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Streaming price hikes make it less of a cheap cable alternative

YouTube TV and ESPN+ are both raising their monthly charges.

Jul 1, 2020 - Economy & Business
The nerve center of the American news cycle

Wednesday was the number one day in Twitter's history for downloads.

Jun 9, 2020 - Technology
No media publisher is immune in the coronavirus era

COVID-19 has accelerated the shrinkage of journalism.

May 21, 2020 - Economy & Business
A true digital media publishing breakthrough

Multiple companies turned a profit last year.

Jan 21, 2020 - Economy & Business
A new entertainment world order

Broadcast networks were shut out of Golden Globe nominations.

Dec 10, 2019 - Economy & Business
The free press is getting squeezed, even in democracies

Charges against Benjamin Netanyahu highlight the trend

Nov 26, 2019 - Economy & Business

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Roku, Comcast reach distribution deal

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Comcast, NBCUniversal's parent company, and Roku struck an agreement on a video distribution deal, a Roku spokesperson confirmed to Axios on Friday evening.

Why it matters: The deal means that all of NBCU's apps, its 11 network apps, 12 NBCU local station apps and 23 Telemundo-owned local station apps, won't go dark on Roku. It also means that Peacock will be available to Roku customers.

Sep 17, 2020 - Economy & Business

Twitter adds security measures for high-profile political users

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Twitter is adding new security measures for a designated group of high-profile, election-related Twitter accounts in the U.S.

Why it matters: The move follows a major hack of high-profile Twitter users in July that security experts worry could foreshadow security risks ahead of the election.

Backlash over "Cuties" leads to spike in Netflix cancellations

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New data suggests that Netflix is facing high levels of churn, or consumers canceling their subscriptions, in response to backlash around a French film called "Cuties," which director Maïmouna Doucouré says denounces the hyper-sexualization of young girls.

Why it matters: The backlash, which comes as critics allege the film in fact over-sexualizes young girls, isn't expected to have a lasting impact on the streamer, but it represents how much momentum the campaign against Netflix is picking up over this film especially as high-profile politicians have called for a boycott.

Sep 17, 2020 - Technology

Snapchat debuts social justice-focused show starring Jaden Smith

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Snapchat is launching a new original series called “The Solution Committee,” starring Jaden Smith. The unscripted show features young activists and celebrities discussing racial and social justice issues, like criminal justice reform and voting access.

Why it matters: The show is part of Snapchat's effort to educate its user base about important election issues. All episodes will include a swipe-up function at the end, encouraging users to register to vote.

Facebook, Instagram attach "false information" stamp to Tucker Carlson coronavirus clip

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Facebook and Instagram have placed a ”False Information” label on a post from the Fox News show "Tucker Carlson Tonight" in which Carlson interviews Li-Meng Yan, a Chinese virologist, who has previously claimed the coronavirus "is not from nature," on Wednesday.

Why it matters: Facebook has made headlines in recent months for taking increasing action on posts from politicians and political groups containing misinformation. It's added fewer labels to high-profile media companies, which is what makes this label noteworthy.

Sep 16, 2020 - Technology

NYT, Facebook launch multi-year augmented reality reporting project

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The New York Times and Facebook have struck a multi-year partnership to co-develop augmented reality (AR) filters and effects on Instagram that help users access and contextualize New York Times journalism, executives tell Axios.

Why it matters: It's the first time that The Times has experimented with augmented reality technology at scale and off of its own website and apps. The partnership also represents an evolution in the relationship between publishers and tech companies.

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Sep 16, 2020 - Sports

NFL dominates top telecasts, but ratings are down from 2019

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The NFL is America's most valuable TV property, and it's even more important to networks and advertisers this year with entertainment production largely shut down due to COVID-19.

Driving the news: Last week's top six prime-time shows were all NFL, but despite outperforming all other forms of prime-time programming, Week 1 ratings for the league were down roughly 4% compared to the 2019 season, according to Nielsen ratings cited by CNBC.

Sep 15, 2020 - Economy & Business

String of media companies replace top editors with people of color

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A number of media companies, especially with audiences that skew female, are replacing top white editors with people of color.

Why it matters: A slew of top editors were forced to step down from their positions this summer after the #BlackLivesMatter movement and protests sweeping the nation forced media companies to reckon with their own shortcomings on diversity.

Sep 15, 2020 - Economy & Business

Exclusive: Facebook invests $5 million in newsroom diversity efforts

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Facebook is investing $5 million in programs for newsrooms of color and entrepreneurial journalism, executives tell Axios.

Why it matters: The investment comes amid tensions between Facebook and civil rights leaders over the prevalence of hate speech and misinformation on its platform.

Sep 15, 2020 - Technology

Major ad fraud scheme targets premium publishers

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A new ad fraud scheme targeting premium publishers on connected TVs (CTV) and mobile has been uncovered by DoubleVerify, an ad fraud analytics company. The botnet, called MultiTerra, was stealing roughly $1 million per month from publishers by spoofing their ad inventory.

Why it matters: Premium publishers were particularly vulnerable to this particular attack because their ad rates (CPMs) are so high, making them an efficient target. CTV is any TV set that streams video over the internet.

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