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1:15 PM ET, April 14, 2021

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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Tucker Carlson used the J&J vaccine pause to suggest the US government knows that COVID-19 vaccines don't work but is purposely “not telling you that”  —  “Well, you'd hate to think that especially if you've gotten two shots but what's the other potential explanation?
New York Times:
Hundreds of executives and companies, including Netflix, ViacomCBS, Apple, and Amazon, sign a statement opposing “any discriminatory legislation” around voting  —  Amazon, Google, G.M. and Starbucks were among those joining the biggest show of solidarity by businesses over legislation in numerous states.
Andrew Hutchinson / Social Media Today:
Report: in pitch decks submitted to US advertisers about new ad formats, TikTok says it has 732M MAUs globally, 100M+ in the US, 59% of its users are under 24  —  TikTok is planning to launch a range of new eCommerce focused ad offerings as it seeks to maximize its revenue potential …
New York Times:
Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss, who joined with Stewart Bainum in the top Tribune bid, has ties to a group pushing progressive political policies and Democrats  —  The Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss helped build a sophisticated behind-the-scenes operation that attacked Republicans and promoted Democratic causes.
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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
A look at the damage already done to Tribune's nine metro papers: since Alden acquired a 32% share, NewsGuild says staff fell 30.4% in one year
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Facebook rolls out a local news section for UK users of Facebook News, after launching a similar section in the US last year  —  Facebook has rolled out a local news section for UK users of Facebook News.  —  The social network said in a blog post that the new feature will help …
Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
Univision and Mexico's Televisa unveil a $4.8B deal to merge, partly financed by a $1B Series C led by SoftBank's Latin American Fund  —  The two companies announce a plan to combine media, production and content assets.  —  Two of the biggest Spanish-language media companies in the world are planning to merge.
Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:
Source: Susan Zirinsky, the first woman to lead CBS News, to announce that she is stepping down from the presidency of the division, as soon as this week  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  Coinbase will debut on Wall Street today.  Here's what you need to know.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Instagram says it is running a global test to let users turn off Like counts on their own or others' posts; Facebook says it will also run a similar test  —  Instagram today will begin a new test around hiding Like counts on users' posts, following its experiments in this area which first began in 2019.
James Risen / The Intercept:
High-tech government leak investigations threaten modern investigative reporting, but reporters need to keep working with sources, being honest about risks  —  When I became a reporter, I was surprised to discover a trait that I had never before recognized in myself.  —  People liked to talk to me.
VICE:
Vice apologizes for publishing doctored images of Khmer Rouge victims and says it has removed the article because it does not meet its editorial standards  —  This story previously included photos from artist Matt Loughrey that were modified beyond colorization.
 
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The Guardian:
UK government vetoes the reappointment of two women to Channel 4's board, against advice of the state-owned but privately-funded broadcaster's board and Ofcom
Paul Resnikoff / Digital Music News:
Spotify has now removed 42 episodes of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, offering no explanations for the removals
Helen Davidson / The Guardian:
Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai writes to his Apple Daily staff ahead of his sentencing for participating in a protest: “Freedom of speech is a dangerous job”
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Air Mail, former Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter's media venture, expects to employ 40 people by year's end, up from 30 now, and has added an e-commerce shop
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Arianne Cohen / Fast Company:
Live Nation is outfitting 60+ venues for livestreaming, using Veeps, a service launched by Good Charlotte's Benji and Joel Madden, bought by Live Nation in Jan.
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Over 650 tech workers at the NYT announce they have formed a union to be represented by the NewsGuild of New York and are seeking union recognition from the NYT
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify announces Car Thing, a Spotify-only, voice-controlled device for the car, launching today for free for select US users
Oversight Board:
Facebook Oversight Board will now accept appeals to remove content from Facebook and Instagram; previously, users were only able to appeal to restore content
Reuters:
Reuters News names Alessandra Galloni as its next EIC, starting April 19; she will be the first woman to lead the news agency
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”
 

 
From Techmeme:

Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Court filings show how Zuckerberg and other Meta execs played down risks to young users, while rejecting staff pleas to bolster guardrails and hire more staff

Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
How the Internet Archive plans to defend its digital lending practices as it appeals a US court's 2023 ruling; IA says it was forced to remove over 500K books

Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
In response to plagiarism allegations, Perplexity CEO Aravind Srinivas says the company “is not ignoring” robots.txt, but does rely on third-party web crawlers

 
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