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12:25 AM ET, April 2, 2024


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Retail investors, who hold 40% of Disney stock, may decide the Disney-Peltz proxy fight, which is expected to be one of the most expensive in history
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: OpenAI discussed training GPT-5 on public YouTube video transcripts; AI companies struggle to find quality training data as publishers block access  —  Firms such as OpenAI and Anthropic are working to find enough information to train next-generation artificial-intelligence models
Israeli parliament approves a bill allowing the temporary closure of foreign broadcasters, like Al Jazeera, considered a national security threat  —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revived moves on Monday to shut down Qatari satellite television station Al Jazeera in Israel …
Daniel Thomas / Financial Times:
An interview with Sony Music CEO Rob Stringer on AI's role in the industry, licensing concerns with TikTok, working with Sony for over two decades, and more  —  The executive on the streaming boom, the challenge of AI — and taking Harry Styles to see Luton FC
Trump Media & Technology Group closed down 21% on April 1, wiping out the gains from last week, after it disclosed a $58M+ loss on $4.1M in revenue in 2023  —  Shares of Donald Trump's social media company plunged 21% on Monday, wiping out the gains from its debut last week …
Trishla Ostwal / Adweek:
AI search engine Perplexity, which touts on its site that search should be “free from the influence of advertising-driven models”, says it will sell ads  —  The AI search engine must prove ad scalability and address brand safety concerns  —  Generative AI search engine Perplexity …
Brett Martin / New York Times:
A profile of Matt Farley, who has released thousands of songs under ~80 pseudonyms on music streaming services with the goal of matching nearly any search query  —  Matt Farley has released thousands of songs with the goal of producing a result to match nearly anything anybody could think to search for.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Steven Miron and Steven Newhouse resign from WBD board after the US DOJ informed them it launched an antitrust probe about serving on the boards of competitors  —  Miron, CEO of media company Advance/Newhouse Partnership and a senior executive officer at the Newhouse family's investment business Advance …
Wall Street Journal:
Ampere: seven movie adaptations of video games were released broadly in 2023; Comscore: movies based on video games grossed $712.2M at the US box office in 2023  —  Studios seek the wisdom of die-hard gaming fans.  ‘Every design now is vetted within an inch of its life.’  —  Sonic's teeth were creepy.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Q&A with Paramount Streaming CEO and Pluto TV co-founder Tom Ryan on Pluto's first decade, Viacom acquisition, Paramount+ being profitable by 2025's end, more  —  Tom Ryan co-founded the free, ad-supported streaming service Pluto TV, which launched 10 years ago with a linear TV-like grid and a cluster of …
David Bauder / Associated Press:
NBC News' controversy around Ronna McDaniel sparks debate over political contributors' role in TV news and the challenges in representing diverse viewpoints  —  One of the nation's most prominent news outlets has found itself in an embarrassing mess over the hiring — and quick firing …
New York Times:
A profile of NBCU News Group Chair Cesar Conde, as he tries to navigate the biggest crisis of his tenure after the rapid hiring and dismissal of Ronna McDaniel
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Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
TikTok brings its dedicated STEM content feed to Europe, starting in the UK and Ireland, and says 33% of users have enabled the feed since its US launch in 2023
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Authentic Brands sues Arena Group and CEO Manoj Bhargava, says they owe $48.75M in missed payments and damages for infringing on Sports Illustrated's copyright
Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
Liberty Media agrees to acquire an 86% stake in Madrid-based Dorna Sports, the commercial rights holder for MotoGP, in a deal valuing Dorna at €4.2B
Max Tani / Semafor:
Sources: Apple suggests podcasters join its subscription program to get on its “browse” carousel; 5 of the first 7 carousel podcasts last week were participants
 Earlier Picks: 
Josh Hersh / Columbia Journalism Review:
Sports podcasts hosted by athletes offer an insider analysis, but they don't do investigative reporting, which major sports outlets have also turned away from
Alex Sujong Laughlin / Defector:
Some journalists have experimented with paying sources for their time in documentary work, in particular for podcasts, raising questions about ethics and power
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with war correspondent Jane Ferguson on her biggest stories, the rise of local reporters, the pressure female reporters face concerning their looks, more

From Techmeme:

Meta says it is testing its Meta AI chatbot with WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger users in India and parts of Africa

Cristiano Lima-Strong / Washington Post:
Sources detail how Senate Commerce Committee chair Maria Cantwell, who recently proposed a privacy bill, has undermined privacy negotiations for years

Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Elon Musk's xAI previews Grok-1.5 Vision, its first multimodal model, and says the AI model will be available soon to “early testers and existing Grok users”

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