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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.
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  —  Activist at heart of Ryanair flight diversion rose to prominence with Belarusian media group Nexta  —  Roman Protasevich's involvement …
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 …
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” …
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.
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.
Frank Pallotta / CNN:
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert will be filmed in front of a full, live audience starting June 14 for the first time since March 2020  —  New York (CNN Business)The Ed Sullivan Theater has been silent since March of 2020.  Next month, that's all going to change.
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.
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TIME:
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Zheping Huang / Bloomberg:
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Matthew Dessem / Slate:
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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
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