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2:00 PM ET, April 2, 2024

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Disney has pulled ahead in its proxy battle against Trian with more than half of all shares voted; BlackRock and T. Rowe Price are backing Disney  —  BlackRock and T. Rowe Price among major investors backing Disney; voting continues through April 3 meeting
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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
A profile of Dana Walden, who is in the running to be Bob Iger's successor as Disney CEO, as some colleagues and friends discuss her strengths and faults  —  Dana Walden, co-chair of Disney Entertainment  —  In 1994, a captain of the media and entertainment industry saw something in Dana Walden …
Discussion: @sherman4949 and New York Post
Sara Fischer / Axios:
On The Daily Show, Jon Stewart says Apple asked him not to interview FTC chair Lina Khan on his Apple podcast by saying “please don't talk to her”  —  - “Apple's conduct extends beyond just monopoly profits and even affects the flow of speech.
Kristen Lopez / The Wrap:
Miramax names Jonathan Glickman as CEO and acquires his independent film and TV studio, Panoramic Media  —  The move comes six months after Bill Block vacated the role  —  Jonathan Glickman will fill the position of CEO at Miramax, the studio announced Tuesday.
Laya Neelakandan / CNBC:
Private equity firm Silver Lake says it plans to take sports and talent agency Endeavor private at a $13B equity value, or $27.50 per share  —  - CNBC Councils  — CNBC on Peacock  — Join the CNBC Panel  — Supply Chain Values  — Select Shopping  — Ad Choices  — News Tips
David Pierce / The Verge:
Yahoo plans to acquire the tech behind news app Artifact, started by Instagram co-founders Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom, for an undisclosed sum  —  Instagram's co-founders built a powerful and useful tool for recommending news to readers — but could never quite get it to scale.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Billie Eilish, Katy Perry, and 200+ others sign a letter to AI developers and tech companies decrying “predatory” AI that steals voices, replaces artists, more  —  - Jen Jacobsen, executive director at The Artist Rights Alliance (ARA), the trade group representing the artists signing the letter …
John Maher / Publishers Weekly:
Nonprofit library tech cooperative OCLC, which owns WorldCat, acquires CloudLibrary, a digital lending service used by ~500 libraries in 20 countries  —  Nonprofit library technology cooperative OCLC—the company behind WorldCat, the world's largest global catalog of library collections …
Kimberly Nordyke / The Hollywood Reporter:
CBS and the Golden Globes plan to air the 82nd annual ceremony on January 5, 2025, live on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ in the US  —  Organizers also finalized the timetable for submissions across the awards' film and TV categories.  —  CBS and the Golden Globes have set Jan. 5 as the date for the 82nd annual ceremony.
Reuters:
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 …
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg:
Flip, a marketplace with product review videos by shoppers, raised a $144M Series C led by Streamlined at a $1.05B valuation, including $50M from AppLovin  —  - Ad software firm AppLovin invested $50 million in commerce app  — App features video reviews of products made by other shoppers
Discussion: AppLovin Corp.
 
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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
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
TikTok brings its dedicated STEM content feed to Europe, starting in the UK and Ireland, and says 33% of users enabled the feed since its US debut in March 2023
Reuters:
Trump Media & Technology Group closed down 21% on April 1, wiping out its gains from last week's debut, after disclosing a $58M+ loss on $4.1M in 2023 revenue
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
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
Elizabeth Lopatto / The Verge:
A look at the fall of Vice, thanks to wild expenses, shady deals, greed, “fanfiction finance”, and a lack of understanding of how newsrooms work
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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
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
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
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
Daniel Thomas / Financial Times:
An interview with Sony Music CEO Rob Stringer on AI's role in the industry, concerns with licensing to TikTok, working at Sony for over two decades, and more
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
 

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

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”

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

 
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