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1:55 PM ET, April 26, 2021


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Kathleen Kingsbury / New York Times:
New York Times:
This year's Oscars, a TV broadcast about films mostly distributed on the internet, was a celebration of diversity as nine of 20 acting nominations went to POC  —  Chloé Zhao's film about the damaged American dream won best picture, best director and best actress.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Colette, co-produced by EA and Oculus Studios, and released by The Guardian, wins an Oscar for best documentary short  —  Facebook just won its first Oscar.  —  “Colette,” from the social giant's Oculus VR group and EA's Respawn Entertainment, picked up the trophy for documentary short subject Sunday at the 93rd Academy Awards.
Liza Lin / Wall Street Journal:
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Facebook says it has a policy letting any person initiate a takedown of a post containing an image of their residence, regardless of the post's newsworthiness  —  The New York Post has complained that Facebook is blocking and downplaying its stories.  But the platform doesn't pay any special deference to journalists.
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
A group of Germany's largest media, tech, and advertising companies file antitrust complaint against Apple as it makes privacy changes on iPhones  —  Axel Springer among companies claiming controls will damage targeted advertising on iPhones  —  A group of Germany's largest media …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple rolls out iOS and iPadOS 14.5 with App Tracking Transparency, which requires apps to get permission to track user activity on other apps for ad purposes
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Roku says anti-competitive demands from Google, including requests for preferential treatment of apps like YouTube TV, may force YouTube TV off Roku's platform  —  Roku on Monday notified its users via email that YouTube TV may be forced off its platform entirely, alleging anti-competitive demands …
Reggie Ugwu / New York Times:
SiriusXM acquires 99% Invisible, producer of the highly successful podcast by the same name with 500M+ downloads, to become a “foundational” part of Stitcher  —  The deal, for one of industry's earliest success stories, is the latest salvo in an era of rapid consolidation.
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
How local TV stations plan to remain relevant as viewers shift to streaming, including Sinclair's plans to develop its own linear streaming service  —  - EW Scripps CEO Adam Symson tells CNBC his company is planning an “advocacy campaign” to teach Americans about the value of digital antennas.
Mónica Marie Zorrilla / Variety:
Early Nielsen numbers show 2021 Oscars drew 9.85M viewers, a drop of 58.3% from last year  —  The 93rd Academy Awards ceremony, broadcast live from both Union Station and the Dolby Theatre in L.A. on ABC, hit a record low.  —  Per Nielsen Live+Same Day preliminary national numbers …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook rolls out a miniplayer that will allow Facebook users to stream music and podcasts from Spotify through the Facebook app on iOS or Android  —  Facebook announced last week an expanded partnership with streaming music service Spotify that would bring a new way to listen to music …
Sports Business Journal:
Sources: NBC has pulled out of the bidding for NHL's second TV package, making the next season the first time since 2005-2006 that NBC will not carry NHL games  —  NBC has officially pulled out of the bidding for the NHL's second TV package, according to U.S. and Canadian sources.
Will Oremus / Slate:
News outlets can respond to Substack poaching their best-known opinion writers by embracing more diverse perspectives in op-ed pages and by refocusing on news  —  This week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg granted a rare, live, hourlong interview to a tech journalist, where he revealed the company's plans for a slew of new audio products.
Steven Perlberg / Insider:
Sources: Substack has approached NYT writers including Liz Bruenig, who was offered a $200K advance, double her salary, and Taylor Lorenz, who was offered $300K
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Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: top talent, like Rachel Maddow, will be asked to make content for streaming services, as NBC's news chief Cesar Conde pushes a shift to streaming news
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Clubhouse announces a partnership with the NFL to produce a series of official rooms during Draft Week, featuring exclusive interviews and live chats
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Michael Schneider / Variety:
As major studios and streamers increasingly turn to in-house production, a look at the independent TV production companies that have eschewed overall deals
Shelly Banjo / Bloomberg:
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Benjamin Toff / Nieman Lab:
Reuters Institute study: trust in media is based more on feelings about news brands and how articles are presented rather than on specific editorial standards