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5:25 PM ET, May 7, 2021

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Andrew Beaujon / @abeaujon:
Washingtonian editorial staff won't publish today after their CEO implied in a WaPo op-ed that management should categorize remote staff as contractors  —  As members of the Washingtonian editorial staff, we want our CEO to understand the risks of not valuing our labor. We are dismayed by Cathy Merrill's public threat to our livelihoods. We will not be publishing today.
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Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
In an email, Washingtonian CEO apologized to magazine staff for her WaPo op-ed, assuring them there would be no changes to benefits or employee status  —  The D.C. magazine's staff revolted on Friday after their owner wrote an op-ed suggesting remote workers could be penalized—a “public threat to our livelihoods,” employees said.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google adds YouTube TV to the main YouTube app on Roku devices and says it is securing “free streaming devices” for customers in case talks with Roku fail  —  It's also securing ‘free streaming devices’ for customers in case talks with Roku completely fall apart
Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
Flurry analysis: just 4% of iPhone users in the US and 12% worldwide have so far actively chosen to opt into app tracking after the rollout of iOS 14.5  —  An early look at an ongoing analysis of Apple's App Tracking Transparency suggests that the vast majority of iPhone users …
Washington Post:
While Alden pledged $375M in cash for Tribune, one clause would let Alden finance the cash with debt or equity financing, possibly raising Tribune's debt burden  —  Experts say Alden Global Capital's offer to invest in the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and other newspapers isn't what it seems
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Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Tribune Publishing Q1: net income of $6.1M on revenue of $173.6M; ad revenue fell 26.4% YoY, compensation expenses fell 35.8% YoY, and cash balance was $250.7M
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 …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Source: stars of A Quiet Place Part II, whose pay is tied to box office performance, are in a dispute with Paramount over plans to stream early on Paramount+  —  The studio is shortening the film's theatrical run, threatening their potential payday  —  Paramount Pictures is in a pay dispute …
The New York Times Company:
NYT announces a two-year paid editing residency program to “foster and nurture the next generation of editors”  —  The new residency will foster the next generation of editors, giving them the tools and extensive training they need to help shape journalism in the future.
Jennifer Maas / The Wrap:
AMC Networks CEO says its five streaming services are on track to have at least 9M subscribers by the end of the year as Q1 streaming revenue grew 14% YoY  —  But the company smashed Wall Street's earnings expectations  —  AMC Networks missed revenue expectations for the first quarter of 2021 …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Hearst is offering voluntary buyouts to its sales and marketing staff across its magazine division, digital ad agency, and branded content group  —  Hearst Magazines, which has mostly avoided layoffs since the pandemic began, said Thursday it will offer voluntary buyouts to all its sales and marketing employees.
Discussion: @mediaevan
Lillian Rizzo / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: NBCUniversal scrapped plans to stream NBC Sports Philadelphia on Peacock over fears of complicating streaming strategy, as it explores selling its RSNs  —  Company scrapped plans to stream NBC Sports Philadelphia on Peacock over fears of complicating broader streaming strategy
Bloomberg:
LA Times owner Patrick Soon-Shiong says journalism needs government help, Big Tech should pay for content, and he's undecided on which Tribune bid to support  —  - Patrick Soon-Shiong says tech giants should pay for articles  — He's also No. 2 investor in Tribune, which is weighing bids
 
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News Corp:
News Corp Q3: net income of $96M on revenue of $2.34B, up 3% YoY; WSJ subscriptions up 21% YoY to 3.38M, of which 2.63M were digital; digital ad rev up 30% YoY
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Jennifer Alsever / Fortune:
How publishers are using tech, including AI-generated voices for audiobooks, Google Lens AR, and Amazon's novella app Kindle Vella, to entice young readers
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Anna North / Vox:
20 current and former staffers discuss their experience working for National Geographic since its 2018 recognition of past racist coverage and pledge to improve
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
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