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8:00 AM ET, April 19, 2024

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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix won't report subscriber numbers or Average Revenue per Membership starting in Q1 2025, saying time spent is its “best proxy for customer satisfaction”  —  Netflix will no longer report subscriber numbers — a key metric for streaming services for years — beginning with the first quarter of 2025.
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Sarah Whitten / CNBC:
Netflix reports Q1 revenue up 15% YoY to $9.37B, vs. $9.28B est., paid users up 16% YoY to 269.6M, vs. 264.2M est., and net income $2.3B, up from $1.3B YoY  —  LOS ANGELES — Netflix reported earnings that beat on the top and bottom line after the bell Thursday.  —  Here are the results:
New York Times:
Sources: Sony Pictures Entertainment and Apollo discussed a joint all-cash offer for Paramount, which is still in an exclusive negotiation window with Skydance  —  The company and Apollo Global Management are discussing a joint effort, even as Paramount conducts exclusive merger negotiations with Skydance.
David Ingram / NBC News:
Hyundai says it is pausing ads on X, after one ad appeared next to antisemitic and pro-Nazi content; the ad appeared on a user profile that had 55K+ followers  —  The move came after a Hyundai ad appeared next to antisemitic posts from a user who has posted pro-Hitler content.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
CalMatters, a nonprofit focused on CA politics and policy, acquires tech news nonprofit The Markup; CalMatters has ~$12.5M in funding and The Markup has $5M  —  - CalMatters today employs 72 people and The Markup employs 28. … - CalMatters currently has around $12.5 in philanthropic funding …
New York Times:
The judge in Trump's NY criminal trial ordered reporters on April 18 to not disclose jurors' job info and warned against sharing jurors' physical descriptions  —  Some news reports have included details about jurors that had been aired in open court.  One was excused after she developed concerns about being identified.
Megan Specia / New York Times:
RSF: London has become a “hot spot” of transnational threats against Iranian journalists, including from Iranian government, its proxies, and opposition groups  —  Iranian reporters and broadcasters in Britain have suffered physical attacks, threats and surveillance …
Sharon Goldman / Fortune:
A look at LinkedIn's Collaborative Articles, a collection of over 10M work-related Q&A articles, as many users claim the tips are low-quality and AI-generated  —  When Irene Malatesta learned that LinkedIn was launching collaborative articles last year, she was itching to participate.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Essence magazine's parent, Sundial Media Group, agrees to buy Refinery29 from Vice Media and names former Vice COO Cory Haik as CEO of Refinery29  —  - The acquisition of Refinery29 will help Sundial and Essence extend their reach to content companies that cut across culture and commerce, Sundial said in a statement.
Discussion: Sundial Media Group
Daniel Tencer / Music Business Worldwide:
Short-form video app Triller is merging with Hong Kong financial services company AGBA; Triller shareholders will own 80% of the combined company valued at $4B  —  Financially troubled social media app and TikTok competitor Triller is merging with a Hong Kong financial services company …
 
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Jonathan Barrett / The Guardian:
James Warburton, the CEO of Australia's Seven West Media since 2019, steps down; CFO Jeff Howard will take over as CEO starting on April 19
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Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Music rights investor Concord agrees to buy Hipgnosis Songs Fund in a deal valuing the song catalog company at ~$1.4B, capping a period of turmoil for Hipgnosis
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Gene Maddaus / Variety:
A Los Angeles ethics agency fines former CBS CEO Les Moonves $15K for misconduct in obtaining confidential police info about a sexual assault claim against him
Sam Tobin / Reuters:
UK court documents: actor Hugh Grant settled a lawsuit against The Sun publisher News Group Newspapers over claims of using private investigators to phone tap
 

 
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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Report: alleged ringleader of the Scattered Spider hacking group was arrested in Spain; sources: the accused is a 22-year-old Scottish man named Tyler Buchanan

Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
A look at Apple's slow rollout of AI features, impressive visionOS 2 beta, plans for thinnest, lightest devices in tech, including a phone in the iPhone 17 line

Caroline O'Donovan / Washington Post:
Leaked documents reveal life-threatening issues at Amazon's primary-care service One Medical, raising concerns about Amazon's frugal approach to health care

 
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