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Media Beat: April 15, 2021

By David Farrell

Tim Cook tells The Star that online privacy is paramount

In the coming weeks, Apple Inc. will roll out a new privacy feature to the smartphones, tablets and other devices that use its iOS operating system. Privacy updates are usually a bit mundane; important, yes, but not exciting. This one though, which will require apps to get permission from users before tracking their data across other apps or websites, has stoked a storm of controversy since Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple announced it last June.


That’s because the digital advertising industry relies heavily on collecting personalized information about users to deliver targeted ads. It’s a big business, as anyone who has been followed around the internet by an ad for a pair of shoes, can attest. If you decline to be tracked, Apple’s move will restrict access to a string of unique identifying information on your device. Apple will also require the app developer not to use other information — your email or phone number, for instance — to track you. – Christine Dobby, The Star

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Graydon Carter's Air Mail outlines ambitious growth plans

Former Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter's new media venture, Air Mail, expects to employ 40 people by year's end, up from 30 today and 10 at launch in 2019, Axios has learned. It currently has over 75 editorial contributors.

The subscription newsletter allows just one premier advertiser to run against its content in each newsletter each week. It's worked with 53 unique advertisers, mostly from high-end brands like Hermes, Gucci, Celine, Tiffany & Co, HBO, Apple TV+ and Ralph Lauren. – Sara Fischer, Axios

Moody's says Univision's merger with Televisa's content division is credit positive

Univision's Media Networks segment includes television operations with 61 owned or operated broadcast stations; two leading broadcast networks, 10 cable networks, digital operations (including a network of online and mobile apps as well as video, music and advertising services) and 58 owned or operated radio stations. – Yahoo Finance

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Philanthropic support growing for The Guardian

Last year, the revenue stream topped US$9M.

Funded projects include Humanity United, which has reported on modern day slavery and labor exploitation with a pair of two-year $800,000 grants and in 2021 with a $1.5 million grant for a series on human rights around the world. – Sarah Scire, NiemenLab

What does the future hold for nonprofit newsrooms?

As the nonprofit sector grows, some warn of increased competition for philanthropic funding. A recent report acknowledges philanthropy’s role in the saving of hundreds, if not thousands, of media outlets around the world and although that funding is badly needed, it won’t solve the problem of long-term financial viability or help mend an ailing local news ecosystem. – Columbia Journalism Review

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Sidhu Moose Wala Spends Second Week on Canadian Hot 100 With "Drippy"

The posthumous single from the influential Punjabi artist, featuring MXRCI and AR Paisley, is charting again this week. Beyoncé also debuts with Canadian-penned single, "Texas Hold Em."

After a debut in the top ten last week, his highest chart performance ever, the late Punjabi musician Sidhu Moose Wala spends a second week on the charts with "Drippy." The posthumous single, produced by MXRCI and featuring Canadian artist AR Paisley, lands at No. 56 on the Canadian Hot 100 this week. The song has also amassed nearly 25 million YouTube views in two weeks and is making international news.

BBC reported on the song's chart impact this week, speaking with Billboard Canada editor Richard Trapunski about the song's high debut, and how it indicates the broader momentum of Punjabi music in Canada, as well as the special place that Sidhu Moose Wala holds within that growth.

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