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5:40 PM ET, April 30, 2021


 Top News: 
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
EU charges Apple with antitrust violations, alleging it squeezed rival music streaming apps by requiring them to use Apple's in-app payments system  —  EU accuses Apple of forcing many apps to use its in-app payment system on which it takes commissions, saying it ‘distorted competition’ in music streaming
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Roku has removed YouTube TV from its channel store after Roku and Google failed to come to a distribution agreement; existing users will continue to have access  —  If you've already got the app, be careful not to delete it  —  Roku has pulled YouTube TV from its channel store.
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Source: Stewart Bainum offers to double his stake to $200M in a bid for Tribune and would tap $100M in debt financing; he seeks a partner to buy Chicago paper  —  - Stewart Bainum offers to include $200 million of his own money  — Bid partner Hansjoerg Wyss dropped out of an earlier proposal
Julie Reynolds / DFM Workers:
Alden has said it will pay $375M to buy remaining Tribune shares, but its financial issues indicate it may force Tribune to take on debt to finance the purchase
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Jeff Bezos says Prime Video streaming hours are up over 70% YoY, with more than 175M Prime members having streamed TV shows and movies in the past year  —  Amazon knocked the cover off the ball again in the first quarter of 2021 — and released a new data point: More than 175 million Prime members …
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
In Australia, 20+ News Corp regional newspaper sites have been merged with city papers, putting local papers' content behind a paywall on the metro paper's site  —  Local websites absorbed by the Daily Telegraph and Courier-Mail in what it calls ‘world-class, hyperlocal news technology’
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Nine ViacomCBS networks, including Comedy Central and MTV, are now available on Hulu + Live TV, four years after Hulu launched the service  —  Starting Friday (April 30), nine ViacomCBS networks will be available on Hulu + Live TV: Comedy Central, BET, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., VH1, CMT, MTV, TV Land and Paramount Network.
David Pierce / Protocol:
ByteDance announces that its CFO Shouzi Chew will now also become the CEO of TikTok; TikTok's interim CEO Vanessa Pappas will be TikTok's COO  —  Shouzi Chew, the CFO of ByteDance, got a new job title on Friday: CEO of TikTok.  Vanessa Pappas, who's been running the company …
Max Seddon / Financial Times:
Russia designating Meduza as a foreign agent may spell the end of independent journalism in the country; its editor says new restrictions may force it to close  —  Independent news site designated ‘foreign agent’ as Russian government puts pressure on journalists
Dorany Pineda / Los Angeles Times:
Joshua Wolf Shenk resigns as EIC of The Believer magazine and from Black Mountain Institute posts, saying he made a dumb choice about attire for a Zoom meeting  —  Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of the books “Lincoln's Melancholy” and “Powers of Two,” has resigned from his positions as editor …
The Intercept:
The Intercept says it stands behind reporter Mara Hvistendahl and her reporting on Oracle's ties with China, and condemns “bullying” by Oracle EVP Ken Glueck  —  Editor's Note: In response to The Intercept's recent coverage of Oracle, the company's executive vice president …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
WWD reporter Kali Hays was let go, sources say because she refused to delete a document where staff discussed newsroom issues, including lack of diversity  —  Already depressed morale at “fashion bible” WWD hit a new low when a reporter behind a forum letting staffers vent their grievances …
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Ina Fried / Axios:
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Thomas Moore / The Hill:
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Sheila Dang / Reuters:
Facebook says it is giving $5M to support local journalists using its new newsletter service; candidates covering communities of color will be given priority