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7:50 PM ET, April 2, 2024


 Top News: 
Sources: Vanguard Group, the biggest investor in Disney with a roughly 8.3% stake, is voting for Disney's board nominees at the annual meeting on April 3  —  NYC Comptroller on Disney Proxy Fight, Congestion Pricing … Vanguard is the biggest investor in Disney, with a roughly 8.3% stake, Bloomberg-compiled data show.
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
Financial Times:
US-based hedge fund Hunterbrook launches its newsroom, Hunterbrook Media, after raising $100M to make trades based on scoops uncovered by its reporters  —  Target of Hunterbrook's first story questions ethics of it taking a short position in its stock  —  A US hedge fund has raised $100mn …
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.
David Pierce / The Verge:
Yahoo acquires the news app Artifact, shuts down its standalone app, and plans to use its technology on Yahoo News and other services in the coming months  —  Instagram's co-founders built a powerful and useful tool for recommending news to readers — but could never quite get it to scale.
John Hanna / Associated Press:
The Marion County Record's parent and Eric Meyer, its editor and publisher, file a federal lawsuit over police raids of its offices and Meyer's home in 2023  —  A weekly central Kansas newspaper and its publisher filed a federal lawsuit Monday over police raids last summer of its offices …
Discussion: Kansas Reflector and Media Nation
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
A look at the lawyers using defamation lawsuits to fight political disinformation with a focus on key spreaders, like Alex Jones  —  “I've always despised bullies that pick on defenseless or seemingly defenseless people,” said Michael J. Gottlieb, who has represented clients targeted …
Tyler Jett / Des Moines Register:
Iowa officials settle a suit with independent political blogger Laura Belin, who was denied a press pass to the legislature; Iowa will pay her attorneys $49K  —  Iowa state officials agreed Tuesday to pay attorney's fees and change state House policies to settle a lawsuit from a liberal blogger …
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 …
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
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 …
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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
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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
Israeli parliament approves a bill allowing the temporary closure of foreign broadcasters, like Al Jazeera, considered a national security threat

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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