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1:05 PM ET, April 23, 2024


 Top News: 
Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify reports Q1 revenue up 20% YoY to €3.6B, MAUs up 19% YoY to 615M, below 617.9M est., subscribers up 14% YoY to 239M, and a €168M operating income  —  - Subscribers to paid Spotify tiers jumped 14% to 239 million  — Swedish audio-streaming company posted record operating profit
Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
PEN America cancels its 2024 literary awards ceremony, set for April 29, after months of protests over the organization's response to the war in Gaza  —  The event had been set for April 29, but weeks of escalating criticism of the organization's response to the war had led nearly half of the prize nominees to withdraw.
Adam B. Vary / Variety:
The Blair Witch Project cast requests retroactive residuals and “meaningful consultation” on future projects, after Lionsgate and Blumhouse announced a reboot  —  The directors and producers of the groundbreaking 1999 horror film release a separate statement in support …
Kate Lyons / The Guardian:
Australia's ABC South Asia correspondent Avani Dias says India refused her a standard visa renewal, after issuing a takedown notice to YouTube for her stories  —  Despite eventual visa backflip by authorities, ABC's south-Asia correspondent Avani Dias left after being made to ‘feel so uncomfortable’
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
In its first open call for funding, Press Forward announces support, over two years, of $100,000 each for 100+ newsrooms focused on underserved audiences  —  It includes $100,000 each in general operating support for more than 100 newsrooms  —  We now know the focus for the first open call …
New York Times:
The American Sunlight Project, led by ex-US DHS exec Nina Jankowicz, launches to fight a “campaign by conservatives” to undermine disinformation researchers  —  The group intends to fight what its leader, Nina Jankowicz, and others have described as a coordinated campaign …
Sophie Culpepper / Nieman Lab:
Four top editors from Texas, California, and Canada talk about the challenges of running a metro newspaper in the digital era, keeping readers engaged, and more  —  “People will pay you to make their lives easier, even when it comes to telling them which burrito to eat.”
Discussion: Media Voices
Tariq Panja / New York Times:
Sources: FIFA is close to giving Apple the global rights for its 2025 World Cup-style soccer competition in the US, likely for ~25% of FIFA's first $4B estimate  —  The agreement would give the tech company worldwide rights for a monthlong World Cup-style competition between top teams set to take place next year.
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Sean Piccoli / Deadline:
Ex-American Media CEO David Pecker was the first witness at Trump's hush money trial, as prosecutors outline National Enquirer's role in “catch and kill” scheme
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Newsletter service Ghost says it plans to add ActivityPub support in 2024; rival service Buttondown also plans ActivityPub support
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Memo: Aaron LaBerge, the CTO of Disney Entertainment and ESPN, will leave the company after June for personal reasons, to become the CTO of Penn Entertainment
 Earlier Picks: 
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
EU opens another TikTok probe and will now formally assess whether TikTok Lite's design, which financially rewards users for watching videos, is “addictive”
Andrew Marchand / The Athletic:
Sources: NBA is seeking new contracts that are at least a decade long with streaming as the main distribution method; Amazon Prime Video, Peacock are contenders
Ian Youngs / BBC:
Huw Edwards, the BBC news anchor who has been off air since July 2023 after reports that he paid a young person for explicit images, resigns on “medical advice”
Matt Burgess / Wired:
Researchers: files on a misconfigured North Korean server suggest local animators worked on upcoming Prime Video and Max TV shows, possibly via a Chinese front
Washington Post:
Analysis: the 25 most-cited US news organizations lost 75% of their Facebook user engagement and 58% of their Instagram interactions between Q1 2022 and Q1 2024

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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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