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2:20 PM ET, June 25, 2018


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AT&T confirms it will buy AppNexus, which operates one of the largest independent ad exchanges  —  (Reuters) - AT&T Inc (T.N) said on Monday it would buy online advertisement exchange company AppNexus Inc, less than a month after the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier closed its $85 billion deal …
New York Times:
Interviews with about three dozen friends and colleagues of Ali Watkins and James Wolfe reveal tough ethical questions and ongoing concerns over records seizure  —  The pearl bracelet arrived in May 2014, in the spring of Ali Watkins's senior year in college, a graduation gift from a man many years her senior.
Raycom Media-owned local newspaper chain CNHI to explore sale of newspapers in 22 states after Raycom agreed to Gray Television group acquisition  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. - CNHI, LLC, one of the country's leading providers of local news and information, said Monday it is exploring the sale of its newspaper properties in 22 states.
Munsif Vengattil / Reuters:
Gray Television to buy Raycom Media in a cash and stock deal worth $3.65B; combined company will have 142 stations in 92 markets and reach ~24% of US households  —  (Reuters) - Gray Television Inc (GTN.N) said on Monday it would buy privately held rival broadcaster Raycom Media Inc in a cash …
Apple is launching a new 2018 Midterm Elections section in Apple News, offering exclusive features from Washington Post, Axios, and Politico  —  An Easy Way to Follow the Elections, With Reporting From Trusted Sources Curated by Apple News Editors  —  Cupertino, California …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Hearst Magazines President David Carey is stepping down from the role before the end of the year but will serve as chairman through 2019  —  ‘Eight or nine years is the right tenure,’ said David Carey, who has led publisher of titles including Cosmopolitan and Elle since 2010
Discussion: Adweek, MediaPost and Folio
David Beard / Poynter:
When Reveal tried promoting a story about a migrant center housing children on Facebook, Facebook labeled it a political ad and required Reveal to be registered  —  The Poynter Institute's Morning Mediawire breaks down and delivers the most important stories you need to start your day.
Discussion: The Texas Tribune
Stewart Clarke / Variety:
Discovery and German TV giant ProSiebenSat.1 have invited German broadcasters to join their new streaming service and compete with Netflix  —  Discovery and German TV giant ProSiebenSat.1 are pushing further into OTT, expanding their joint streaming service and targeting 10 million users within two years.
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Danah Boyd / Medium:
Rebuilding trust in US journalism lies in creating business models that allow local journalism to profit without ROI pressure and are driven by social benefits  —  Loading...  30:58  —  For the second time in a week, my phone buzzed with a New York Times alert, notifying me that another celebrity had died by suicide.
The Guardian:
Brexit donor Arron Banks discussed using private investigators to dig up personal info on then BBC Newsnight Editor Ian Katz following story about his finances  —  Donor to Leave.EU campaign ‘wanted to find personal stuff’ on BBC Newsnight editor  —  Arron Banks, who funded Nigel Farage's …
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Thomas Claburn / The Register:
Microsoft and Ernst & Young announce blockchain-based content rights and royalties management network, first to be deployed for Microsoft's gaming partners
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Study: 8% of UK mobile sessions detected ad blockers, 5% in US, 13% in Germany; Le Monde says 20% of mobile sessions use ad blockers, a rate similar to desktop
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Shira Ovide / Bloomberg:
Instagram's IGTV had a chance to learn from the embarrassments of YouTube and Facebook, like conspiracy videos, but seems to have largely ignored the lessons
Amazon's FreeTime Unlimited, a $2.99/month subscription service of curated content for kids, launches on iOS