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Victoria Lewis / WPTV:
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has barred local media from attending the signing of a voting restriction bill; the event is a “Fox News exclusive”  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed Florida's elections reform bill into law.  DeSantis signed SB90, which includes restrictions on voting …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: the Athletic is no longer in merger talks with Axios, sees the NYT as the leading merger contender, and had ~$80M in revenue in 2020 with 600 staff  —  Publisher's talks with Axios are no longer active; New York Times Co. seen as leading contender for tie-up
Esther Crawford / Twitter:
Twitter introduces Tip Jar, allowing everyone using Twitter in English to send tips, and a limited group, including journalists and experts, to accept tips  —  We $ee you - sharing your PayPal link after your Tweet goes viral, adding your $Cashtag to your profile so people can support your work …
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
Q&A: Facebook Oversight Board director Thomas Hughes on upholding Trump's ban, why the Board isn't a PR stunt, Facebook refusing to answer its questions, more  —  Following months of speculation, Facebook's Oversight Board issued a quasi-decision Wednesday in the case of former President Donald Trump's account.
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Facebook Oversight Board upholds Trump's suspension, but asks Facebook to review the decision within six months to determine a penalty consistent with its rules
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The Oversight Board's decision on Trump's Facebook ban failed to send a clear message that a powerful public official can't use Facebook to endanger the public
Sara Fischer / Axios:
A record 44% of the NYT's 301K new digital subscribers in Q1 were to non-news products like cooking, games, and audio  —  The New York Times on Wednesday said it added 301,000 new digital-only subscribers last quarter, its slowest quarter for digital subscriber growth in over a year.
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Makena Kelly / The Verge:
NY AG's office says fake comments, including 8.5M funded by largest US ISPs, accounted for ~18M of the 22M+ net neutrality comments received by the FCC in 2017  —  The New York attorney general's office released a new report detailing the effort  —  The New York attorney general's office issued …
Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
ViacomCBS Q1: 36M streaming subscribers, up 6M since Q4; streaming revenue grew 65% YoY to $816M; net earnings up 79% YoY to $899M, affiliate revenue of $2.08B  —  The entertainment giant, led by CEO Bob Bakish, reported higher first-quarter advertising revenue as its latest financials exceeded Wall Street expectations.
Olivia Messer / Study Hall:
The trauma of covering the pandemic has battered journalists, and the industry is losing a generation of reporters and editors to despair and moral injury  —  An underprepared industry is losing a generation of journalists to despair, trauma and moral injury as they cover the story of a lifetime.
Protocol:
Netflix is surveying users about their interest in features such as podcasts and user-generated playlists of shows and music, for a project called N-Plus  —  In a survey, Netflix is asking users how they would feel about a “future online space” called N-Plus.  —  Custom TV show playlists?
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Roku beats estimates, with a Q1 net income of $76.3M on revenue of $574.2M, up 79% YoY; new active accounts grew 2.4M, reaching 53.6M, up 35% YoY; stock up ~7%  —  Roku gained 2.4 million new active accounts for the first quarter of 2021, showing that the pandemic-driven streaming momentum …
Sophie Huet / AFP Correspondent:
Restrictions in place due to COVID have led to the proliferation of press pools, which only allow for limited perspectives, and of events closed to the press  —  Paris - Insidiously, the coronavirus is attacking journalism's vital functions.  Since the beginning of 2020 …
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Christopher Palmeri / Bloomberg:
Fox Corporation beats analyst estimates with Q3 revenue of $3.22B, down about 6.5% YoY; ad sales for the unit including Fox News fell almost 7% to $283M
 
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