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7:55 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.
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.
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 …
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:
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 …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Roku beats with Q2 total net revenue of $645M, up 81% YoY, reaching 55.1M active accounts, up 1.5M QoQ, and 17.4B streaming hours, down 1B QoQ; stock drops 8%+  —  Roku easily beat Wall Street forecasts for second-quarter 2021 earnings — posting record 81% revenue growth …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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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