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12:40 PM ET, May 28, 2021


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Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Reuters has postponed the launch of its paywall after a dispute with data provider Refinitiv over whether the move would breach a deal between the companies  —  (Reuters) - Reuters News postponed the launch of its website paywall following a dispute with financial data provider Refinitiv …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Liberal media's lab-leak hypothesis coverage, which treated it as a conspiracy theory and conflated it with Trump's claims, shows dangers of Twitter groupthink  —  Yesterday, the Biden administration promised to redouble its efforts to investigate the origin of COVID-19 …
Ayushman Kaul / DFRLab:
A Toronto PR firm created news and fact-checking sites pretending to originate from India, which were amplified on social media by dozens of Indian embassies  —  Site published spurious fact-checks & other content that were amplified by over 50 Indian diplomatic accounts on Twitter & Facebook
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Source: in companywide address, Jason Kilar said he had no plans to step down this year as head of WarnerMedia and that he will reassess his options next year  —  AT&T Inc. is spinning off WarnerMedia into a venture with Discovery Inc.  —  WarnerMedia Chief Executive Jason Kilar …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
VOA management took months to address the fact that an executive producer and a freelancer regularly plagiarized others' work, despite being alerted by staff  —  Last summer, a Voice of America staffer noticed something odd in the radio scripts that a Paris-based freelancer was submitting …
Discussion: @blmohr
Kate Kaye / Digiday:
Google says it won't build itself Privacy Sandbox backdoors, but whether it will allow itself to use individual-level data from Chrome users remains unclear  —  Google promised on Thursday it won't carve out separate rules for itself as it forces data privacy restrictions on others navigating …
Discussion: MediaPost
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google is nearing a settlement of an antitrust case in France alleging it abused its power in online ads, and is likely pay a fine and make changes  —  French investigation alleged Google's ad server favored its own ad exchange  —  Alphabet Inc.'s Google is nearing a settlement …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Clubhouse has hired Kelly Stoetzel, head of conferences and speaker curation at TED, to lead efforts to attract “thoughtful people” like authors and scientists  —  Clubhouse has hired Kelly Stoetzel, a 17-year veteran of TED and the executive responsible for lining up the company's famous TED Talks.
Brent Lang / Variety:
Lionsgate beat estimates with Q4 revenue of $876.4M, down 7.2% YoY; Starz streaming subscribers grew 69% YoY to 16.7M globally; motion picture revenue fell 25%+  —  The better-than-expected results come as Lionsgate is seen as a potential acquisition target for tech giants and media conglomerates looking to get bigger.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Fortune's editor-in-chief Clifton Leaf is leaving the publication; deputy editor Brian O'Keefe will be acting editor  —  Fortune editor in chief Clifton Leaf is leaving the publication, and Brian O'Keefe has been named acting editor.  —  “I have valued my partnership with Cliff enormously …
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Founder of Outkick Media Clay Travis and radio host Buck Sexton will take over Rush Limbaugh's time slot for distributor Premiere Networks starting June 21  —  Duo's show to begin airing in the coveted weekday time slot on June 21 in hundreds of markets  —  The Rush Limbaugh replacements are in …
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
CNN says the 5 Things podcast accounts for 43% of its total podcast downloads, as it plans to expand the 5 Things newsletter and turn it into a franchise  —  CNN Digital is stretching its 5 Things email newsletter from a daily article roundup into its own franchise.
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Brian Welk / The Wrap:
HFPA has hired a team of experts in diversity, ethics, and workplace legal issues to help reform the organization
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR names A Martinez as co-host of Morning Edition and Up Next, replacing David Greene, as the network tries to attract more Latino listeners
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
UK government to restart the recruitment process for an Ofcom chair after panel rejected frontrunner Paul Dacre, ex-Daily Mail editor, giving him another chance
Karan Deep Singh / New York Times:
Twitter criticizes the Indian government's “intimidation tactics” and says it will push for changes to regulations that give it more authority over online media
The Guardian:
Naomi Osaka says she won't speak to French Open press as it's a burden on players' mental health; many tournaments require players to speak to media or be fined
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Brett Molina / USA Today:
Philo announces plans to increase its monthly price from $20 a month to $25 a month for new subscribers, starting June 8
Paul Vieira / Wall Street Journal:
Canada weighs a measure that would require Netflix, Spotify, YouTube, TikTok, and others to use part of their revenue to fund Canadian shows, movies, and music
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Twitter says users can now join Spaces via desktop and mobile web browsers, but can't host rooms on the web just yet
Janine Zacharia / Politico:
The most urgent issue in Emily Wilder's firing is that a reporter was targeted in order to create the perception that AP is biased against Israel, and AP caved
David Folkenflik / @davidfolkenflik:
[Thread] Union members at multiple Tribune newspapers say they have been told that Alden Global Capital intends to seek voluntary buyouts company-wide