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8:50 AM ET, June 23, 2017

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Michael Calderone / HuffPost:
Journalists condemn White House ban on video at press briefing as WHCA President Jeff Mason says the group is working on the issue  —  “They don't want the American public to see this live,” CNN's Wolf Blitzer said as video coverage is again barred.  —  Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee …
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Susan Wojcicki / YouTube Blog:
At VidCon, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announces 1.5B logged-in viewers visit YouTube each month, says YouTube TV will expand to 10 markets, and more  —  I just got off stage after a great conversation with Rhett and Link at VidCon, where we announced a number of exciting new updates.
Katrina Manson / Financial Times:
Group of Arab states tells Qatar to close state-owned Al Jazeera and all affiliated channels as part of a list of demands to be met in 10 days  —  Read next … Kuwait has passed on a list that gives Qatar 10 days to comply with a series of demands from the Arab states that cut ties with it more than two weeks ago.
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 …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Sources: Bloomberg News lays off about a half-dozen employees amid newsroom reorganization  —  Bloomberg News has reorganized a part of the newsroom into a “breaking news” team to handle first versions and first 15 mins of breaking news, mainly to focus an expanded breaking news team to catch and break news faster.
Discussion: @talkingbiznews and @vb2b
Graham Ruddick / The Guardian:
Facebook launches Online Civil Courage Initiative in UK to fight hate speech and extremist content, will train and support charities and anti-terror groups  —  Firm's Online Civil Courage Initiative, already launched in Germany and France, aims to help charities and NGOs identify and eliminate hate speach
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.
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.
 
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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
Discussion: BGR, Consumerist and TVWeek.com
Abhimanyu Ghoshal / The Next Web:
Yahoo's News Digest app, which delivered news updates twice daily, to shut down June 30
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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
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
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
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