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1:40 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 …
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
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.
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
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  —  AT&T is in talks to acquire the advertising company AppNexus, Cheddar has learned.  —  Privately-held AppNexus operates …
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.
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  —  Why shouldn't reporters have sex with the people they cover?  —  The answer, everybody will tell you, is orgasmically obvious …
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 …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
EU Parliament committee votes for tougher copyright rules that could force tech firms to bear liability for copyright infringement in user generated content  —  In a key vote this morning the European Parliament's legal affairs committee has backed the two most controversial elements …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches Brand Collabs search engine to connect brands and creators for sponsoring and product placement deals; Facebook is not currently taking a cut  —  Facebook wants to help connect brands to creators so they can work out sponsored content and product placement deals, even if it won't be taking a cut.
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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
 
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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
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
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Starz rolls out 14 channels on YouTube TV as a $9 add-on to the $40/month basic package
Pew Research Center:
Study: US adults who are politically aware, digitally savvy, and trust reporting are more likely to identify factual statements in media
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
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