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4:05 PM ET, May 13, 2021

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Benjamin Wallace / New York Magazine:
Behind the online battle between notable tech figures including a16z partners and Balaji Srinivasan, and the journalists who tweet and report on the industry  —  Late last fall, the New York Times was preparing a bombshell article about Coinbase, a financial exchange that had become …
Jill Goldsmith / Deadline:
Amazon signs multi-year deal with the WNBA giving Prime Video exclusive global streaming rights to 16 regular season games and the Commissioner's Cup game  —  Amazon and the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) announced a multi-year agreement giving Prime Video exclusive global streaming rights …
TikTok:
TikTok launches #FactCheckYourFeed, a media literacy campaign with creators and public figures discussing recognizing fake news, balanced news diets, and more  —  TikTok has always been a place that inspires creativity and brings joy.  Every day we are blown away by the inspirational …
Discussion: @pressgazette
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Discord announces Stage Discovery, a tool to help people find communities through live audio events, and says it will soon test paid, ticketed audio events  —  If you're new to Discord, you might be thrown off by the lack of an endless feed peppered with ads.
Lanre Bakare / The Guardian:
UK's Channel 4, commercially funded but owned by the government, could be privatized in the next three years, the British culture secretary says  —  British culture secretary repeats view that Tory sell-off of public broadcaster is not ‘ruled out’  —  The culture secretary, Oliver Dowden …
John General / CNN:
Profile of DeShuna Spencer, who founded the streaming service kweliTV in 2015 to focus on Black stories; kweliTV now has 43,000 users despite lack of VC funding  —  New York (CNN Business)When DeShuna Spencer sat in front of her TV to scroll through her options, she noticed a glaring problem …
Discussion: @deshuna
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Slate launches an audiobook store, partnering with Penguin-Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, and Hachette, with titles accessible via podcast apps  —  Including from Penguin-Random House, Simon & Schuster, and HarperCollins  —  Slate is getting into the audiobooks business.
Paul Cheung / Knight Foundation:
Knight Foundation announces $3M initiative to help local news outlets expand AI use; it will initially fund four projects to address knowledge and skill gaps  —  A new, $3 million Knight initiative will help local news organizations harness the power of artificial intelligence to drive success.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Vizio says Q1 profits from its Platform+ business, which sells viewer data and ad space, hit $38.4M, up 152% YoY; profit from its hardware division was $48.2M  —  Vizio is finally a public company, after its  —  2015 plan for an IPO was derailed during a messy acquisition attempt from LeEco that
Reuters:
A reporter covering protests against Myanmar coup has been jailed for three years for “incitement”, among the first guilty verdicts against media by the junta  —  (Reuters) - A journalist who reported on protests against this year's coup in Myanmar has been jailed for three years for incitement …
 
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Lacey Rose / The Hollywood Reporter:
Ellen DeGeneres says she is ending her show in 2022, insisting it has been “the plan all along” and is not because of bullying allegations
Detroit News:
Michigan GOP lawmaker introduces a bill that requires fact checkers to register with the state using a $1M fidelity bond, and levies $1K/day fine for violations