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3:40 PM ET, April 28, 2020

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Thom Geier / The Wrap:
Universal says Trolls World Tour on-demand release has netted ~5M downloads; source: it's made $77M in revenue from the 80% it retains from digital rental fees  —  Universal's gamble to bypass a theatrical release for “Trolls World Tour” and release it on demand instead appears to have paid off — big time.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
YouTube adds fact-check info boxes to some searches, above the search results, in the US, after launching in Brazil and India last year  —  The program launched in Brazil and India last year  —  YouTube will begin adding informational panels containing information from its network …
Abby Ohlheiser / MIT Technology Review:
A look at the ways medical professionals are using TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube to combat COVID-19 misinformation and the challenges they face as influencers  —  When President Donald Trump suggested during a press conference that doctors should look into treating covid-19 patients with an …
Washington Post:
Stanford Internet Observatory researchers say Facebook and YouTube should not allow political ads from state-controlled media outlets  —  Vanessa Molter is a graduate research assistant at the Stanford Internet Observatory.  Renée DiResta is the research manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory.
Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Hollywood studios and unions, including Disney, Warner Bros., and DGA, are developing new industry protocols to protect against COVID-19 on set  —  Studios and guilds are debating a phased approach that includes pretesting for antibodies, quarantining sets and airline-style packaged meals …
Gavin Edwards / New York Times:
Six newspaper cartoonists share the different ways they are addressing the pandemic and its societal impact  —  Daily newspaper cartoonists have finally caught up with the coronavirus.  —  As the Covid-19 pandemic spread across the world, many in the United States self-quarantined …
Discussion: @mrgavinedwards
Melynda Fuller / MediaPost:
Trusted Media Brands, parent company to Reader's Digest, Family Handyman, and others, names Beth Tomkiw as its first chief content officer  —  Trusted Media Brands is uniting its content teams through the appointment of Beth Tomkiw to the post of Chief Content Officer across its brands, a first for the company.
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
London Evening Standard CEO Mike Soutar to step down after six months in the role; the paper, which printed 800K copies pre-crisis, is now down to 500K  —  Evening Standard chief executive Mike Soutar will step down at the end of May after six months in the role, which he is the first to have held.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Virtual concerts firm Wave announces a concert series starting April 30, to be streamed on all major platforms, and partnerships with Warner Music, Roc Nation  —  Virtual concerts firm Wave is announcing “One Wave,” a series of virtual concerts with John Legend, Galantis, Tinashe, and others.
Discussion: Variety, Rolling Stone and CNET
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Publishers are becoming worried that ad tech companies could default on payments, creating a ripple effect, as the global ad market weakens during the pandemic  —  Publishers are wary of the domino effect on their programmatic advertising businesses if ad tech firms default on their payments.
Discussion: @larakiara and AdExchanger
Zheping Huang / Bloomberg:
Chinese streaming site Bilibili is serving state propaganda alongside anime clips aimed at Gen Z, with China's Communist Youth League among its top creators  —  Like many Chinese teenagers, Shan Bingxin turns to Bilibili to alleviate his pandemic ennui.  For about three hours a day …
 
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Daniel Pollack-Pelzner / The Atlantic:
London's National Theatre has found online success amid COVID-19 through NT Live, founded in 2009, which films on-stage events for YouTube and other platforms
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
As the pandemic halts filming, ad agencies are increasingly turning towards digitally altered, deepfake-style ads that repurpose old footage for new uses
CNN:
Baseless YouTube conspiracy videos, embraced by CCP media and uploaded to WeChat, Weibo, claim a US Army reservist started the pandemic and are ruining her life
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The Daily Beast:
Fox News cuts ties with Diamond & Silk, who've contributed original content to Fox Nation since 2018, after they pushed conspiracy theories about the pandemic
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
WarnerMedia and Apple reach a deal to give free HBO Max access to existing HBO customers billed through Apple
Discussion: The Verge and The Streamable
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Report: more than four out of five newspapers in the US did not qualify for Paycheck Protection Program loans because of how their companies are structured
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
White House reverses course after initially canceling today's coronavirus press briefing; WH did not hold a briefing over the weekend
The Independent:
FT reporter Mark Di Stefano accessed confidential Zoom calls at The Independent and Evening Standard where staff were informed of pay cuts and furloughs