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3:20 PM ET, June 21, 2018

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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 …
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  —  This morning, Splinter published the personal cell phone number of White House adviser Stephen Miller, an official so monstrous …
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.
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: Talking Biz News and @jaxalemany
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 …
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 …
Jack Morse / Mashable:
Facebook blocks news about policy at a detention center for immigrant children from being boosted with an ad buy, under the cover of “political ads” policy  —  Having missed the boat completely on fake news, Facebook appears to now be dropping the hammer on the real stuff.
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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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
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: prosecutors have subpoenaed National Enquirer publisher American Media for records of its 2016 payment to Karen McDougal as part of Michael Cohen probe
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Taiwan-based news startup The News Lens says it raised a $3M-$4M Series C to finance its international expansion and has 9M unique monthly readers
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
Discussion: Adweek, GroupM and Editor & Publisher
 Earlier Picks: 
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
ABC News apologizes after showing a chyron for about five seconds falsely stating Paul Manafort had pleaded guilty to manslaughter
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
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