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9:40 AM ET, February 7, 2024

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Dave Lawler / Axios:
Former Fox host Tucker Carlson says he has traveled to Moscow to interview Vladimir Putin and will air the interview “unedited” on his website and on X  —  Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson said in a video posted to X on Tuesday that he is in Moscow to interview Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Claudia Chiappa / Politico:
Tucker Carlson faces backlash from American and Russian journalists after claiming that Western media is not making an effort to hear Putin's side of the story  —  The controversial pundit is interviewing the Russian leader.  Now other journalists are raging at “this SoB.”
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Patrick Frater / Variety:
Alibaba takes a ~$1.2B impairment charge against its video streaming service Youku, acquired in November 2015 and attributed a $5.5B valuation at the time  —  Chinese e-commerce and entertainment giant Alibaba has taken a $1.2 billion goodwill impairment charge against its video-streaming operation Youku.
Winston Cho / The Hollywood Reporter:
Gina Carano, who was fired from The Mandalorian after controversial social media posts, sues Disney and Lucasfilm for wrongful termination in a suit funded by X  —  The actress claims the entertainment giant discriminated against her for voicing right-wing opinions on hot-button issues.
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The New York Times' The Daily ran a greenwashing BP ad on its January 31 podcast, despite a 2021 pledge by the NYT to ban sponsorships by oil and gas companies  —  The Daily promised to end fossil fuel sponsorships in 2021.  BP promised to stop “corporate reputation advertising” in 2020.
Charles Pulliam-Moore / The Verge:
Disney+ begins emailing subscribers about new changes to its TOS that will make sharing accounts harder, days after Hulu sent out similar notices  —  Today, Disney Plus began sending out emails informing subscribers about new changes to its terms of service that will, among other things …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube says YouTube TV now has 8M+ subscribers, up from 5M+ in mid-2022, and that the YouTube Partner Program has 3M+ channels receiving ad revenue share  —  CEO Neal Mohan also says more than 3 million channels now receive ad-revenue share, touts 1 billion hours viewed on TV daily
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John Hanna / Associated Press:
Marion County Record reporter Phyllis Zorn sues the city of Marion and local officials, saying the Aug. 2023 raid caused her physical and mental health problems  —  A reporter for a weekly Kansas newspaper that police raided last year filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against its hometown and local officials …
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Ted Johnson / Deadline:
Linda Wertheimer, an NPR “founding mother” who joined the outlet at its 1971 launch and directed and hosted All Things Considered, is retiring after 53 years
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Substack is running a pilot program to help creators on the platform sell ads; a writer says Substack contracted an outside team to approach advertisers
Alex Ritman / Variety:
Arthouse streamer Mubi acquires a majority stake in leading Benelux indie distributor Cinéart, marking the first acquisition of a distributor by Mubi
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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Meta proposes standards to identify AI content that its industry peers could use, and plans to label AI images posted on Facebook, Instagram, and Threads