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11:20 PM ET, May 21, 2020

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Ben Smith / @benyt:
Memo: The Atlantic is laying off 68 people across divisions, or about 20% of its staff, after collapse of its events business, with the rest getting pay cuts  —  The Atlantic is laying off about 20% of its staff — 68 people across divisions — per a memo from David Bradley, after collapse of events business. https://twitter.com/...
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Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Netflix says it will ask customers who have been inactive for a year or more if they want to keep their subscriptions, canceling accounts that take no action  —  - Netflix will start asking customers who haven't used its platform in the past year if they want to keep their subscriptions.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is seeking an executive to lead its original podcasts effort and is acquiring podcasts that would tie into shows on its TV+ service  —  - Company is seeking executive to lead development of new shows  — Apple faces threat from Spotify's growing podcast ambitions
Trevor Knoblich / ONA20:
The Online News Association will host its annual conference online, Oct. 1-16, and says the event won't be as expensive as its previous physical gatherings  —  Chief Knowledge Officer Trevor Knoblich details what to expect from our global journalism innovation festival
Ashley Feinberg / Slate:
A close examination of Ben Smith's column about Ronan Farrow reveals weaknesses in Smith's indictment, including a fuzzy definition of “resistance journalism”  —  It was a tantalizing story, written by the New York Times' freshly poached media columnist and published …
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
ViacomCBS licenses Some Good News, John Krasinski's YouTube series that gained 2.56M subscribers in 2 months, to be shown on CBS All Access and linear networks  —  The feel-good web series will have a multiplatform showcase across all of the conglomerate's brands and platforms, though the actor …
Ben Norton / The Grayzone:
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK newspapers no longer have to make their print circulations public through ABC as they give “stimulus to write a negative narrative of circulation decline”  —  UK national newspapers no longer have to make their print circulations public through auditors ABC from today …
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Oliver Darcy / @oliverdarcy:
[Thread] Washington Examiner says it will hire an HR rep and work on communication after a consultant reviewed workplace culture following claims of bullying  —  The third-party probe into the Washington Examiner's culture has been completed, the head of the outlet's parent org, Ryan McKibben, announced to staff Thursday. As a result, a dedicated HR person will be hired and staff will undergo harassment and discrimination training. https://twitter.com/...
Jason Lynch / Adweek:
Disney moves back ad sales and media distribution divisions to its Media Networks group, following the departure of Kevin Mayer  —  Media distribution team also moving from company's DTCI segment, effective immediately  —  Key insights:  —  Disney streaming head Kevin Mayer's surprise exit …
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Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
ScreenHits launches a streaming video aggregator app that lets users bundle different services like Netflix and Disney+; app subscriptions start at $1.99/month
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
NYT's proprietary ads platform plan has been misread as protecting user data more than Facebook and Google do, yet NYT will still sell targeted ads using data
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Scribd announces Scribd Perks, which gives paying subscribers access to additional audio and video streaming services like Pandora Plus at no extra charge
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Matt Donnelly / Variety:
An unreleased version of Justice League, the cut by original director Zach Snyder, will be released on HBO Max in 2021, after a sustained fan campaign
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Twitter is testing a feature that lets a tweet's author limit who can reply, giving the options of Everyone, People You Follow, and Only People You Mention