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2:55 PM ET, May 25, 2021


 Top News: 
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: NYT is looking into a full acquisition of The Athletic, not a merger or a joint venture  —  The New York Times is looking into a potential acquisition of The Athletic, three sources familiar with the matter tell Axios.  —  Driving the news: Sources say The Times approached …
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” …
Times of India:
Delhi police visited two Twitter offices in India after demanding Twitter explain why a “manipulated media” tag was given to a BJP spokesperson's tweet  —  - Tribunals are in pathetic condition, make appointments in without specifying tenure: SC to Centre
Sara Fischer / Axios:
AP and FanDuel sign an agreement to make FanDuel the exclusive provider of sports odds across the AP's global sports report  —  FanDuel and The Associated Press have reached an agreement to make FanDuel the exclusive provider of sports odds across AP's global sports report, executives tell Axios.
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
Shibani Mahtani / Washington Post:
Myanmar junta detained American managing editor of Frontier Myanmar magazine as he was trying to leave the country; the magazine says he's being held in prison  —  Myanmar's military junta detained an American journalist on Monday as he was trying to leave the country, the man's employer said …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox Nation to start streaming Fox News' primetime opinion lineup of Tucker Carlson Tonight, Hannity, and The Ingraham Angle the day after it airs on cable  —  Fox News Channel said it would make its lineup of primetime opinion programs available on its Fox Nation streaming-video service …
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Vimeo, which spun off from IAC today, opened at $47.15/share and has dropped to $43/share, down about 17% from its earlier $52.08/share “when-issued” price  —  Shares of online video platform Vimeo Inc (VMEO.O), which was spun off from InterActiveCorp (IAC.O), were down 9.5% on their debut on Nasdaq on Tuesday.
Discussion: PR Newswire
Canadian Press:
Facebook has signed deals with 14 Canadian publishers to pay for the ability to link to their news stories that are not already posted on its platform  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. — Facebook Inc. says it will pay some Canadian publishers for the ability to link to news stories not already posted on its platform.
Discussion: Globe and Mail
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.
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
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Report: Amazon's ad revenue is 2.4x larger than the combined revenue of Snap, Twitter, Roku, and Pinterest, and is growing 1.7x as quickly  —  - The major growth in Amazon's advertising unit means its revenue contribution is now 2.4 times larger than Snap, Twitter, Roku and Pinterest combined …
Discussion: CNBC
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.
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Frank Pallotta / CNN:
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Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
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Ben Smith / New York Times:
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