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6:20 AM ET, June 27, 2018


 Top News: 
Selina Wang / Bloomberg:
Twitter to require email or phone number confirmation for new accounts, use ML to take action on spammy accounts, add warning on accounts behaving suspiciously  —  - Platform will require new accounts to confirm email or phone  — Twitter will place warning sign on suspicious accounts
Sridhar Ramaswamy / The Keyword:
Google rebrands AdWords as Google Ads, consolidates enterprise tools as Google Marketing Platform, and unifies publisher monetization tools as Google Ad Manager  —  We launched AdWords nearly 18 years ago with a simple goal—to make it easier for people to connect online with businesses.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Spotify hires Dawn Ostroff as chief content officer, to join in August; Ostroff had been president of Condé Nast Entertainment, the publisher's video studio  —  Spotify has hired Dawn Ostroff, a veteran television and video executive, as its new chief content officer …
Dan Taylor-Watt / About the BBC:
BBC Sounds, an app which brings together BBC radio, music, and podcasts into one place, is now available from Apple, Google, and Amazon app stores  —  Head, BBC iPlayer & BBC Sounds  —  Over the past year or so we've talked a lot about how we need to reinvent the BBC for a new generation.
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Charter Communications announces its first original scripted series, L.A.'s Finest, to be offered to Spectrum cable subscribers in 2019  —  The 13-episode drama will premiere in 2019.  —  It's official: Bad Boys spinoff L.A.'s Finest, starring Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union …
Ben Munson / FierceCable:
Cisco announces it is working with Disney's StudioLAB, an innovation space at its Burbank studios, on remote collaboration, security, and IP-based video tech  —  Cisco is the newest founding member and Innovation Partner for Walt Disney Studio's StudioLAB, an initiative aimed at developing next-generation media and entertainment.
Discussion: Variety and VentureBeat
Trevor Timm / The Intercept:
Reality Winner pleads guilty to violating the Espionage Act, agreeing to 63 months in prison, the longest known term for a violation linked to a media leak  —  Whistleblower Reality Winner entered into a plea deal with the Justice Department on Tuesday, ostensibly putting an end to her case …
Nicole Friedman / Wall Street Journal:
Iowa-based Lee Enterprises will operate BH Media's newspapers under a five-year deal for $5M/year and a cut of earnings over $34M; BH Media CEO to step down  —  Warren Buffett says the challenges to the industry are ‘clear,’ but ‘I believe we can benefit by joining efforts’
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
A look at Facebook's struggle with differentiating between legitimate political campaigns and disinformation ahead of the Mexican election next week  —  — This spring, a doctored image claiming that the wife of the leading Mexican presidential candidate was the granddaughter …
Keach Hagey / Hollywood Reporter:
Excerpt of new Sumner Redstone biography, detailing the Redstone and Philippe Dauman meeting that set in motion the fight for Redstone's empire after his death  —  ‘The King of Content,’ a new biography of the 95-year-old media mogul, shows how Redstone turned a small theater chain into the CBS …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Sony is shutting down Sony Crackle, its ad-supported video service, in Canada on June 28  —  Sony Pictures is shuttering Sony Crackle in Canada: The ad-supported video service will be closing its doors in Canada on June 28.  Crackle Canada has been telling consumers about the closure …
Discussion: Tubefilter
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Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Dan Ingram, a popular disc jockey who worked at New York radio stations for around four decades, died Sunday aged 83
Discussion: NPR and Radio & Television …
Marlee Baldridge / Nieman Lab:
The MIT Technology Review has rebranded its design and print edition, which will now focus on one subject per issue, like blockchain
Discussion: @glichfield and Talking Biz News
Tina Dyakon / Poynter:
Barbara Allen, director of student media at Oklahoma State University, has been named Poynter's managing editor, effective from 16 July
Sean Burch / The Wrap:
Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company decided to rely on human editors to curate Apple News, over algorithms, because “news was kind of going a little crazy”
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Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
A look at News Revenue Hub, an organization that facilitates memberships for more than 20 journalism organizations
James and Deborah Fallows have signed a deal with HBO to turn their new book “Our Towns” into a TV series, with plans to broadcast it in 2019
Discussion: Bloomberg