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4:00 PM ET, April 3, 2024


 Top News: 
Jessica Toonkel / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: members of Paramount's board and Skydance Media have agreed to go into exclusive merger discussions; Paramount will pause talks with other bidders  —  Agreement paves the way for an exit by controlling shareholder Shari Redstone  —  A deal between Paramount and Skydance is potentially one step closer to happening.
Disney prevails in the proxy fight with Nelson Peltz's Trian Partners as shareholders vote to reelect its full board, a stamp of approval for Bob Iger's efforts  —  (L to R) Chief executive officer and chairman of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger and Mickey Mouse look on before ringing …
Wall Street Journal:
How Disney repeatedly extending Bob Iger's contract, including five extensions between 2011 and 2017, became a key criticism of Nelson Peltz's Trian Partners
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
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The NYT plans to make most of its articles available as narrations read via an automated voice, rolling out to 10% of website, app, and audio app users  —  - The company published 2,300 audio recordings, including podcasts, in 2023 with more than 600 Times reporters contributing.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
New York Times:
An interview with Oren Etzioni, the founder of nonprofit, 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
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Lachlan Cartwright / New York Times:
An ex-editor of The National Enquirer recalls the tabloid's notorious “catch and kill” campaign that is now at the heart of Donald Trump's first criminal trial
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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Christopher Kuo / New York Times:
George Carlin's estate settles with the makers of Dudesy, who agree to remove their YouTube video and podcast they originally claimed used an “AI” George Carlin
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
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