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9:25 PM ET, April 19, 2024

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Ruth La Ferla / New York Times:
Graydon Carter opens a physical store called Air Mail Newsstand in NYC, as an extension of his digital newsletter Air Mail, selling books, magazines, and more  —  Shoe horns, lampshades and CBD-infused elixirs are among the goods Graydon Carter is selling at a new newsstand-style shop in New York.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Filing: Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav's 2023 compensation package was worth $49.7M, up 26.5% from the year prior, with $23.1M in stock awards  —  David Zaslav, president and CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, had a 2023 pay package worth $49.7 million, up 26.5% from the year prior …
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Post.News, the news-focused social platform launched in 2022 that offered micropayments to publishers, is shutting down after failing to grow “fast enough”  —  Post News, a Twitter alternative that emerged in the wake of Elon Musk's takeover, is shutting down.
Sharon Knolle / The Wrap:
Sesame Workshop writers reach a tentative deal with management, narrowly avoiding a strike; the 35 WGA members will vote to ratify the deal in the coming days  —  Once ratified, the writers will win protections against artificial intelligence and improvements to new media residuals
Nathan Grayson / Aftermath:
The New York Times' thriving games business prompts others to try to replicate its success, such as with Hearst's acquisition of Puzzmo, but games coverage lags  —  “The ad market is terrible.  There's very real news fatigue.  There's tons of alternative sources for news that aren't even news agencies."
Bron Maher / Press Gazette:
Inside the turmoil at UK-based nonprofit newsroom Open Democracy, whose leadership team says it could have been insolvent by June without 40% cost cuts  —  Turmoil at the top of Open Democracy has led to legal letters being sent.  —  Open Democracy could have gone into liquidation by June …
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.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix plans to stop reporting subscriber numbers and Average Revenue per Membership from Q1 2025, as 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 memberships up 16% YoY to 269.6M, vs. 264.2M est., and net income up 79% YoY to $2.33B
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Ben Burgis / Jacobin:
A deep look at the reasons behind the ongoing strike at The Long Beach Post, including layoffs after staffers voted to form a union
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
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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
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
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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
 

 
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Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post:
Documents and sources: OpenAI didn't use Scarlett Johansson's voice for ChatGPT's Sky and hired another actress months before Sam Altman contacted Johansson

Mayank Parmar / BleepingComputer:
Microsoft users report a massive outage impacting Bing.com, Copilot for web and mobile, Copilot in Windows, and more; ChatGPT and DuckDuckGo have similar issues

André Beganski / Decrypt:
The US House passes the Financial Innovation and Technology for the 21st Century Act, or FIT21, which would create a regulatory framework for digital assets

 
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