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6:20 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 …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Jeff Blackburn, an Amazon exec who recently left after two decades, is returning as SVP of Global Media and Entertainment, reporting to Bezos, then Andy Jassy  —  Jeff Blackburn, a former high-level Amazon exec who just recently left after more than two decades, is coming back …
Discussion: The Wrap and Deadline
CNBC:
Disney misses on subscriber estimates for Disney+, reaching 103.6M subscribers, below the expected 109M; revenue was $15.61B vs. $15.87B expected, down 13% YoY  —  - Disney reported second quarter results Thursday, posting lower-than-expected revenue and subscriber counts for its streaming service.
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Brian Welk / The Wrap:
Sundance Film Festival will return to Utah in January 2022 for in-person events but will also remain online, after 2021's online festival saw record attendance  —  The Sundance Film Festival will return to Park City for 2022, setting Jan. 20-30 as the dates for next year's in-person event.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Pinterest says it will test livestreaming events this month through a three-day virtual event featuring sessions with around 21 top creators  —  Pinterest is expanding into live events.  The company is planning to host a three-day virtual event that will feature live-streamed sessions from top creators …
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.
 
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Hamish McKenzie / Substack Blog:
Substack acquires People & Company, which focuses on community building, to expand its support infrastructure for writers, including workshops and legal support
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
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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