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9:25 AM ET, April 20, 2020


 Top News: 
Nour Haydar / ABC:
Australia orders the creation of a mandatory code of conduct requiring platforms like Google and Facebook to pay media businesses for news content  —  The Federal Government has ordered the competition watchdog to develop a mandatory code of conduct to govern commercial dealings between tech giants and news media companies.
Mark Di Stefano / Financial Times:
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle write to the editors of The Sun, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, and Daily Mail, promising to never work with them again  —  Former royal couple vow to cut off 4 UK newspapers over ‘distorted and invasive’ stories  —  Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle …
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Facebook to launch a dedicated gaming app to let users create and watch live game streams, available on Android on Monday and on iOS when Apple approves it  —  Video games are surging in popularity in the pandemic.  So Facebook is rolling out an app designed for creating and watching live gameplay.
Mark Di Stefano / Financial Times:
Memo: NBC News has sold its 25% stake in Euronews to Media Globe Networks, which now holds 88% of the France-based broadcaster  —  US broadcaster's launch of NBC Sky World News has been delayed by virus crisis  —  NBC News has sold its stake in struggling broadcaster Euronews …
Discussion: @markdistef
Christopher Palmeri / Bloomberg:
Some linear cable TV channels are still not gaining viewers even under lockdowns, as ESPN and Disney were down 62% and 37% YoY respectively the week of April 12  —  - Virus accelerates the trend to more online video viewing  — Sports networks tumble, while cable news enjoys a surge
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How US State Department's decision to expel Chinese state media employees gave China an excuse to kick out American reporters right as the coronavirus took off  —  American journalists were showing the world the devastating effects of China's botched response to the coronavirus.  Now, many have been kicked out.
Christina Settimi / Forbes:
Esports and gaming lifestyle media company FaZe Clan raises $40M led by Jimmy Iovine and mobile e-commerce company NTWRK  —  E.T.; Adds the value of the raise and additional names of individual investors.  —  Esports company FaZe Clan announced that it has closed a $40 million round …
Manori Ravindran / Variety:
After canceling its in-person event, Cannes Lions launches Lions Live, a free platform operating in June that will include masterclasses and more  —  Cannes Lions has launched digital education platform ‘Lions Live,’ weeks after organizers called off this year's event.
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Justin Davidson / New York Magazine:
Profile of West Side Rag, the online-only hyperlocal news site for the Upper West Side in NYC that has become indispensable to residents during the pandemic  —  Now that a laptop screen serves as a porthole to a landscape of depression, with waves of demoralizing news washing in from around the world …
Blake Robbins / Blake Robbins' Newsletter:
Profile of MrBeast, a 21-year-old YouTube content creator who pioneered video challenges and has ~34M subscribers, averaging ~1.5M+ new subscribers per month  —  Sign up now  —  MrBeast, aka Jimmy Donaldson, is the most interesting creator on YouTube.  MrBeast is one of the fastest-growing YouTube creators.
Discussion: @blakeir
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