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11:10 PM ET, May 4, 2021

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Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Twitter buys Scroll, the $5/month service that removes ads from partner news sites; Scroll's Nuzzel email service will shut down on May 6  —  The Nuzzel email service is winding down and the future of Scroll is uncertain  —  Twitter's acquisition spree continues today with Scroll …
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Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Scroll's 13-person team will work on integrating the product into a Twitter subscription service; a Twitter team hopes to build the best of Nuzzel into Twitter  —  But we have bad news.  The acquisition means that the handy news aggregator Nuzzel will be shut down.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter opens Spaces, its live audio feature, to anyone with 600+ followers and will allow creators to co-host and sell tickets to live events on Spaces  —  Twitter Spaces, the company's new live audio rooms feature, is opening up more broadly.  The company announced today it's making Twitter …
Politico:
Trump launches a website ahead of the Oversight Board decision on letting him back on Facebook; the site was teased as an alternative to social media platforms  —  Former President Donald Trump has launched a new online presence that can get his message out to followers …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The recent corrections on Giuliani reporting, where NYT and NBC News confirmed WaPo's incorrect report, suggest some outlets place too much faith in their peers  —  The headline on The Post's exclusive on Rudolph W. Giuliani was unequivocal: “FBI warned Giuliani, key Trump ally in Senate …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube announces new series with Will Smith, Alicia Keys, and other big names as it emphasizes its large reach during an event for potential advertisers  —  YouTube has again turned to big-name entertainment personalities to anchor its latest slate of ad-supported originals.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Yamiche Alcindor, the White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour and once a frequent target of Trump's ire, will become host of the PBS show Washington Week  —  She succeeds Robert Costa at a program best known as the longtime home of the anchor Gwen Ifill.
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
NPR podcasts are helping diversify its audience in terms of race and of age, generating the largest chunk of corporate sponsorship, and enabling experimentation  —  A cabdriver in Tehran helped Ramtin Arablouei crystallize the idea.  —  “People in the West, they don't remember anything,” …
Jane Lee / Reuters:
Kajabi, which helps people monetize expertise through websites, online classes, newsletters, and podcasts, raises $550M led by Tiger Global at a $2B+ valuation  —  Kajabi, an e-commerce platform that serves knowledge-based businesses, said on Tuesday it raised $550 million in its latest round …
Patrick Sisson / Bloomberg:
How Albuquerque became Netflix's North American production hub, as tax incentives spur the company to invest in infrastructure to hedge against unpredictability  —  New Mexico spent millions in corporate incentives to bring a massive Netflix production hub to a struggling suburban development outside its largest city.
Reuters:
Thomson Reuters beat Q1 estimates, with total sales up 4% to $1.58B and overall profit rising by a third to $387M; Reuters News grew sales by 2% to $160M  —  Thomson Reuters exceeded first quarter revenue and operating profit estimates on Tuesday, helped by gains in its three main divisions …
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Sports betting media company Action Network, which has raised $20M and had ~$15M in 2020 revenue, to be sold to Denmark-based rival Better Collective for $240M
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Internal WaPo memo outlines the “festivals and parades” that staff are permitted to participate in, but prohibits displaying support for DC statehood
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Upstart digital news site The Colorado Sun says it acquired 24 suburban newspapers around Denver, with the backing of the National Trust for Local News
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
The Los Angeles Times names Kevin Merida as its executive editor; Merida has previously been the EIC of ESPN's Undefeated
Steve Kovach / CNBC:
Verizon says it will sell Yahoo and AOL to PE firm Apollo Global Management for $5B, keeping a 10% stake in the company, which will be rebranded as just “Yahoo”
 

 
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Nick Robins-Early / The Guardian:
Insurer Parametrix estimates that the global outage sparked by CrowdStrike's faulty update will cost US Fortune 500 companies, excluding Microsoft, $5.4B

Zac Bowden / Windows Central:
Microsoft unveils Bing generative search, which shows AI-generated answers with the sources used to create them, currently available to a small subset of users

Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Around 500 World of Warcraft workers vote to unionize with the CWA, bringing the number of unionized US gaming employees at Microsoft to around 1,750

 
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