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5:45 PM ET, July 21, 2021


 Top News: 
Andrew Marchand / New York Post:
Maria Taylor leaves ESPN, weeks after the Rachel Nichols controversy; sources: Taylor is headed to NBC and is expected to be part of its Olympics coverage  —  Maria Taylor and ESPN are divorcing - and she is expected to end up with NBC and at the Olympics, The Post has learned.
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Clubhouse is no longer invite-only as it exits beta and says the 10M people on its waitlist will be added to the app over time  —  The app goes wide  —  Clubhouse is going wide.  Co-founders Paul Davison and Rohan Seth announced today that the app is no longer invite-only.
Maria Halkias / Dallas Morning News:
The Dallas Morning News names Katrice Hardy of The Indianapolis Star as executive editor; she's the first woman and Black journalist to lead the newsroom  —  Fresh off a Pulitzer Prize winning project in Indianapolis, Katrice Hardy will take over the Dallas newsroom Aug. 12.
Paul Takahashi / Houston Chronicle:
Maria Reeve has been named executive editor of the Houston Chronicle, the first journalist of color to lead the paper; she has been a managing editor since 2019  —  Maria Douglas Reeve, managing editor of the Houston Chronicle since November 2019, has been named the newspaper's top editor.
Katie Deighton / Wall Street Journal:
Tumblr starts testing Post+, which allows users to charge their followers a monthly fee in exchange for access to exclusive content, with Tumblr taking a 5% cut  —  Social platform is the latest to let users earn money from posting  —  Microblogging stalwart Tumblr on Wednesday began …
Abram Brown / Forbes:
Profile of Rhett and Link, creators of YouTube daily series Good Mythical Morning who earned $20M in 2020, as they launch a $5M fund to invest in other creators  —  YouTube fame tends to be counted in hours, days, weeks or, possibly, months if all goes really right.
Discussion: @rhettmc, @linkneal and Tubefilter
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
YouTube debuts Super Thanks, which lets users tip creators for individual uploaded videos rather than livestreams and have their message highlighted in comments
Kelsey Sutton / Adweek:
Discussion: The Wrap, MediaPost, Variety and Ad Age
South China Morning Post:
Hong Kong police arrest executive EIC of now-defunct Apple Daily, the eighth senior newspaper figure to be arrested, and detain two senior employees  —  Lam Man-chung is the eighth senior executive from the now-defunct newspaper to have been arrested since sweeping operation …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Ofcom launches a formal investigation into BBC's plan to bring back BBC Three to broadcast TV over concerns that it might damage commercial rivals  —  Corporation aims to attract younger viewers by bringing back channel, but plan has been challenged  —  The BBC's plan to bring back BBC Three …
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Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
LiveControl, which sells a plug and play package for venues to livestream events, raises $30M Series A, bringing its total raised to $33M
Isabell Hülsen / Spiegel Online:
Interview with FT Editor Roula Khalaf on attracting more female readers, how page views grew 42% YoY in 2020, and FT's reputation as a bible of capitalism
Michael De Dora / Committee to Protect Journalists:
US news orgs ask Biden and Congress for emergency visas for Afghans who worked with US media, saying they face “grievous harm and death” as troops withdraw
 Earlier Picks: 
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Looking back at the tough tactics of Disney's top comms officer, Zenia Mucha, who took an effective scorched-earth approach to PR and plans to retire in 2022
Wendy Lee / Los Angeles Times:
A look at JTBC, which bought a majority stake in the creative arm of talent agency CAA, one of several forays by South Korean companies into US entertainment
Discussion: @rverrier
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Sean Hannity drew praise after urging people to “please take COVID seriously”, but Fox News' broader messaging on vaccines remains contradictory and sows doubt
The Guardian:
A proposed UK secrecy law would increase prison sentences for leakers of state secrets, remove the public interest defense, and possibly put journalists in jail