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10:20 AM ET, May 8, 2021

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Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Trump's Justice Department secretly obtained phone records for three WaPo reporters over reporting they did in mid-2017 on Russia's role in the 2016 election  —  The Trump Justice Department secretly obtained Washington Post journalists' phone records and tried to obtain their email records …
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
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
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 …
Victoria Lewis / WPTV:
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis barred local media on Thursday from attending the signing of a voting restriction bill; the event was a “Fox News exclusive”  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed Florida's elections reform bill into law.  DeSantis signed SB90, which includes restrictions …
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
In a letter, Ted Sarandos says Netflix is “stopping any activities” with HFPA until more meaningful reforms are made, after HFPA members approved an overhaul  —  EXCLUSIVE: As the beleaguered Hollywood Foreign Press Association pledges to reform itself, Netflix has declared …
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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 …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
YouTube to spend $7M on two year-long journalism programs: one for independent journalists who want to start channels, another to help digital-first newsrooms  —  YouTube is spending $7 million to fund two new programs to help journalists looking to build an audience on YouTube, executives tell Axios.
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  —  Tribune Publishing posted a first-quarter profit but canceled its earnings call, citing the imminent completion of a deal to take the newspaper giant private.
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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
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 …
 
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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
The New York Times Company:
NYT announces a two-year paid editing residency program to “foster and nurture the next generation of editors”
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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