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2:30 PM ET, June 3, 2021

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Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Twitter launches its subscription service Twitter Blue in Canada and Australia for CAD $3.49 and AU $4.49/month, with features like Undo Tweet, Bookmark Folders  —  - Twitter Blue is designed for power users who are willing to pay a monthly fee for exclusive features.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Trump shutting down his blog shows the significance of social media platforms' amplification mechanics and how they give free and huge reach to the worst actors  —  What a failed blog tells us about the power of Twitter  —  Last month, after months of hyping up a forthcoming “social media platform” …
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Casey Newton / Platformer:
Censorship is becoming a crisis for social networks, as governments crack down on dissent and corporate content moderation stifles more speech than intended
New York Times:
In 2020, Trump's DOJ secretly seized phone records from 2017 of four NYT reporters: Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eric Lichtblau, and Michael S. Schmidt  —  The admission by the Biden Justice Department followed similar recent disclosures to The Washington Post and CNN.
Joshua Darr / FiveThirtyEight:
Researchers say Americans are more likely to vote for one party up and down the ballot when local newspapers close and they get their news from national outlets  —  The laws of supply and demand aren't working for local news.  —  The local news business was devastated by COVID-19, even though consumers wanted more of its product.
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Twitter starts rolling out Birdwatch fact checking notes on iOS, Android, and desktop, visible only to participants in its pilot program  —  Twitter is looking to crowdsource its way out of misinformation woes with its new product Birdwatch which taps a network of engaged tweeters to add notes to misleading tweets.
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
IDG, owner of PCWorld, Macworld, and IDC, to be acquired by Blackstone for $1.3B  —  It's been a busy week for private equity with Cloudera, Stack Overflow and FireEye coming off the board on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Today Blackstone bought media and data company IDG for $1.3 billion.
CNN:
Trans writers and journalists struggle to get old bylines corrected, as company policies for updating bylines vary greatly across academic and news publishing  —  When Theresa Tanenbaum transitioned in 2019, she changed her name and began a years-long quest to correct the one she was given at birth …
 
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Lauradixon / Global Investigative Journalism Network:
Nonprofit news outlets across the globe with a focus on health coverage showed their strengths during the pandemic with in-depth reporting
Max Willens / Digiday:
Group Nine Media says it is working on a first-party data offering called In-Genuity to target audiences both on its sites and across social media platforms
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Insider says its sales revenue is up 61% YoY in H1 2021, with more ad revenue in first five months of 2021 than all of 2020; half of Insider revenue is from ads