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4:35 AM ET, April 6, 2020

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Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
Jeffery Katzenberg and Meg Whitman's Quibi short-video streaming service launches with $1.8B in funding amid the Covid-19 pandemic  —  Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman had to cancel a starry Hollywood party for their short-video platform because of the virus.  But Quibi is still going live.
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Adam Epstein / Quartz:
To succeed, Quibi should lean into the unscripted content that works well on the platform, and not mimic prestige television  —  The Third Age of TV  —  First came broadcast, then cable, now streaming.  —  The original pitch for Quibi, a new video app launching today (April 6) …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Quibi app review: works reliably, auto-flips between landscape and portrait, but no tablet-optimized mode, no family member profiles, and lacks a TV experience  —  A mobile-only video app was always going to be a hard sell  —  After months of publicity, Quibi — the mobile phone app that's centered …
Washington Post:
Health risks and privacy issues prevent journalists from reporting inside hospitals, leading to conspiracy theories as some cast doubts about lack of visuals  —  The coronavirus pandemic has been likened to a war.  But journalists are largely absent from the harrowing, heartbreaking front line of this crisis: hospitals.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The daily TV appearances of Chris Cuomo with Gov. Cuomo have become compelling viewing but critics question the journalistic propriety of the familial episodes  —  A month ago, it would have seemed unlikely — ridiculous, even — that the most riveting duo in America would be the Empire …
KQED:
A San Francisco Examiner reporter reflects on the impact of the paper's 40% cut in hours and pay for all staff, even as its news site gets more views  —  On Tuesday, all staffers at the San Francisco Examiner and SF Weekly were notified that they'll be taking a 40 percent cut in hours and salary …
Robert Boxwell / South China Morning Post:
The blame game: Covid-19 and the anatomy of a fake news story  —  The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson's recent retweet of an article blaming the US for infecting Wuhan with coronavirus provides one clear example of how governments and their agencies can manipulate facts and blur reality …
Discussion: Politico
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Apptopia and Braze study: with 59M global installs, Netflix led rivals YouTube, Amazon Prime, and Disney+ in Q1, but more time was spent on YouTube Kids  —  Netflix may still dominate global streaming, but Disney+ has made a huge splash in the United States, where it launched in November.
Discussion: MediaPost and @masasoncap
Rebecca Rubin / Variety:
Some independent movie theaters are launching “virtual cinemas” to let patrons stream first-tier films from home as a temporary revenue source amid the pandemic  —  Greg Laemmle never thought he'd recommend anyone to stream a movie at home.  The best way to watch a film …
Julie Reynolds / DFM Workers:
Sources: Alden Global Capital's MNG has quietly laid off or furloughed staff across its local newspapers this past week, including 13 layoffs at the Denver Post  —  At the Denver Post, the newsroom staff has shrunk by 70 percent in just a few years.  But on Friday, when those remaining believed …
 
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Rebecca Davis / Variety:
China's National Film Bureau says it is working to ensure a strong supply of films available for streaming, days after President Xi told cinemas to remain shut
Discussion: Variety
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Manori Ravindran / Variety:
Ampere: unscripted projects in development across 160 streamers grew from 24% in December 2018 to 51% a year later