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9:35 AM ET, April 22, 2021

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Todd Spangler / Variety:
AT&T Q1: WarnerMedia revenue was $8.5B, up 9.8% YoY; DTC subscription revenue was $1.8B, up 35.3% YoY; HBO Max/HBO added 2.7M subscribers for a total of 44.2M  —  As of the end of March, HBO Max/HBO combined had 44.2 million domestic customers, up 2.7 million from 41.5 million at the end of 2020.
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Apple's Podcasts Subscriptions is costly but offers a great Apple-controlled customer experience that could reduce subscriber churn and boost conversion rates  —  There was a bit of a brouhaha a couple of weeks ago when Senators Amy Klobuchar and Mike Lee sent a letter to Apple accusing …
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Financial Times:
Sources: Apple plans to expand its ad business and add a second ad slot in the App Store search page even as it introduces privacy rules crippling ads by rivals  —  New privacy rules deal a huge blow to how the mobile advertising industry works  —  Apple will expand its advertising business …
New York Times:
W.W. Norton stops shipments of a Philip Roth biography after claims the writer, Blake Bailey, groomed his students; two women say he sexually assaulted them  —  W.W. Norton, citing the accusations that the author, Blake Bailey, faces, said it would stop shipping and promoting his new best-selling book.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Facebook says there are 2B+ users each month watching videos eligible for in-stream ads and is starting a test of targeting by topic for in-stream video ads  —  Facebook is announcing some new capabilities for video advertisers on Facebook and Instagram, as well as new numbers about the potential audience that those ads might reach.
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Reuters News Agency:
Reuters has appointed Gina Chua as executive editor, reporting to EIC Alessandra Galloni; Chua has been EIC of the South China Morning Post and The Asian WSJ  —  Reuters, the world's largest multimedia news provider, announced today that Gina Chua has been appointed executive editor.
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Sling TV is launching DraftKings Basketball, a channel with real-time game scores and betting odds of NBA games, and will expand to baseball and hockey  —  Sling TV has expanded their partnership with DraftKings.  The Live TV Streaming Service launched a new exclusive sports betting channel …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Disney and Sony Pictures to bring Marvel films and other properties to Disney Plus starting with Sony's 2022 slate; titles go to Netflix, then Disney  —  Disney has set a massive movie licensing pact with Sony Pictures for the U.S. that promises to bring Spider-Man and other Marvel properties …
Ad Age:
Global Alliance for Responsible Media report shows gaps remain in how Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and other social media platforms disclose harmful content  —  TikTok, Snapchat, Pinterest and Twitter also submit insights about harmful content in a closely-watched industry study on brand safety
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
A look at Knowledge Fight, a podcast started in 2017 to mock Alex Jones that grew into a profitable enterprise and is now chronicling Jones' downward spiral  —  Dan Friesen and Jordan Holmes turned their Infowars-skewering podcast into a business.  In the post-Trump era, they're documenting Mr. Jones's reckoning.
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Publishing sets May 21 date for shareholders to vote on a deal to sell the Chicago-based newspaper chain to hedge fund Alden Global Capital for $633M  —  Tribune Publishing set a May 21 date for shareholders to vote on its deal to sell the Chicago-based newspaper chain to hedge fund Alden Global Capital for $633 million.
Discussion: @robertchannick and @opinion_joe
Megan Graham / CNBC:
DoubleVerify, which builds software for digital media advertisers, closed up 33% on its first day of trading after its IPO, giving it a market cap of $5.3B+  —  - DoubleVerify, a company that builds software for digital media, began trading Wednesday.  — It attempts to help advertisers …
Discussion: @mjbarash and @megancgraham
 
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Editor of UK's Sunday Times apologizes after a front page story about Prince Philip's funeral claimed the public “secretly enjoyed” his racist gaffes
Alison Flood / The Guardian:
Simon & Schuster refuses to cancel a seven-figure book deal for Mike Pence's memoir, after staff open letter accused the publisher of “legitimising bigotry”
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Bloomberg Media says its revenue grew ~30% YoY in Q1, as it hit more than 300,000 active subscribers, up from 250,000 in Q4 2020
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Wall Street Journal:
Researchers: fraudsters spoofed an average of 650M online ad placements per day by infecting ~1M mobile devices with software that mimicked streaming apps
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Roku rebrands Quibi content as Roku Originals and says those 75+ shows will be available to watch for free on the ad-supported Roku Channel later this year