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8:40 AM ET, May 10, 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 …
The Verge:
Clubhouse launches in beta on Android in the US, after more than a year of iOS exclusivity, but will remain invite-only  —  It's now available in the US and will roll out to other countries soon  —  After more than a year of iOS exclusivity, social audio platform Clubhouse is releasing its Android app.
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 …
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.
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
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Post-pandemic, China has activated an international network of journalists and outlets that push its state-backed content, countering US and UK media influence  —  The government has been using its money and power to create an alternative to a global news media dominated by outlets like the BBC and CNN.
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.
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with Vox's new EIC Swati Sharma on making sure the outlet produces distinctive content, her day-to-day, and creating a truly inclusive newsroom  —  In 2014, Melissa Bell, Ezra Klein, and Matt Yglesias started Vox.com, a news outlet that pioneered explanatory journalism.
Matthew Ball / MatthewBall.vc:
Successful entertainment companies today shouldn't just create content, but also manage their IP in a way that creates and sustains deep affinity from fans  —  In the 1960s, Theodore Levitt, a resident economist and professor at Harvard Business School unveiled his theory of “marketing myopia”.
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
Profile of Fox News' Peter Doocy, a born-and-raised scion of Fox, from growing up regularly visiting his father on set to becoming Fox's new WH correspondent  —  It was late March, days before Joe Biden would hold his first formal news conference, and the on-air personalities at Fox News …
 
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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
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
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
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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
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 New York Times Company:
NYT announces a two-year paid editing residency program to “foster and nurture the next generation of editors”
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