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David McCabe / New York Times:
A new Florida law regulates how Twitter, YouTube, and others moderate speech, with fines for banning candidates; the law exempts companies that own theme parks  —  The new law, a direct response to Facebook and Twitter's suspension of former President Donald J. Trump, affects candidates for statewide offices.
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Gilad Edelman / Wired:
Florida's new Stop Social Media Censorship Act almost certainly violates the US Constitution and Section 230, and will likely be struck down in court  —  The Stop Social Media Censorship Act almost certainly violates both the US Constitution and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Over 100 AP staff sign a letter saying they “strongly disapprove” with how Emily Wilder's firing was handled and call on AP to update social media policies  —  Over 100 Associated Press employees signed a letter to management Monday saying they “strongly disapprove” …
New York Times:
Nexta Telegram channel founder Roman Protasevich arrested as Belarus, under orders from Lukashenko, sends fighter jet and forces Ryanair flight to land in Minsk  —  The dissident, Roman Protasevich, co-founded a Telegram channel that is a popular opposition outlet in Belarus.
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Financial Times:
A look at the media activism of Belarusian Telegram channels like Nexta, which not only reported on last year's protests but also helped coordinate them
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon is nearing a deal to buy MGM Holdings for almost $9B, which could be announced as early as this week  —  Deal for the ‘Rocky’ and ‘James Bond’ studio would mark tech company's second largest-ever acquisition  —  Amazon.com Inc. is nearing a deal to buy the Hollywood studio MGM Holdings …
Aymann Ismail / Slate:
Some journalists covering Israel and Palestinians say they've faced doubts on their reporting, including from senior editors who treat IDF statements as facts  —  Some journalists covering Israel and Palestine say an “illusive concept of impartiality” led them to face persistent doubts and skewed editing for years.
Diksha Madhok / CNN:
How Indian journalists have struggled to report the devastation of rising COVID-19 cases, often under hostile pressure from Modi's government  —  New Delhi (CNN Business)Om Gaur is in the middle of the most heart-wrenching story of his career as a journalist.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
To satisfy streaming services' hunger for IP, studios are again focusing on adapting big game franchises for movies and TV, with Sony adapting 10 PS games  —  After decades of game-to-film flops, a new effort, led by Sony, aims to adapt big PlayStation and Xbox franchises for movies and TV.
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Profile of MSNBC Pres. Rashida Jones, a “digital native” millennial who hopes MSNBC's focus on streaming will help it cultivate a new generation of news junkies  —  Rashida Jones, the first Black woman to run a major cable news channel, hopes streaming will cultivate the next generation of news junkies.
New York Times:
Sources: in October 2016, shortly before the AT&T-Time Warner acquisition, Disney's Bob Iger called Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes about a possible deal  —  What if Time Warner had gotten a fateful phone call earlier in 2016?  —  What could have been  —  After its $100 billion deal …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Beacons, which lets creators link out to their personal mobile landing pages from their TikTok or Instagram profiles, raises $6M seed funding led by a16z  —  Mobile landing page builder Beacons has raised a $6 million seed round to expand its vision for empowering creators to make money beyond …
Discussion: @ycombinator and @martyswant
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sensor Tower makes its first acquisition with deal for market intelligence company, Pathmatics, and gets a growth investment from Riverwood Capital  —  Mobile app market intelligence firm Sensor Tower has made its first acquisition.  The company this morning announced it's acquiring Pathmatics …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Twitch launches a category for “Pools, Hot Tubs, and Beaches” streams, letting creators continue to stream them while letting advertisers and viewers avoid them  —  ‘Being found to be sexy by others is not against our rules’  —  Twitch is launching a dedicated category …
 
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Jason Gewirtz / CNBC:
CNBC is selling an NFT of a video of Mark Haines calling a bottom in the stock market on March 10, 2009, to honor the anchor on 10th anniversary of his death
Alex Cox / The Keyword:
Google debuts News Showcase for the web on desktop, with enhanced Google News story panels from partner outlets, in the eight countries Showcase is available
TIME:
Time says it has 2M paying subscribers across all platforms and is aiming for 10M subscribers by 2030, as it makes changes to editorial leadership structure
Zheping Huang / Bloomberg:
Kuaishou, ByteDance's main rival, reports Q1 revenue of $2.65B, up 37% YoY, and a net loss of $8.9B, as it delved deeper into online commerce and advertising
Matthew Dessem / Slate:
In a Last Week Tonight episode about sponsored content, John Oliver tricked three local US TV stations into airing a promo for a bogus “sexual wellness blanket”
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BBC:
BBC will review its editorial practices and Martin Bashir's rehiring after a report found it covered up Bashir's “deceitful behaviour” to get a Diana interview
RTDNA:
Full-time employment in local TV news increased 1.8% YoY to 28,000 in 2020, beating the previous high in 2009
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Tension is rising at WNYC amid HR complaints about bullying and a formal complaint to the NLRB about an alleged campaign by the EIC against her internal critics
Andi Ortiz / The Wrap:
Former Trump spokesman Jason Miller is ordered to pay Gizmodo Media Group $42K to cover legal fees after a second attempt at suing Gizmodo