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9:00 AM ET, June 19, 2019


 Top News: 
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Spotify says Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency, launching in 2020, will help subscription services by reducing payment friction and opening new markets  —  When Facebook officially announced its plans for a new cryptocurrency called Libra Tuesday, it also revealed that Spotify was part …
BuzzFeed News:
Marcus Epstein, a former contributor to VDare with other white nationalist ties, has been writing opinion pieces for WSJ, National Review, The Hill, and others  —  A former Republican operative notorious for his connections to white nationalists has established himself as an opinion contributor …
The Guardian:
UN report: Mohammed bin Salman should be investigated for the extrajudicial murder of Jamal Khashoggi for which there is “credible evidence” he is liable  —  Mohammed bin Salman should be investigated over journalist's murder, says report  —  The crown prince of Saudi Arabia …
Geneva Sands / CNN:
Katharine Gorka is expected to be named press secretary of Customs and Border Protection; previous press secretary left in March  —  Washington (CNN)Katharine Gorka, a political appointee at the Department of Homeland Security who has stirred controversy for her views on terrorism and her role …
Jon Harris / Morning Call:
MediaNews Group will cut 81 positions, or one-third of the 221 employees from the Reading Eagle Co, one month after it bought the 150-year-old PA publisher  —  MediaNews Group, a chain known for aggressively snapping up newspapers and implementing cost reductions, has informed Pennsylvania …
Patrick Coffee / Adweek:
Advertisers, agencies, and social platforms form the Global Alliance for Responsible Media, a coalition to develop methods for protecting brands and consumers  —  Google, Facebook team up with agencies and advertisers for the Global Alliance for Responsible Media
Tatiana Cirisano / Billboard:
Wixen sues Pandora for alleged copyright infringement, claims it displayed lyrics without authorization; Spotify settled a $1.6B suit brought by Wixen last year  —  Music publisher Wixen says Pandora is “willful and deliberate” in using unlicensed song lyrics on the platform.
Discussion: The Verge and Techdirt
Amy Zimmerman / The Daily Beast:
Eight women accuse Max Landis, the “Bright” screenwriter and son of director John Landis, of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse  —  Eight accusers have come forward against the ‘Bright’ screenwriter and Hollywood scion alleging a pattern of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse that spans a decade.
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In mainland China, the Hong Kong protests are scrubbed from search engine results and social networks, while state media blames the movement on US interference
Discussion: Fox News and Slate
Jeanine Poggi / Ad Age:
Comcast joins Cox and Charter in urging the TV industry to expand addressable advertising, the ability for marketers to deliver ads at the household level
Discussion: Multichannel News and MediaPost
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Orlando Sentinel:
Orlando Sentinel announces 17 months before the presidential election that it will not endorse Trump, citing his “successful assault on truth”
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Twitch has acquired social networking platform Bebo, source says for $25M, to bolster its esports business
Wendy Lee / Los Angeles Times:
Sources: Amazon is pulling back from producing new original animated kids programming, opting instead for family-friendly shows and young adult content
Discussion: Decider
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Federal jury orders VidAngel, a streaming service that filters out offensive material, to pay $62.4M to Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros. for copyright infringement
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: AT&T's WarnerMedia nears a deal with production company Bad Robot, run by J.J. Abrams and Katie McGrath, estimated to be valued at $500M