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9:25 AM ET, July 22, 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:
Todd Spangler / Variety:
AT&T Q2: HBO Max and HBO have 67.5M subscribers, up 12M YoY; HBO Max subscription revenue grew 39% YoY to $2B; WarnerMedia income fell 11.3% YoY to $1.7B  —  For the second quarter of 2021, the company reported a net gain of 2.8 million total domestic HBO Max and HBO subscribers …
Kat Stoeffel / Bustle:
Profile of Call Her Daddy podcast host Alex Cooper, who left Barstool Sports for an exclusive Spotify deal that reportedly pays $60M over three years  —  In the third episode of what would become the fifth most popular podcas t in the United States, Alex Cooper announced that she had scored the big invite.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
The Biden administration's promise to “review” Section 230 in response to anti-vax posts on Facebook will fail since being wrong online is protected speech  —  ‘Reviewing’ Section 230 isn't the answer to anti-vax posts  —  Last week, the White House declared war …
Martha Carr / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Times-Picayune and The Advocate to receive $1M from the Ford Foundation to double the size of the papers' investigative team and expand its geographic reach  —  The Times-Picayune and The Advocate will receive a $1 million gift from the Ford Foundation, one of the nation's largest philanthropic funds …
Filing: Teads, which provides automated buying and selling of online ad space, plans to raise up to $808.5M in its US IPO, at a valuation of about $5B  —  Advertising technology company Teads BV, owned by French telecom company Altice, said on Wednesday it aims to raise up to $808.5 million through …
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
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
A look at livestream shopping shows from BuzzFeed, which has put on 50+ livestreams on Amazon Live this year, including a 16-hour-long show on Prime Day  —  BuzzFeed is the latest media company to start experimenting with livestream shopping (aka the new, digital version of QVC) …
Discussion: @peterhimler and @simonowens
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.
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 and @linkneal
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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
Geoff Mayfield / Variety:
TikTok touts two studies that show around 75% of its users discover artists on the service and around 67% seek out songs from TikTok on music streaming services
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
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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
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
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