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12:10 PM ET, April 26, 2021


 Top News: 
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.
Liza Lin / Wall Street Journal:
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Steve Bell's popular political cartoons for Guardian end after 40 years, due to the paper's COVID-19 cost-cutting; Bell estimates he drew 8,300+ “If...” strips  —  Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell will see his If... strip end after 40 years following the newspaper's Covid-19 cost-cutting.
Mary Ann Azevedo / TechCrunch:
Mighty Networks, whose products help content creators establish and manage digital subscriptions, raises $50M Series B led by Owl Ventures  —  Mighty Networks, a platform designed to give creators and brands a dedicated place to start and grow communities, has closed on $50 million in a Series B funding round led by Owl Ventures.
Discussion: Fast Company
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
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma has been increasingly in demand for its newsroom training sessions on covering traumatic events and coping tactics
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
 Earlier Picks: 
Shelly Banjo / Bloomberg:
TikTok has earned loyalty from the musicians on its platform by paying college tuition, providing tech support, connecting them with brands, and more
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
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Malcolm Gladwell's new book is part of Pushkin Industries' push into being a major provider of highly produced audiobooks with original scores and archival tape
Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
Labor Dept. found in 2019 that Alden likely mismanaged $294M of staff pensions by putting them into its own funds; Alden agreed to pull the money and pay $20.7M