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12:50 PM ET, April 3, 2024

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Reuters:
Sources: Disney secures enough shareholder votes to defeat Trian Partners' attempt to put Nelson Peltz and ex-Disney CFO Jay Rasulo on Disney's board  —  Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) has secured enough shareholder votes to defeat a challenge against its board mounted by Nelson Peltz's hedge fund …
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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
Bloomberg:
Sources: Spotify plans to raise prices by $1 to $2 per month in the UK, Australia, Pakistan, and two other markets by the end of April, and the US later in 2024  —  - The audio service will raise prices in a few major markets  — Spotify will create new plan that doesn't include audiobooks
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
NewsGuard: 1,197 partisan news websites in the US masquerade as local 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
Discussion: MIT Technology Review
Amrita Khalid / The Verge:
Facebook updates its mobile video player with a TikTok-like vertical look and new controls for Reels, Live, and longform videos, starting with the US and Canada  —  Facebook is launching an updated mobile video player that will bring the vertical look made ubiquitous by TikTok and Reels …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Meta
David Satin / The Streamable:
Roku partners with the NBA to launch the first-ever NBA-branded FAST channel, and a NBA Zone content hub with access to basketball content  —  Fans will be able to watch classic games, see highlights, originals, documentaries and more on the first-ever NBA FAST channel.
Discussion: The Desk and Next TV
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
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 …
Emilia David / The Verge:
Stability AI releases Stable Audio 2.0, which lets users create three-minute sound clips from copyright-free audio samples, available for free via its website  —  Stable Audio 2., an audio generation model for Stability AI, now lets users upload their own audio samples which they can then …
Mia Sato / The Verge:
Patreon rolls out a Reddit-like community moderation feature that lets podcasters, artists, writers, and other creators assign community members as moderators  —  Patreon is taking a page out of Reddit's book.  Now, podcasters, artists, writers, and other creators on the subscription-focused creator platform …
 
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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
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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