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6:50 PM ET, August 4, 2021


 Top News: 
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
NYT beats Q2 expectations with $93M adjusted operating profit on $499M revenue; 8M subscribers, 142K new digital subscribers; online revenue up 41% YoY to $261M  —  The company expects to end the year with about 8.5 million.  In its quarterly results, it reported holding nearly $1 billion in cash.
Ben Bowman / The Streamable:
HBO Max is no longer available on Amazon Prime Video as WarnerMedia seeks a direct relationship with users  —  HBO Max continues to assert its independence from its old streaming partners.  If you look for the service on Amazon Prime Video, you won't find it anymore.  —  We knew this was coming.
Catie Keck / The Verge:
HBO Max is offering a selection of 13 free pilot episodes in-app to attract new subscribers  —  Lovecraft Country, Harley Quinn, and Game of Thrones included  —  HBO Max is offering free episodes to potential new subscribers in-app and free of charge so they can take its more popular series …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
HBO Max plans to release a Batman podcast, Batman: The Audio Adventures, as an in-app exclusive, despite the app lacking standard audio player features  —  Batman: The Audio Adventures comes out this fall  —  The HBO Max team wants its app to not just be the place people find big movie premieres but podcasts, too.
Facebook says it has disabled the accounts, apps, Pages, and access to its APIs for researchers running NYU's Ad Observatory Project, citing TOS violations  —  - Company says researchers of political ads were scraping data  — NYU's Ad Observatory got cease-and-desist letter last October
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Politico employees are mounting an effort to unionize with NewsGuild  —  Members of Politico's newsroom are actively mounting an effort to unionize with the NewsGuild, sources tell Axios.  —  Why it matters: Politico's newsroom is one of the largest newsrooms to have resisted organizing efforts in the past.
The Daily Beast:
Jezebel EIC Julianne Escobedo Shepherd is resigning later this month to write a book; her departure follows several other recent exits by top staff at G/O Media  —  The women-focused site is losing its top editor—yet another exit in a months-long series of departures.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Subscription digital outlet Puck debuts its site, will formally launch in Sept., has hired Dylan Byers, Matt Belloni, and others as founding partners  —  Puck, a splashy new digital media company, is coming out of stealth mode, Axios has learned.  The company debuted its landing page …
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
Fox Corp. reports Q4 revenue of $2.89B, with affiliate revenue up 10%, ad revenue in its TV segment up 51%, and cable ad revenue up 17% in the quarter  —  Fox reported surpassed revenue and earnings expectations from Wall Street on Thursday.  —  For the quarter ending June 30, 2021 …
Oskar Serrander / Acast:
Podcast network Acast says 14M Americans listen to its shows per month, it's home to 28K shows total, of which 25% are US-based, and it's paid $110M to creators  —  How Acast became the global independent power source of podcasting  —  Acast opened up for business in the US just over four years ago.
Christine Mungai / Nieman Lab:
A look at nine-person pan-African outlet The Continent, which sends out a free weekly PDF to 11,000 subscribers on WhatsApp and Signal  —  In Africa and much of the global South, the spread of rumors, hoaxes, and calculated “fake news” primarily happens on WhatsApp, whose closed network …
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Jake Sherman / @jakesherman:
Source: Axios is planning on launching subscription products for investors and private equity firms and others similar to Politico Pro in the fall
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Casey Michel / New Republic:
Russian oligarchs are increasingly sending legal threats to US and UK investigative journalists by hiring the best law firms, a practice known as “lawfare”
Danny Funt / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at the relationship, at times ethically uneasy, between sports journalism and sports betting, amid sportsbooks' broad shift into media operations
Laurel Brubaker Calkins / Bloomberg:
US Rep. Devin Nunes, who has sued CNN, WaPo, Twitter, and others, sues NBCUniversal in a Texas district court, saying Rachel Maddow of MSNBC defamed him
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Longform podcast, with ~500 episodes of interviews with writers and others, is joining Vox Media Podcast Network, which will handle marketing and distribution
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Nia Prater / New York Magazine:
NY AG report: Chris Cuomo of CNN sent an email that appeared to be a draft PR release for his brother, Andrew, when harassment claims against the governor arose
J. Clara Chan / Hollywood Reporter:
On-demand movie and TV service FandangoNOW has merged with video streaming service Vudu, which will become Roku's official movie and TV store
Knight Foundation:
Knight Foundation announces Jim Brady as VP/Journalism; Brady has worked at WaPo, Digital First Media, and founded Spirited Media
Lauren Easton / Associated Press:
Daisy Veerasingham named president and CEO of The Associated Press, becoming the first woman, person of color, and foreign citizen to lead the outlet
Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
Discovery says it has 18M subscribers, most on Discovery+, reports Q2 net income of $672M on revenue of $3.06B, up 21% YoY; US ad revenue grew 12% YoY to $1.1B