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11:45 AM ET, June 27, 2018


 Top News: 
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.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Business Insider Senior Correspondent Steve Kovach is joining CNBC as technology editor  — managing editor Jeffrey McCracken sent out the following announcement on Wednesday morning:
Discussion: @oliverdarcy and @stevekovach
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
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Facebook says users who saw subscription offers from news publishers inside Instant Articles were 17% more likely to subscribe than those who saw mobile links  —  Eight months after Facebook started testing subscription sales within news publishers' Instant Articles pages …
Discussion: @lmoses
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 …
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.
Roberto Lovato / Columbia Journalism Review:
News outlets have covered the child separation crisis at the border as if it's a new scandal, failed to quote experts, and reported stories without context  —  Central American asylum seekers wait as U.S. Border Patrol agents take them into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas.
Discussion: iMediaEthics and ThinkProgress
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 …
Graham Rapier / Business Insider:
Netflix's growth has slowed, but analysts say it could reach 90M domestic subscribers in the next decade; shares have risen 97% since start of 2018  —  - Netflix could reach 90 million US subscribers within 10 years, Bernstein estimates.  — The streaming giant currently …
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
Wall Street Journal:
Source: Comcast is exploring tie-ups with private equity firms or strategic partners to get access to capital in case bids for Fox assets reach $90B  —  Company looks to private-equity investors, strategic partners  —  Comcast Corp. CMCSA -1.03% is exploring tie-ups with private-equity investors …
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 …
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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
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
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Sony is shutting down Sony Crackle, its ad-supported video service, in Canada on June 28
Discussion: Tubefilter
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
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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
Tina Dyakon / Poynter:
Barbara Allen, director of student media at Oklahoma State University, has been named Poynter's managing editor, effective from 16 July