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1:25 PM ET, June 24, 2020

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Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Ben & Jerry's, Eddie Bauer, and Magnolia Pictures join Patagonia, REI, and others suspending Facebook ads in July to protest amplification of hate speech  —  Eddie Bauer, Magnolia Pictures, Ben & Jerry's and others have suspended campaigns over the platform's content moderation practices.
Pranshu Verma / New York Times:
A lawsuit, filed on behalf of the Open Technology Fund, argues dismissal of heads of OTF and four outlets by Global Media's new CEO Michael Pack was unlawful  —  The suit is the first legal action taken against Michael Pack after he fired the heads of the technology organization and four journalism outlets under his purview last week.
Discussion: NPR and Letters from an American
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Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Open Technology Fund, the US digital speech advocate that funded Signal and falls under the US Agency for Global Media, faces turmoil amid leadership turnover  —  'There are so many countries and individuals who need this support right now,' says former OTF president
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Bauer Media is shutting down a few titles in the UK, merging its two golf magazines, and is in advanced stages of negotiations to sell five titles  —  Magazine publisher Bauer is closing a number of titles as part of a review to “protect the long-term health” the business.
Discussion: @pressgazette
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Ex-Sunday Times editor Martin Ives named new editor of Times Literary Supplement; Stig Abell named exec editor at News UK's radio and podcast division Wireless  —  Stig Abell is stepping down as editor of the Times Literary Supplement after four years to take up a new role of executive editor …
Discussion: Bookseller News
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Source: Amazon is “actively pursuing” licensing deals to add live and linear TV to complement its Prime Video offerings  —  Amazon is looking to add 24/7 live programming to its Prime Video service, according to multiple job listings posted over the past several weeks.
Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
Sources: Howard Mittman was forced out as CEO of Bleacher Report after employees complained about the lack of diversity at the company's executive level  —  Howard Mittman was forced out as CEO of Bleacher Report after employees passionately objected to the lack of diversity at the company's executive level …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Wondery has launched a free app for iOS with original podcasts supported by ads, and an ad-free version, Wondery Plus, for $4.99/mo; Android version will follow  —  Streaming-Video Subscriptions Have Risen During COVID-19 — but So Has ‘Subscription Fatigue,’ Study Finds
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
WarnerMedia and iHeartMedia sign a deal to co-produce a slate of companion podcasts for HBO Max shows, which will be available to stream on the HBO Max app  —  Comedy ‘Search Party’ and sci-fi drama ‘Raised by Wolves’ are the first TV series to get companion podcasts.
Discussion: The Streamable and Variety
Erik Pedersen / Deadline:
Conan Doyle Estate sues Netflix, alleging copyright infringement and trademark violations ahead of release of Enola Holmes, a film about Sherlock Holmes' sister  —  The movie stars Millie Bobby Brown as the much-younger sister of Sherlock Holmes, who proves to be a highly capable detective in her own right.
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
 
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Source: Trump's younger brother is seeking a temporary restraining order to block publication of a book due out July 28 by the president's niece, Mary L. Trump
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Scott Alexander / Slate Star Codex:
A pseudonymous blogger behind Slate Star Codex is deleting the blog after an NYT reporter said he knew his name and planned to publish it due to NYT policy
Kevin M. Lerner / The Conversation:
While NYT's move online enabled increased op-ed page output, opinion and news stories look similar on the site and many casual readers can't tell the difference
Anthony Pesce / L.A. Times Guild:
LAT union's Black caucus demands management commit to hiring at least 18 Black journalists over 3 years, fix pay gap, engage with communities of color, and more
Wesley Lowery / New York Times:
Not only is “objective neutral” journalism predicated on a white perspective, it deprives readers of plainly stated facts for fear of accusations of partiality
Max Cohen / Politico:
During a press call meant to highlight press freedom on Monday, the State Dept. muted the phone line of a Reuters reporter after he asked about Bolton's book