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5:45 PM ET, April 12, 2021

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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Substack strikes deals with trans writers, amid claims it supports allegedly anti-trans writers and is a kind of lucrative off ramp for “cancel culture” victims  —  A company that makes it easy to charge for newsletters has captivated an anxious industry because it embodies larger forces and contradictions.
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Charlie Warzel / Galaxy Brain:
Charlie Warzel announces he is leaving NYT Opinion to launch a new Substack called Galaxy Brain, aiming to forge a deeper relationship with readers  —  Why I'm leaving (The) New York (Times).  —  3 hr ago  —  Hello!  Hi!  I have a new job — you're looking at it.  Welcome to Galaxy Brain, my humble internet outpost.
Michael Grothaus / Fast Company:
Bustle Digital Group confirms it is reviving Gawker under former Gawker writer Leah Finnegan  —  Over the weekend The New York Times published an interesting read by Ben Smith on the rise of Substack and its effect on the publishing industry.  Yet buried deep in the piece was another little gem …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is in early stages of developing a product that combines an Apple TV with a HomePod speaker and has a FaceTime camera and smart home functions  —  - Company also exploring Amazon-like speaker with iPad as screen  — Apple has trailed Amazon, Google in the connected home market
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
In a letter, Lachlan Murdoch dismisses ADL complaint and claims a review of Tucker Carlson's comments found Carlson “decried and rejected replacement theory”  —  New York (CNN Business)Fox Corporation chief executive Lachlan Murdoch dismissed the Anti-Defamation League's demand …
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Will Smith says his film Emancipation will not shoot in Georgia due to the state's new voting law; Apple bought the film last June for a reported $130M  —  Said star Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua: “At this moment in time, the Nation is coming to terms with its history and is attempting …
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Vice launches an affiliate vertical called Rec Room, after a post during its six month trial led to more than 600 sales with a conversion rate of 9%  —  Refinery29 set the example for what a successful commerce strategy looks like at Vice Media.  With that inherited foundation …
Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed News:
Reporting on tech from India “feels like having a front-row seat to the country's rapid slide into authoritarianism”, as Big Tech companies remain silent  —  I love writing about tech.  But covering how a Hindu nationalist government is using it to destroy a secular democracy isn't what I signed up for.
Wall Street Journal:
Erroneously unredacted court docs reveal Google ran a secret program called “Project Bernanke” that used past bid data to boost its win rate in ad auctions  —  Program used past bid data to boost tech giant's win rate in advertising auctions, according to court filing
Nicholas Kulish / New York Times:
Across the US, billionaires have decided that a newspaper is an essential part of the civic fabric and are buying local papers, often with mixed results  —  Billionaires aren't usually cast as saviors of democracy.  But one way they are winning plaudits for civic-minded endeavors is by funding the Fourth Estate.
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Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Bainum had a side arrangement with Alden CEO Heath Freeman to buy Baltimore Sun, but made his own Tribune bid after suspecting Alden changed terms
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
Inside a power struggle at WSJ between editor Matt Murray and publisher Almar Latour over how the paper should remake itself to attract new digital readers  —  A special team led by a high-level manager says Rupert Murdoch's paper must evolve to survive.  But a rivalry between editor and publisher stands in the way.
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Edmund Lee / New York Times:
A look at WSJ's internal study, The Content Review, which recommended ways for WSJ to attract new readers, specifically, women, POC, and younger professionals
 
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Sources: a record ~110K viewers complained about BBC coverage of Prince Philip's death; 116 complained that BBC is making it too easy to complain about coverage
Rebecca Ratcliffe / The Guardian:
Cambodia condemns Vice for publishing colorized victims of the Khmer Rouge genocide, with some apparently edited to add smiles to the victims' faces
 Earlier Picks: 
Clayton Davis / Variety:
In 2020 Oscar nominations, only 4 of the 23 categories had any form of Latino representation; 2021 is likely to have more Latino nominations
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
How a gamer calling themselves Kacey Montagu posed as a reporter for fictitious White House News and managed to fool journalists and the Biden administration
Alan C. Miller / Poynter:
An interview with Emily Ramshaw, co-founder and CEO of The 19th, after the outlet's first year: it has ~10K subscribers and a 2021 budget 50% higher than 2020's