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7:35 PM ET, May 27, 2020


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Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
HBO Max launches without being on Roku and Amazon, the two most popular streaming platforms  —  The latest new streaming service HBO Max bowed with unlimited access to every episode of “Friends,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Game of Thrones.”  But if all you've got is a streaming player from Roku or Amazon, you won't be able to watch.
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed News:
After Twitter labeled Trump's tweets, his campaign and Fox News target Twitter's Site Integrity lead Yoel Roth; Twitter says Roth works on manipulation and bots  —  “No one person at Twitter is responsible for our policies,” a Twitter spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.
After Twitter adds a label to his misleading tweets, Trump says Republicans will “strongly regulate” social media platforms or “close them down”  —  - Attack comes after Twitter fact-checked, labeled Trump tweet  — Tech companies have faced criticism from conservatives of bias
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
In a first, Twitter adds a “Get the facts” label to two Trump tweets with false claims about mail-in voting, which links to a Twitter Moment refuting his claims
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Apple's acquisition of Fraggle Rock's past TV seasons ahead of a reboot on TV+ signals a strategy shift for the service that had relied on original content  —  Apple isn't echoing Netflix's strategy, but it's certainly doing something new  —  Apple is acquiring Fraggle Rock's past TV seasons ahead …
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
To protect a key Boris Johnson aide caught breaking lockdown rules, his government is deploying Trump's “fake news” screeds under a veneer of British gentility  —  In early April, Matthew Weaver, a reporter at The Guardian in the UK, received a phone call from a source in Durham …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
BBC's Emily Maitlis has been replaced as host of Wednesday's Newsnight after being reprimanded for breaching impartiality rules in remarks on Dominic Cummings
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Instagram says it will now split revenue with creators, sharing 55% of the revenue from IGTV ads and badges on Live, starting with 200 partners next week  —  And purchasable Badges in Instagram Live  —  For the first time in its history, Instagram will start sharing revenue with creators through ads …
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Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
CBS entertainment and news divisions are going through a round of layoffs, the first on the broadcast side, as part of a restructuring after the Viacom merger  —  The cuts at the broadcast network come a month after similar actions at the company's cable properties.
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Overview of efforts by Reid Hoffman, Eric Schmidt, and others to boost Joe Biden's chances, including funding media via Acronym, which funds Courier Newsroom  —  Reid Hoffman, Eric Schmidt, Dustin Moskovitz, and Laurene Powell Jobs, Silicon Valley's new power set, are instrumental …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
UK's Bauer Radio will fold around 50 local radio stations into a national radio network; local journalist and travel reporter roles are likely to be unaffected  —  Bauer rebranding will scrap regional identities and replace them with national network  —  Dozens of towns and cities across England …
Laura Snapes / The Guardian:
Many UK music magazines have been hit hard by the COVID-19 lockdown, with some like Mixmag and DJ Mag suspending printing and others facing closures  —  From Q Magazine to smaller free sheets, many publications hit hard by Covid-19 lockdown  —  As the nation locked down in March …
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The State:
The State in Columbia, SC, is moving print production to Charlotte and Raleigh, will lay off 70 full-time and 65 part-time staffers by July, is hiring reporters
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Toronto Star:
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Tim Burke / Courier:
Amazon sent a script and video to US TV stations promoting its safety measures; at least 11 stations aired some form of it, and 10 didn't divulge the source