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8:20 PM ET, April 30, 2022


 Top News: 
Sources: Elon Musk has a new Twitter CEO lined up and offered monetizing ideas, like charging websites for quoting or embedding tweets from verified accounts  —  Elon Musk told banks that agreed to help fund his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) that he could crack down on executive …
Max Tani / Politico:
Some White House correspondents complain that Biden Administration storylines, while important and substantive, are “boring” and don't create star journalists  —  Washington reporters have long considered the role of White House correspondent to be the crown jewel of American political journalism.
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
An in-depth look at the rise of Tucker Carlson, who led Fox's Trump-era transformation, becoming the network's most influential employee  —  Tucker Carlson burst through the doors of Charlie Palmer Steak, enfolded in an entourage of producers and assistants, cellphone pressed to his ear.
Laura Bradley / The Daily Beast:
Former Netflix Tudum staffers describe a chaotic workplace with few metrics to measure their success and no planning around the site's goals and brand identity  —  TU-DUMPED  —  Netflix recruited a small army of journalists—mostly women and people of color—to run Tudum.
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
The FEC unanimously rejects a complaint against Courier Newsroom that claimed the network of progressive news sites had to register as a political committee  —  The Federal Election Commission has unanimously rejected allegations that a network of progressive news sites had operated …
Discussion: @seanjcooksey
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Geoff Morrell is out as Disney's chief corporate affairs officer after less than four months, replaced by Kristina Schake and General Counsel Horacio Gutierrez  —  After less than four months, there is another changing of the communications guard at the Walt Disney Company.
Amaris Castillo / Poynter:
A look at the American Mosaic Prize, which annually awards $100K each to two freelance journalists reporting on underrepresented and/or misrepresented US groups  —  The idea is, 'These are amazing leaders.  These are people with incredible talent.  Give them resources and let them decide what to do with them.'
Ax Sharma / Wired:
Hollywood's fight against VPN providers like ExpressVPN now goes beyond piracy, as a recent lawsuit alleges VPNs enable crimes like hacking, murder, and more  —  Beyond accusations of encouraging copyright infringement, film companies have begun accusing VPNs of enabling a slew of illegal activity.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Roku reports Q1 revenue up 28% YoY to $734M, 1.4B streaming hours added to reach 20.9B, up 14% YoY, and 1.1M active accounts added to reach 61.3M, up 14% YoY  —  Streaming platform Roku saw revenue and user growth cool down in the first three months of 2022, as the company missed Wall Street expectations on the top and bottom lines.
Discussion: TechCrunch, @variety and MediaPost
Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge:
Report finds Amazon and third parties collect data from interactions with Alexa through Echo speakers and share it with as many as 41 partners for ad targeting  —  Amazon and third parties use data from smart speakers to sell you stuff, says report  —  A report released last week contends …
A Turkish court acquits two Bloomberg reporters, indicted for allegedly trying to undermine economic stability in a 2018 article about Turkey's financial policy  —  A Turkish court on Friday acquitted two Bloomberg reporters along with dozens of other defendants facing jail terms on charges …
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Jessica Toonkel / The Information:
Source: Vice Media is working with PJT and LionTree to explore the sale of its studio business, which is Vice's biggest business unit by revenue contribution
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Deloitte: 33% of US consumers both canceled and added a paid video streaming service over the past six months; Gen Z and millennials had 50%+ churn rates
Stuart McGurk / New Statesman:
A deep dive into GB News as the British outlet nears its one-year anniversary: lack of production experience, competition from Murdoch's talkTV, and low ratings
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Angelina Chapin / The Cut:
A look at the New York Post's cutthroat workplace culture given ex-editor Michelle Gotthelf's lawsuit; 20+ people have left the paper in the past six months
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Epic Games, which acquired Bandcamp in March, asks a US court to bar Google from removing its app from the Play Store if it doesn't implement its IAP by June 1
Nikki Usher / @nikkiusher:
[Thread] Study: nonprofit media and philanthropic support of accountability journalism appear to help curb US public corruption by increasing prosecutions