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6:10 PM ET, June 19, 2018

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Daniel Holloway / Variety:
Modern Family's Steve Levitan revises statement about not re-upping with Fox, says he'll “take some time” to see where studio executives land after Fox sale  —  “Modern Family” co-creator Steve Levitan reversed course Tuesday after initially saying he would leave Fox …
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Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Modern Family co-creator Steve Levitan says he will not be re-upping his contract with 20th Century Fox TV due to the studio's ties with Fox News  —  UPDATED with Levitan's statement: After Steve Levitan tweeted last night that he was “disgusted” to work for Fox following a controversial statement …
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Days after criticizing Fox News' Tucker Carlson, Seth MacFarlane donates $2M to NPR and $500K to NPR member station KPCC in Los Angeles  —  EXCLUSIVE: Days after Seth MacFarlane's outrage over Fox News host Tucker Carlson's suggestion that viewers should discount any other media besides Fox News ignited …
Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
NYT agreed not to use audio recordings of an on-the-record interview with Trump advisor Stephen Miller for its podcast The Daily after the White House objected  —  As the immigration crisis rages on, a key adviser's voice has been hushed.  —  Bowing to pressure from the White House …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook debuts game-show platform that lets creators add quizzes, polls, and more to live and on-demand video; Facebook tests ability to award prize money  —  Rather than build its own HQ trivia competitor, Facebook is launching a gameshow platform.  Today the company announced a new set …
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Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Facebook says it's opening Watch to more types of content, including non-episodic long-form, in bid to capture YouTube stars, and is adding polls, quizzes, more
K.G Orphanides / WIRED UK:
An overview of the EU's proposed new copyright law that will require internet platforms to automatically filter uploaded content, ahead of Wednesday's vote  —  A proposed new European copyright law could make memes illegal and threaten the future of the internet as we know it.  Time to panic?
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Vox Media is folding Racked, the retail and fashion site it acquired in 2013, into a vertical within the Vox website called The Goods  —  Racked, the retail website that was acquired by Vox Media in 2013, is going to be converted from a standalone website into a vertical that will live within Vox (the website), Axios has learned.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Antitrust experts argue several major acquisitions have given Facebook and Google dominance over the ad market, with the DoJ failing to regulate them  —  Several major acquisitions have helped Google and Facebook on their way to unprecedented dominance over the advertising supply chain …
Discussion: @baekdal
Pew Research Center:
Study: US adults who are politically aware, digitally savvy, and trust reporting are more likely to identify factual statements in media  —  The politically aware, digitally savvy and those more trusting of the news media fare better; Republicans and Democrats both influenced by political appeal of statements
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
UK has indicated it's ready to approve 21st Century Fox's purchase of Sky, after Disney promised to commit $2B to Sky's annual budget over 15 years  —  The U.K. is ready to clear 21st Century Fox's bid for full ownership of Sky after public input on the proposed sale of the news network.
Discussion: Press Gazette and The Wrap
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix signs first European overall deal with creators of breakout hit “Dark”, Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar, similar to deals with Rhimes and Murphy  —  German duo Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar will create new projects for the streaming giant.  —  Netflix is rewarding the creators of German drama Dark.
Discussion: Decider
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
IAB study: 65% of viewers said they intend to watch the World Cup via livestream, versus just 71% who said they would view it on television  —  In both the U.S. and China, more people say they'll watch matches via live video online than via terrestrial, cable, or satellite television.
Michael R. Blood / Associated Press:
Former Mexico President Vicente Fox joins the board of cannabis publication High Times  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Mexico President Vicente Fox, who calls himself a soldier in the global campaign to legalize marijuana, is joining the board of directors of venerable cannabis publication High Times to advance his agenda.
Discussion: The Wrap
 
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Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Speaking at Cannes, New York Times CEO Mark Thompson praised Google for listening to the paper's concerns but said Facebook was “difficult”
Discussion: @bmorrissey
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
BBC's Director of Education and Radio James Purnell says the corporation faces an existential threat from Netflix and Spotify, must reach younger listeners
Nieman Lab:
An open letter to the international journalism community, after the head of Portuguese press association forcibly kissed a woman onstage at WAN-IFRA congress
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Jason Cherkis / HuffPost:
A look at Chickfactor, a print zine with sporadic, limited circulation which helped shape the indie pop scene and put bands like Belle and Sebastian on the map
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
The Daily Mail names former Fox News Digital EIC Noah Kotch EIC of DailyMail.com and MailOnline
Discussion: @jimwaterson
 

 
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Katharine Gemmell / Bloomberg:
The UK CMA says Microsoft's revised offer to acquire Activision, which includes selling some gaming rights to Ubisoft, appears to address its concerns

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Apple releases emergency updates for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS to patch three new zero-day vulnerabilities, for a total of 16 zero-days fixed in 2023

Jay Peters / The Verge:
X plans to deprecate Circles on October 31, 2023; users will not be able to create new posts nor add people to their Circle but will be able to remove people

 
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