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10:35 AM 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:
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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  —  - The New York Times is readying a newsletter push as Substack comes after top journalists.  — Substack offered opinion …
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
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  —  “We were changed by the practicalities of the pandemic.  But we're also changed by a radical shift of awareness in journalism …
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
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Documentary short Colette, co-produced by EA and Oculus Studios for VR game Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, wins an Oscar, a first for the videogame industry  —  Facebook just won its first Oscar.  —  “Colette,” from the social giant's Oculus VR group and EA's Respawn Entertainment …
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  —  Cesar Conde recruits big names for streaming services, centralizes oversight of networks  —  Since taking over as chief …
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
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Michael Schneider / Variety:
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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
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Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
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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
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Disney says it's sold out of ad inventory for the Oscars on Sunday despite falling ratings; Kantar: a 30-second spot in 2020 was $2.15 million, up 9% from 2019
Discussion: NBC New York and Ad Age