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3:20 PM ET, April 22, 2021


 Top News: 
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.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
A look at the flaws in the study claiming a gap between Americans and the values espoused by journalists, whose conclusions aren't quite supported by its data  —  A study that seemed to claim they had was treated as “bad news for journalists: the public doesn't share our values.”
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
NYT says it won't voluntarily recognize the NYT tech workers' union, telling it to put the effort to a formal vote through the NLRB  —  The company said that, for now, it would not recognize a newly formed union representing more than 650 Times employees.  —  The New York Times Company …
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.
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 …
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
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.
Andy Robinson / VGC:
Sony confirms it is testing PlayStation Plus Video Pass, which lets PS Plus subscribers access over 20 movie and TV shows from Sony Pictures, in Poland  —  POLISH USERS HAVE ACCESS TO VIDEO CONTENT FROM TODAY; NO NEWS ON OTHER MARKETS YET  —  Sony Interactive Entertainment …
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 …
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.
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Ad Age:
Global Alliance for Responsible Media report shows gaps remain in how Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and other social media platforms disclose harmful content
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
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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