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10:15 AM ET, May 9, 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.
Jennifer Maas / The Wrap:
Saturday's SNL episode with host Elon Musk was livestreamed internationally on YouTube for the first time ever  —  “Saturday Night Live” will be available to live-stream internationally for the first time ever Saturday, when Elon Musk hosts.  —  Musk shared the link for the livestream hours …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Vice, Bustle are no longer exploring IPO via SPAC and BuzzFeed may be the only big digital media company to go public this year, as SPAC market cools  —  - Buzzfeed may be the only significant digital media company to go public via SPAC this year, sources 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 …
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
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
eMarketer: US advertisers will spend $11.36B on streaming TV commercials on services like Hulu, Pluto TV, and Peacock in 2021, up from $8.11B in 2020  —  Ben Chappell was binge-watching The X-Files on Hulu recently when he kept seeing the same ads for sports betting apps again and again.
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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 …
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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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+
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The New York Times Company:
NYT announces a two-year paid editing residency program to “foster and nurture the next generation of editors”
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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