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5:25 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 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 …
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 …
Emma Graham-Harrison / The Guardian:
UNESCO report details the epidemic of online abuse against female journalists worldwide and how it is affecting their reporting and personal lives  —  Misogyny, bigotry and threats ‘cut public trust in critical media’, warns report after major investigation
Kalina Newman / Washington Post:
A look at some TikTok creators, unaffiliated with any traditional media outlet, who are aggregating news, and delivering it to their mostly young followers  —  On the evening of Election Day 2020, Marcus DiPaola kept hearing the same thing: People were turning off cable news because results were coming in slowly.
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 …
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.
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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Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
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
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
HFPA pledges new reforms, including raising membership by 50% over next 18 months with a focus on underrepresented groups and hiring a chief diversity officer
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WaPo integrates with text-to-speech service Amazon Polly, making audio articles available across platforms, after launching them on its iOS, Android apps
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Max Tani / @maxwelltani:
Internal WaPo memo outlines the “festivals and parades” that staff are permitted to participate in, but prohibits displaying support for DC statehood
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Amazon strikes deal for exclusive rights to Thursday Night Football starting in 2022, one year earlier than first planned, buying out games set to air on Fox
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”