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6:40 AM ET, April 3, 2024

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Bloomberg:
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.
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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 …
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
NewsGuard: 1,197 partisan pink slime news websites are masquerading as local US news outlets as of April 1, compared to ~1,200 genuine local newspaper websites  —  Dark money-funded outlets that mimic regional news sites are becoming more sophisticated ahead of November election
New York Times:
An interview with Oren Etzioni, the founder of nonprofit TrueMedia.org, which has released free AI tools for reporters and fact checkers to identify deepfakes  —  Oren Etzioni worries A.I.-generated fakes could overwhelm upcoming elections.Kyle Johnson for The New York Times
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 …
Jef Feeley / Bloomberg:
Donald Trump sues two co-founders of Trump Media & Technology Group, claiming they set the company up wrong and shouldn't get stock; the two earlier sued Trump  —  - He claims they bungled their duties, forfeiting their stock  — Trump Media shares plunged less than a week after going public
 
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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
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
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Billie Eilish, Katy Perry, and 200+ others sign a letter to AI developers and tech firms decrying “predatory” AI that steals voices, replaces artists, and more
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
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
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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
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
Discussion: AppLovin Corp.
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
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”
 

 
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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

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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