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11:20 AM ET, May 24, 2022


 Top News: 
Sara Fischer / Axios:
An interview with Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch on the company's expansion into lifestyle verticals, such as outdoors and books, alongside NFTs and betting  —  Fox Corp. is in the early stages of expanding into lifestyle verticals across categories like outdoors, home and books, CEO Lachlan Murdoch told Axios in an interview.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Jen Psaki will join MSNBC in the fall, where she will host a new streaming program expected to launch in Q1 2023 and appear on the network's election coverage  —  One of the news industry's worst-kept secrets is finally seeing the light of day.  —  Jen Psaki, the White House Press Secretary …
Rebecca Sun / Hollywood Reporter:
How the new, more diverse editorial leadership in broadcast, cable, digital, and print media is changing newsrooms and guiding coverage to be more inclusive  —  Following the racial reckoning amid the 2020 protests, heads of broadcast, cable, digital and print media became more diverse.
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Interview with Substack co-founder Hamish McKenzie on building “a true alternative to the attention economy” by expanding into podcasts and videos, and more  —  The newsletter company is on a mission to disrupt the attention economy away from “cheap outrage and flame wars,” …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Warner Bros. Discovery may be a compelling company, because of its content and a strategy that sees streaming as an addition to the old model, not a replacement  —  Last week the Wall Street Journal ran a profile of longtime Discovery CEO (now Warner Bros. Discovery CEO) …
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Caleb Pershan / Columbia Journalism Review:
A profile of Twitter account New York Times Pitchbot, run by a math professor mocking the NYT's lazy constructions, half-baked hot takes, and diner interviews  —  A few weeks ago, the person behind the New York Times Pitchbot—not a bot at all, but a Twitter account whose posts satirize …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Meta plans to give outside researchers more info on political ad targeting on Facebook and Instagram and to update Ad Library with more info starting in July  —  Academics and journalists will be able to see more data about the way political ads are used to target users across Facebook and Instagram.
Dan Milmo / The Guardian:
YouTube takes down 70K+ videos and 9K+ channels about the war in Ukraine for violating content guidelines, including videos referring to a “liberation mission”  —  Exclusive: Platform takes ‘unprecedented action’ to address content guideline violations since invasion
Wall Street Journal:
Conan O'Brien sells his hit podcast “Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend” and his Team Coco media company to SiriusXM, sources say for ~$150M  —  The sale of Team Coco comes as audio companies make deals with podcasters with large followings  —  Conan O'Brien found a friend—and a buyer …
Los Angeles Times:
A look at the rapid growth of free streaming channels in recent years, as users get more sophisticated about mixing and matching services that meet their needs  —  There's a new hot buzzword in the streaming video business — it's spelled f-r-e-e.  —  While Netflix is reeling …
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 More News: 
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
At the IAB's Podcast Upfront, Mediahub, GroupM, and other ad buyers preferred ads shorter than 60 seconds, while podcasters pitched longer, more expensive ads
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Greta Van Susteren will join Newsmax in June to lead its 6pm show, saying all networks she has worked for, including CNN and Fox News, have had controversies
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Lara Seligman / Politico:
The US Air Force is reviewing a rule banning foreigners from using electronics on flights and apologizes to Reuters' Idrees Ali for taking his phone on DoD trip
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
The 11th Circuit federal court upholds the block on Florida's social media “censorship” law over First Amendment concerns, as SCOTUS weighs Texas' similar law
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
A look at Lara Logan's journey from being a CBS News star to working on far-right fringe causes, like vaccine skepticism, denying the 2020 US election, and more
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, and Kyle Mooney depart Saturday Night Live after its 47th season finale; McKinnon was in a female-record 211 episodes
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
The compensation and profile of TV news anchors have grown as the demand for content rises, due to news outlets' push into social media, streaming, and podcasts

From Techmeme:

Bryant Francis / Game Developer:
Unity apologizes and says games made with Unity Personal will be exempt from its Runtime Fee, which will only apply to games made with Unity versions from 2024

Katharine Gemmell / Bloomberg:
The UK CMA says Microsoft's revised offer to acquire Activision Blizzard for $69B, which includes selling some gaming rights to Ubisoft, addresses its concerns

Louise Matsakis / Semafor:
Sources: The White House is weighing requiring cloud companies to disclose when a client buys computing resources above a set threshold, as part of an EO on AI

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