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4:40 PM ET, June 20, 2018

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CNBC:
Walt Disney Company has raised its bid for 21st Century Fox's film and TV assets to $38 a share, up from $28 in December  —  - The new bid rivals Comcast's $35 a share all-cash bid last week, in a deal that would be valued at $65 billion.  — Fox's Rupert Murdoch said in statement …
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Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Disney CEO Bob Iger says Comcast's footprint in the broadband market would be a red flag to regulators looking at 21st Century Fox deal
Discussion: The Ringer and Vanity Fair
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: AT&T plans to acquire Otter Media, the streaming video company it co-owns with The Chernin Group, in a deal expected to close this summer  —  Fresh off its Time Warner acquisition, AT&T has another content deal in the works.  —  AT&T just spent $85 billion on a media company.
Discussion: The Wrap, CNBC and Multichannel News
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram debuts IGTV, a hub for high-profile creators, and says it will begin letting users upload videos up to an hour long, up from previous one minute limit  —  Instagram is ready to compete head on with YouTube.  Today at a flashy event in San Francisco, the company announced …
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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
EU Parliament panel passes copyright measures with final vote to come much later; Article 11 is “link tax”, and Article 13 mandates filtering uploaded content  —  In a key vote this morning the European Parliament's legal affairs committee has backed the two most controversial elements …
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Univision issues statement calling on Democrats and Republicans to end practice of separating children from their parents at the US-Mexico border  —  Univision strongly criticized the Trump administration's policy of separating the families of undocumented migrants at the U.S. border.
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
Dissecting how the US family-separation policy for immigrants became big news after percolating for months as reporters probed and legislators asked questions  —  How the many-chambered heart of the internet turned the Trump administration's family-separation policy into a different kind of scandal.
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
When DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a sheriffs' association, “Don't believe the press”, she was following her boss's lead to discredit the media
Meena Lee / The Idea:
Interview with Medium's VP of editorial, Siobhan O'Connor, formerly executive editor of TIME magazine, on the company's growing editorial team and strategy  —  Formerly the executive editor of TIME Magazine, Siobhan O'Connor came to Medium following Time Inc.'s sale to Meredith in February.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Financial news network Cheddar has acquired free daily newsletter Need2Know, which covers tech, sports, business, and more and has 350K+ subscribers  —  Business news channel Cheddar announced it has acquired Need2Know, a free daily newsletter with more than 350,000 U.S. subscribers covering business …
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Source: Fox News' website is downplaying coverage of child separation at the US-Mexico border because traffic to stories about it has been low  —  With dwindling traffic on child-immigrant stories, the right's most influential news site downplays the issue.
Patricia Hernandez / The Verge:
Theater chain AMC announces AMC Stubs A-List, a MoviePass-like service that lets patrons watch three films a week for $19.95/month  —  It'll be twice as expensive, but it boasts fewer restrictions than MoviePass  —  The largest theater chain in America has announced that it will now offer …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
The Telegraph, Guardian, and News UK announce a digital ad sales venture, The Ozone Project, to launch in fall, giving direct access to over 39.4M users  —  Three leading UK national news publishers have combined forces to create a jointly-owned advertising platform which they hope will build a …
 
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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
German startup Blinkist, which creates abridged versions of non-fiction books, raises $18.8M Series C led by Insight Venture Partners
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Sources: Univision began offering Gizmodo Media Group employees buyouts last week, in a bid to reduce its budget for editorial employees by 15%
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google's Digital News Initiative partners with the UK's Centre for Investigative Journalism to run 20 free workshops on using online tools
Discussion: The Keyword and The Centre for …
The Daily Beast:
About 50 newspaper executives flew in to Washington last week to lobby against newsprint tariffs; 24 senators now co-sponsoring a bill to suspend the tariffs
 Earlier Picks: 
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Ali Watkins deserves a reprimand if she slept with a source, and a second chance, given that male reporters have escaped punishment over the years
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed:
Medium and GitHub scrub posts and database containing ICE employee LinkedIn data citing rules against doxxing; Twitter suspends bot tweeting info from database
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Starz rolls out 14 channels on YouTube TV as a $9 add-on to the $40/month basic package
Alex Heath / Cheddar:
Sources: AT&T in talks to acquire AppNexus, which operates one of the largest independent ad exchanges; source says AppNexus won't sell for less than $2B
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
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