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1:30 AM ET, July 2, 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 …
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 …
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.
Nathan Francis / The Inquisitr:
Canadian political cartoonist Michael de Adder dropped from a series of newspapers after his cartoon depicting Donald Trump and dead migrants went viral  —  Political cartoonist Michael de Adder has been dropped from a series of newspapers after his cartoon depicting Donald Trump stepping …
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 …
Connor Mannion / Mediaite:
Quillette editor Andy Ngo beaten, “milkshaked” by Antifa protestors during a rally in Portland  —  Quillette editor Andy Ngo was beaten up and had milkshakes thrown at him by Antifa protestors during a rally in Portland. … The video from Oregonian reporter Jim Ryan appears …
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Kali Hays / WWD:
Wirecutter EIC Ben Frumin wants the site to add more editorial-like content and expand into new product areas like privacy and data, style and beauty, more  —  With a new deputy in place, editor in chief Ben Frumin has sights set on expanding Wirecutter's audience.  —  Wirecutter's electronics recommendations homepage.
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.”
Bain Capital is in exclusive talks to buy a majority stake in ad giant WPP's Kantar unit in a deal valuing Kantar at about $4B, including debt  —  - Negotiations value Kantar research unit at about $4 billion  — Advertising giant confirms talks reported by Bloomberg earlier
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