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9:00 PM ET, April 17, 2021

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Tony Webster / Minnesota Reformer:
Minnesota federal judge bars Minnesota state law enforcement from using force against journalists or ordering them to disperse while covering protests  —  A Minnesota federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order barring Minnesota state law enforcement from using force against journalists …
Jeff Benson / Decrypt:
An NFT combining Edward Snowden's image and pages of a court ruling on surveillance sold for $5.45M in Ethereum; proceeds go to Freedom of the Press Foundation  —  An NFT artwork created by Edward Snowden has sold for $5.4 million in Ethereum.  —  “Stay Free” portrays the NSA whistleblower …
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Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
AP will soon begin auctioning off NFT-backed digital art files based on iconic photos and event coverage; Time magazine is exploring more blockchain integration  —  The New York Times, Time, and the AP have racked up six-figure sales of digital assets that could be a future revenue stream—or the next bubble to burst.
The New York Times Company:
NYT's Choire Sicha is stepping down as Styles editor to become a senior editor working on expanding the paper's newsletter portfolio  —  After a great run leading the Styles section, Choire is taking on a new challenge to help expand our newsletter portfolio.  Read more in this note from Dean Baquet, Joe Kahn and Sam Sifton.
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
In a letter to artists, Apple says it pays a penny per stream, roughly double Spotify, which pays an average of about one-third to half a penny per stream  —  Streaming services open up about artist payouts, seeking to win credibility and subscribers  —  Apple Music told artists it pays …
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Jem Aswad / Variety:
Looking at payment per stream metrics for music streaming services can be misleading when considering artist pay, as many factors determine streaming royalties  —  Early Friday, Apple Music sent a carefully worded letter to artists, music labels and publishers that briefly explained …
Discussion: @bcrolot and 9to5Mac
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Sources: Hansjörg Wyss has withdrawn from bidding for Tribune Publishing; Stewart Bainum seeks new financing to pursue the ownership of the newspaper chain  —  Hansjörg Wyss was part of a serious offer for the major newspaper chain that could have prevented it from being sold to the hedge fund Alden Global Capital.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Firefox and major Chromium browsers like Edge, Opera, Brave, and Vivaldi are not joining FLoC, Google's proposed ad technology to replace third-party cookies  —  Brave, Vivaldi, Edge, and Mozilla are all out  —  Google is going it alone with its proposed advertising technology to replace third-party cookies.
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
Crypto-focused media startup The Block says it has bought out all non-employee shareholders as it wants “to be disentangled” from VCs to cover them without bias  —  The Block, a cryptocurrency-focused media startup, tells Axios that it has bought out its non-employee shareholders …
Rick Thames / Business North Carolina:
Profile of Rolfe Neill, Charlotte Observer publisher from 1975 to 1997, reflecting on when the paper had 260 journalists and on the future with a smaller staff  —  As newspapers' influence crested, publisher Rolfe Neill played a pivotal role in Charlotte's emergence.
Kristin Robinson / Variety:
As Spotify turns 15, a look at the ways in which it changed how people listen to music, like breaking down boundaries between genres through “mood playlists”  —  Ask any executive what the music business was like in the '00s and their face may take on an expression more commonly associated …
Michael Grothaus / Fast Company:
Simon & Schuster says it won't distribute the book written by one of the police officers who shot Breonna Taylor; Post Hill Press says it will still publish it  —  Publishing giant Simon & Schuster has announced it will not distribute the book written by one of the police officers …
 
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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