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12:05 PM ET, April 20, 2023


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New York Times:
Memo: BuzzFeed News is shutting down, and BuzzFeed is cutting jobs by ~15%; Jonah Peretti: “We will have a single news brand in HuffPost, which is profitable”  —  BuzzFeed News, which won a Pulitzer Prize but never made money, is “beginning the process of closing,” the company's founder …
Jef Feeley / Bloomberg:
Sources: the prospect of fired Fox News producer Abby Grossberg's secret recordings being played during trial helped push Fox News to its Dominion settlement  —  The prospect of a fired Fox News producer's secret recordings being played during trial helped push the conservative network …
Discussion: @timobrien
Sources and the mediator detail how Fox and Dominion settled, after Dominion notified Fox that Rupert Murdoch and Tucker Carlson were among its first witnesses
Washington Post:
The Fox-Dominion settlement is the largest publicly disclosed one in a US defamation case yet; sources: Fox doesn't have to make an on-air correction or apology
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Jack Shafer / Politico:
For Fox Corp., which ended 2022 with $4.1B in “cash and cash equivalents” on hand, $787.5M is a bargain to avoid more embarrassment and continue its sleazy ways
Steven Monacelli / @stevanzetti:
[Thread] Twitter suspends Wired's Dell Cameron, saying he broke its hacked material policy by reporting about a hack of anti-trans activist Matt Walsh's account  —  WOW: @dellcam has been suspended by Twitter after reporting about the hack of Matt Walsh's Twitter account
Mariella Moon / Engadget:
Imgur says it will delete “old, unused, and inactive content” that's not tied to a user account, starting on May 15  —  For years, Imgur has made sharing photos and GIFs on the internet as easy as uploading a file — you don't even need an account to use it.
Bron Maher / Press Gazette:
Insider is laying off about 10% of its US-based staff, affecting editorial and commercial roles; the company employs approximately 950 people globally  —  The company president emailed staff to inform them at 7am Eastern time on Thursday.  —  Insider is laying off 10% of its staff in the US …
Matt Binder / Mashable:
Microsoft plans to drop Twitter support from its ad platform on April 25; users won't be able to access or manage Twitter accounts through Microsoft's tool  —  Yet another big B2B service passes on paying for Twitter's new high-priced API.  —  Twitter is being removed from yet another big B2B platform.
Financial Times:
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Paramount files a countersuit against Warner Bros. Discovery in the dispute over South Park streaming rights, alleging the company withheld $52M in license fees  —  Paramount Global fired back on Wednesday in the battle over “South Park” streaming rights, accusing Warner Bros. Discovery of withholding $52 million in license fees.
Katherine Le Ruez / The Guardian:
The Guardian signs a licensing deal with British tech company Illuma, letting Illuma use The Guardian API to categorize article pages for contextual ad purposes  —  The Guardian has signed an agreement with a British technology company, Illuma, to categorise article pages for contextual advertising purposes …
Discussion: Digiday and The Drum
Carl Sullivan / Flipboard:
Flipboard adds Mastodon accounts corresponding with editorial “desks” to curate content on four topics: news, tech, culture, and science  —  Flipboard joined the Fediverse a couple of months ago when we announced our Mastodon integration and launched our own community …
Liam Scott / Voice of America:
Two reporters in North Carolina were convicted on April 19 of trespassing following their 2021 arrests while covering a homeless encampment; they plan to appeal  —  Two local reporters in North Carolina were convicted Wednesday of misdemeanor trespassing after being arrested while covering …
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County official Mark Jennings resigns after an Oklahoma newspaper released audio allegedly of him and others talking about killing journalists and Black people
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