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7:55 AM ET, April 13, 2021

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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 …
Reuters:
Reuters News names Alessandra Galloni as its next EIC, starting April 19; she will be the first woman to lead the news agency  —  (Reuters) -Reuters News is set to name one of its top editors, Alessandra Galloni, as its next editor-in-chief, the first woman to lead the globe-spanning news agency in its 170-year history.
Ben Schoon / 9to5Google:
Google to shut down Play Movies and TV app for Roku, Samsung, LG, and Vizio on June 15, will push users to use YouTube instead  —  After announcing Google TV last year, its predecessor had an unspoken expiration date.  This week, Google has confirmed that it will kill off the Play Movies & TV app …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Through her version of Fearless, Taylor Swift is showing artists how to use the power of the internet to ascribe value to work they own and devalue the rest  —  In July 2014 Taylor Swift wrote an editorial in the Wall Street Journal entitled, For Taylor Swift, the Future of Music Is a Love Story:
Alice Speri / The Intercept:
Campus Reform, a conservative news site for higher education that uses students as reporters, has targeted professors, leading to harassment, doxxing, and more  —  When Pete Hatemi, a political science professor at Pennsylvania State University, got an email from a student he didn't know asking …
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 …
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Casey Newton, 7 other writers covering tech, media, and culture to launch Sidechannel, a “virtual newsroom” on Discord open to subscribers of their publications  —  On Sunday night, Ben Smith at the New York Times got the scoop on a project I've been working on with some fellow independent reporters.
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 …
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
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  —  110,000 people have complained, mostly about excess but also about Andrew, attire - and ease of complaining
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
 
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