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5:25 AM ET, July 22, 2021

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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.
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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
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.
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  —  Unless you've been sleeping as long as Rip Van Winkle, you know TikTok has become the new big man on music's campus and a catalyst for pop culture.
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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
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
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
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 …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Verizon Media reports Q2 revenue of $2.1B, up 50% YoY and 13% from Q2 2019, its third consecutive quarter of double-digit growth; FiOS TV lost 62,000 subs  —  Verizon Media is getting ready to fly out of the Verizon nest as a private company — and CEO Guru Gowrappan says the digital-media group …
 
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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
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
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
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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
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