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5:55 PM ET, June 21, 2018

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Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Wordpress.com owner Automattic buys technology and publishing company Atavist, a deal that includes its CMS, customer base, and the Atavist Magazine  —  Automattic's deal for Atavist will expand the suite of subscription and membership tools it has to offer
Tessa Lyons / Facebook:
Facebook announces updates in effort to fight false news: using more machine learning, expanding fact-checking partnerships, using Claim Review framework, more  —  Over the last year and half, we have been committed to fighting false news through a combination of technology and human review …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter has made a somewhat miraculous comeback in the past two years, with rising revenue and MAUs, due to luck and a focus on news and premium video  —  A bird emerges from the ashes.  —  Two years ago, people were writing eulogies for Twitter.  —  Rudderless and without product direction …
Brent Lang / Variety:
SEC filing: MoviePass parent Helios and Matheson Analytics plans to raise up to $164M through a bond sale and by issuing 20K+ shares  —  MoviePass's parent company has launched a $164 million bond sale as the struggling subscription service tries to find ways to stay afloat and boost its dwindling stock price.
NBC News:
Thomson Reuters Special Services signed a $6.8M ICE contract in March; spokesperson says news gathering unit is independent of other commercial contracts  —  The contracts highlight how technology companies are putting their innovations to work with the U.S. government in ways that are often not visible to the public.
Discussion: @jaxalemany and Talking Biz News
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
MTV launches MTV Studios, which will reboot and reimagine past shows and franchises like Daria and The Real World to shop them to outside networks and streamers  —  Network president Chris McCarthy wants to mine the youth-focused cable network's vault to revive old hits …
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times adds Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, as a columnist for its opinion pages starting September  —  Today The New York Times announced that Michelle Alexander will join the Opinion pages as a columnist in September.  —  James Bennet, New York Times editorial page editor …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
AT&T unveils 31 TV networks offered in its WatchTV streaming service, which is launching next week for $15/month and is also included in two wireless plans  —  AT&T announced the launch of its new internet service Watch TV Thursday, revealing both the TV networks included in the service …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook begins letting Group admins test a feature that charges members $4.99 to $29.99 per month for access to exclusive sub-groups  —  Facebook is starting to let Group admins charge $4.99 to $29.99 per month for access to special sub-Groups full of exclusive posts.
Lea Trusty / The Engaged Journalism Lab:
Research finds gaps in philanthropic support for newsroom diversity, with fewer and smaller grants for ethnic and racial groups, women, and LGBTQI populations  —  New research released today by Democracy Fund traces half a decade of philanthropic investment in organizations, programming …
Discussion: DemocracyFund
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Nathan Fuller / Courage Foundation:
Reality Winner, accused of leaking to The Intercept, takes plea deal after being held for a year on Espionage Act charge; hearing planned for Tuesday
Pam Vogel / Media Matters for America:
Sinclair's Epshteyn praises Trump for signing family-separation executive order “on his own”, blames Congress for holes in immigration law in must-run TV spot
Jeff Baumgartner / Multichannel News:
T-Mobile says its deal with Sprint will create a “truly competitive” national pay TV service with lower programming rates, and more affordable video services
Discussion: Adweek
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Katherine Krueger / Splinter:
Twitter temporarily suspended some accounts that simply linked to a Splinter post that shared a phone number for White House adviser Stephen Miller
Kevin Loker / Trust, Media and Democracy:
Media Insight Project study: about a third of people in US personally know a journalist or have been interviewed; 80% of those interviewed say coverage was fair