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10:40 AM ET, May 15, 2021

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David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
IDF spokesman is suspected of misleading the international press on a ground invasion in Gaza to dupe Hamas, which was mistakenly reported by NYT and others  —  A spokesman led the international media to believe that Israeli forces had entered Gaza.  They hadn't.  But the army wanted Hamas to think they had.
Committee to Protect Journalists:
IDF destroyed two buildings in Gaza City housing 12+ media outlets; IDF says the buildings were targeted as sites of Hamas' intelligence and military offices  —  New York, May 13, 2021 - Israeli forces must refrain from bombing media outlets, and should ensure that journalists can work safely …
Paul Volpe / Politico:
Why WaPo likely looked outside its own ranks to hire a female EIC, including a shrinking newsroom before Bezos' takeover, plus structural and cultural issues  —  When the Washington Post on Tuesday named Sally Buzbee of the Associated Press as its next executive editor—the first woman to have the role …
Jack Crosbie / Discourse Blog:
In internal meeting, CEO Meredith Levien defended NYT's refusal to voluntarily recognize The NYT Tech Guild, saying its members are tech people, not journalists  —  In a meeting with staffers, Meredith Levien had several reasons for why she's fighting her paper's newest organizing effort.
Julia Alexander / IGN:
Nickelodeon is a primary reason people are signing up for and watching streaming service Paramount+, says ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish  —  Nickelodeon is key to Paramount+'s success  —  Between 2010 and 2020, Nickelodeon lost more than 60% of its audience.  —  Snapped up by Netflix, YouTube …
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Jason Kilar says he expects no long-term negative effects of releasing 2021 movies on HBO Max; sources: Warner Bros. paid $200M+ to appease talent  —  WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar fired the streaming service's top brass, blew up the movie business and angered Hollywood royalty.  He says it's a recipe for success.
Ben Munson / FierceVideo:
TiVo buys MobiTV's assets for $18.5M, including its live and on-demand video delivery offerings to launch app-based streaming TV services  —  TiVo emerged as the winner on day 2 of an auction for MobiTV's assets after fending off several raised bids from Amino in conjunction with Roku and RPX, a patent portfolio company.
Reggie Ugwu / New York Times:
A look at Spotify-exclusive “music and talk” podcasts, which let hosts avoid music licensing fees and fair-use legal fights via free access to Spotify catalog  —  Music-filled — and Spotify-exclusive — shows like “Black Girl Songbook” and “60 Songs That Explain the '90s” dance around copyright constraints.
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
A new Biden executive order revokes a Trump-era EO that targeted protections for social media platforms and asked the FCC to conduct a review of Section 230  —  President Biden revoked the Trump-era executive order on “preventing online censorship,” which a source told Protocol last summer …
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Les Moonves and ViacomCBS settle dispute over his payout; a contractor will pay a sum to Moonves, which he'll donate to charity, and $120M reverts to ViacomCBS  —  Broadcasting giant CBS and former Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves, who was ousted from the company in 2018 …
RFE / Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
RFE/RL's bank accounts in Russia have been frozen; Russia's media monitor has imposed fines on the news outlet for failing to label itself as a foreign agent  —  RFE/RL's bank accounts in Russia have been frozen following a visit by court bailiffs to the U.S. agency's Moscow bureau.
Jeremy Fuster / The Wrap:
Southern Theatres follows Alamo Drafthouse and AMC, launching a service to let subscribers rent films after their theatrical run and before they're on streaming  —  Amid the hard work of reopening after the pandemic, some movie theater chains are venturing into the streaming business …
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