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3:45 PM ET, May 28, 2020

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple acquires Martin Scorsese's next film, Killers of the Flower Moon, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro  —  ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ to be labeled an Apple Original Film  —  Apple Inc. has nabbed director Martin Scorsese's next film, “Killers of the Flower Moon …
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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
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
The Drudge Report has been linking to an obscure site filled with plagiarized content from NYT and others, sending ~8M pageviews to the site since November  —  On Tuesday, New York Times columnist Kara Swisher revealed that a widower sent a personal letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey asking …
Ludovic Blecher / The Keyword:
Google grants between $5K and $30K to 5,300+ small and medium local newsrooms around the world through its Journalism Emergency Relief Fund  —  COVID-19 has upended the news industry, hitting local news particularly hard with job losses, furloughs, cutbacks and even closure.
Discussion: Press Gazette
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
SensorTower: HBO Max has seen just 90,000 downloads of its mobile app on its first day, compared to 4M for Disney+ and 300,000 for Quibi on their first days  —  - Disney+ had 4 million first-day downloads; Quibi over 300,000  — AT&T's WarnerMedia disputes figure, says it's happy with debut
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Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
HBO Max launches without being on Roku and Amazon, the two most popular streaming platforms
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Indiegraf, with funding via Google News Initiative and Facebook Journalism Project, launches as a network of local news sites sharing resources in Canada  —  What would a newspaper chain look like if it were reimagined for a group of digital, subscriber-funded publications?
Kathryn Hopkins / WWD:
Hearst is offering free PSA ads to advertisers in Harper's Bazaar, Elle, and Marie Claire, which will also help thicken issues at a time when ads are falling  —  More than 80 brands have participated, including Chanel, Gucci, Cartier, Carolina Herrera and Unilever.
Discussion: @media_evan
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Memo: Amazon Studios co-head of movies, Ted Hope, is leaving to return to his role as a producer, and will enter a multi-year first-look deal with the company  —  EXCLUSIVE: Big move over at Amazon Studios.  Ted Hope has decided to exit as Co-Head of Movies to go back to his origins as a producer.
Discussion: Variety and The Wrap
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube launches Video Chapters, letting creators add timestamps to their videos, for all users across iOS, Android, and desktop  —  If you've ever found yourself scrubbing your way through a long YouTube video to get to the “good” part, you'll appreciate the new feature YouTube is launching today: Video Chapters.
New York Times:
Wirecutter moves to nytimes.com but says its editorial team will continue to work independently from The Times  —  At Wirecutter, we pride ourselves on conducting rigorous and thoughtful real-world testing to help make our readers' lives better.  One of the most important aspects of our work …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Bloomberg:
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
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Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed News:
After Twitter labeled Trump's tweets, Trump, his campaign, and Fox News target Twitter's Site Integrity lead Yoel Roth; Roth works on manipulation and bots
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Stringr, a marketplace connecting news outlets with videographers that provide footage, raises $5.75M from Thomson Reuters and others  —  Stringr, a video-focused startup that says it can help news organizations adapt to the challenges of COVID-19, is announcing that it's raised $5.75 million in new funding.
 
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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
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
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
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
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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
Jessica E. Lessin / The Information:
The Information launches a News Summer School, available on Zoom, offering eight free hour-long evening classes in July
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