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6:55 PM ET, July 1, 2019


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Andrew Flanagan / NPR:
Big Machine Label Group, Taylor Swift's old label, was sold to a company owned by the manager of Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande; source: deal valued at $300M+  —  The country-pop record company Big Machine Label Group, one of the most successful independent labels in the country …
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Progressive news site ThinkProgress, launched 14 years ago, is put up for sale by the Center for American Progress as it faces falling ad revenue and donations  —  News site launched during the Bush years is running millions of dollars short.  Its parent think tank says it will consider the editorial leanings of prospective owners.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify ends its direct music upload beta program for artists after debuting it last year, saying it would rather focus on features unique to the platform  —  Spotify is shutting down a program that allowed indie artists to upload their own music to the streaming service, the company announced today.
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Nielsen Total Audience Report: 21% of SVOD users give up watching if they can't decide what to watch; the average adult takes 7.4 minutes to make a selection  —  The proliferation of streaming and the novelty of the subscription video on demand interface are contributing …
Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
New WH press secretary Stephanie Grisham was bruised in a scuffle with N. Korean security while helping US media gain access to Trump's meeting with Kim Jong Un  —  New White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was bruised Sunday in a scuffle between North Korean security and members …
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sony's PlayStation Vue raises prices by $5/month for all tiers, bringing the cheapest plan to $50/month, following YouTube TV, which raised prices in April  —  Sony's PlayStation Vue live TV streaming service is joining its rivals with the roll out another price increase.
Alyssa Bereznak / The Ringer:
How TikTok users are supplanting the traditional functions of record labels, like talent scouting and publicity, for new artists  —  Lil Nas X's ‘Old Town Road’ is both a chart-topping phenomenon and a turning point for the music business.  Here's what happens when a social media platform becomes a label.
Discussion: @mediasmarts
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Pluto TV launches Pluto TV Latino, 11 free linear channels, which it says is the biggest collection of Hispanic programming on an ad-supported streaming service  —  Pluto TV is targeting Hispanic audiences — long underserved in the streaming space — with Pluto TV Latino …
Stephania Taladrid / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of Marcela Turati, a Mexican reporter covering the effects of the drug war and a press freedom advocate in a country whose institutions don't defend it  —  In Mexico, a journalist learns to cope with the drug war's horror and heartbreak  —  Marcela Turati drove to Villa Ahumada …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
MobiTV, which enables pay-TV companies to provide streaming video services without a set-top box, raises $50M in funding  —  MobiTV has raised $50 million in funding to expand its pay TV delivery system internationally.  —  Emeryville, California-based MobiTV sells its platform to providers of pay TV …
Sara Jerde / Adweek:
Hearst enters the streaming market with All Out Studio, a fitness app available on Apple TV and mobile on July 11, priced at $100/year or $15/month  —  Hearst Magazines is getting into the SVOD (subscription video on demand) space with a new fitness app, called “All Out Studio.”
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Rita Liao / TechCrunch:
China ordered suspension or termination of 26 audio-focused apps on Friday; Apple restricted access to podcasts not hosted by Chinese partners in June
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A history of The Washington Blade, the oldest surviving LGBTQ newspaper in the US, as it celebrates its 50th anniversary
Nathan Francis / The Inquisitr:
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Connor Mannion / Mediaite:
Quillette editor Andy Ngo beaten, “milkshaked” by Antifa protestors during a rally in Portland