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12:35 PM ET, May 13, 2021

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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 …
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 …
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
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Roku will debut Roku Originals on the Roku Channel on May 20, starting with 30 Quibi shows  —  Quibi is coming back from the dead next week... sort of.  —  On May 20, Roku will debut the first batch of Roku Originals — a collection of 30 shows originally produced for Quibi …
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.
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
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 …
Erika Kinetz / Associated Press:
Investigation: an army of bots covertly amplify Chinese propaganda on Twitter by retweeting posts from diplomats and state media tens of thousands of times  —  BRUSSELS (AP) — China's ruling Communist Party has opened a new front in its long, ambitious war to shape global public opinion: Western social media.
Discussion: @kenroth and @jojjeols
Laura Wagner / Defector:
Docs and interviews with ~30 current and former staff at The Appeal show a demoralizing culture, especially for women and POC, questions about donors, and more  —  On Monday, The Appeal, a non-profit newsroom that primarily covers criminal justice, announced a set of sweeping organizational changes.
Sonia Faleiro / Rest of World:
An in-depth look at how a team of fact-checkers at Alt News in India is struggling against misinformation spread by the ruling BJP party on Facebook services  —  As the pandemic rages across the country, one team of fact-checkers contends with a post-truth dystopia.
 
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Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
East Coast local broadcaster News 12 is partnering with Google for News 12 Spark, a lifestyle vertical that's fully curated using a new AI-powered tagging tool
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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
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube plans to pay $100M to top creators on YouTube Shorts, its TikTok competitor, through 2022, starting in the next few months in the US and India