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7:30 PM ET, June 22, 2017

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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Reuters report: ad blocking growth stalls, 18% of 18-24-year-olds in US pay for online news, 33% of same age globally use social media as their main news source  —  The Reuters Institute's annual report on digital news contains some surprises.  —  The United States recently elected an unusual president.
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Republican coal baron Robert Murray is suing John Oliver, HBO, Time Warner, and the writers for Oliver's show over the most recent episode of Last Week Tonight  —  A Republican coal baron is suing John Oliver, HBO, Time Warner, and the writers for Oliver's show over the most recent episode of Last Week Tonight.
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Alan Feuer / New York Times:
A civil case from Murray Energy in a New York appeals court is testing whether the state's shield law protects small, subscriber-based news organizations
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Filing: Sean Parker and Klaus Hommels leave Spotify board as ex-Disney COO Thomas Staggs, ex-YouTube exec Shishir Mehrotra, others join ahead of rumored IPO  —  As Spotify inches its way to a public listing, the streaming music company — which now has 140 million users — has made some significant changes to its board of directors.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Sources: conservative pundit Hugh Hewitt will host a live half-hour show on MSNBC, airing Saturdays at 8am and beginning this week  —  MSNBC is expanding weekend news with live programming until 9 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday nights, TVNewser has learned.  —  As part of the expansion …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Tesla is talking to music labels about creating its own streaming service that would be bundled with its cars  —  Why not work directly with Spotify, Apple and others?  Good question.  —  Put this one in the “You can do that, but why would you want to do that?” file …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Sources: Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge eyes Atlanta's Cox Communications as acquisition target, but Cox has long said it's not interested in a sale  —  The upcoming season for cable TV could see yet another merger.  —  Charter Communications — the nationwide cable giant whose …
Discussion: BGR, Consumerist and TVWeek.com
Washpostpr / Washington Post:
The Washington Post launches ModBot, a proprietary tool that uses machine learning to moderate comments  —  The Washington Post has launched ModBot, a software application that utilizes artificial intelligence to moderate comments.  The proprietary technology uses machine learning …
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk and @gjbarb
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
The gunman motivated by the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, Edgar Maddison Welch, gets four years in prison  —  The North Carolina man who commandeered a pizza restaurant at gunpoint in Northwest Washington to investigate a false Internet rumor of a pedophile ring there was sentenced to four years in in prison Thursday.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
The Knight Prototype Fund awards $1M to projects aimed at fighting misinformation, including a mobile game that tracks falsehoods and a media literacy program  —  A mobile game that tracks falsehoods, a tool that busts lie-spewing internet bots and projects aimed at increasing the reach …
 
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Shareen Pathak / Digiday:
Profile of 14-year-old media consultancy MediaLink, an industry connector and its move into recruitment as the company's revenue reaches $54M/year
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Kaitlyn Tiffany / The Verge:
Tumblr, known for its activism on internet issues like net neutrality and the SOPA/PIPA fight, may change to be less outspoken, now that it's owned by Verizon
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Wedding ad network BrideClick acquires assets of bankrupt Mode Media, will merge Mode's assets into new company Glam Inc
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
11 Democratic senators call on Justice Department to scrutinize AT&T/Time Warner merger for potential harm to consumers
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