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7:55 PM ET, June 29, 2020

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New York Times:
The New York Times pulls its stories from Apple News, saying the service does not align with its strategy of building direct relationships with paying readers  —  The Times said Apple News did not align with its strategy of building direct relationships with paying readers.
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Ina Fried / Axios:
Memo: Microsoft suspended its ads on Facebook and Instagram in the US in May and has since expanded the pause globally, over concerns of “inappropriate content”  —  Microsoft suspended its advertising on Facebook and Instagram in the U.S. in May and recently expanded that to a global pause …
Brian Fung / CNN:
With top 100 brands contributing only an estimated 6% of Facebook's revenue and Zuckerberg's voting control over the company, ad boycott's impact may be limited
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube bans six channels, including those of white supremacists Stefan Molyneux, David Duke, and Richard Spencer, for violating its hate speech policies  —  Bans come after YouTube's 2019 policy update  —  YouTube has banned several prominent white supremacist channels …
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Sources: CNN's Van Jones helped craft Trump's executive order on police reform; Jones appeared on CNN to praise the EO without disclosing his work  —  The ex-Obama aide's willingness to help Trump—whom he once dubbed among the “worst people ever born”—has drawn the ire of liberal allies while gaining him fans in Jared and Kimye.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Sources: some nonprofit journalism leaders are considering a bid for all of McClatchy, which would create the first major nonprofit newspaper chain in the US  —  The next 48 hours may decide the fate of two of America's largest newspaper chains that collectively serve almost a fifth of all American local newspaper readers.
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
In an internal FAQ, WarnerMedia leadership told staffers that the CNN Center in Atlanta will be sold, but some operations will remain in Atlanta  —  WarnerMedia leadership told staffers Monday that the CNN Center in Atlanta will be sold, downplaying questions about whether the move signals impending layoffs.
Discussion: TVNewser, Variety and @ellefs0n
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Twitch temporarily bans President Trump for “hateful conduct” that was aired on stream, noting it does not make exceptions for “political or newsworthy content”  —  A temporary suspension for hateful conduct  —  Twitch has temporarily banned President Donald Trump …
Greg Dool / Folio:
Stuart Emmrich to step down as editor of Vogue.com; the former NYT Styles editor is stepping down less than a year after taking on the role  —  The former New York Times Styles editor is stepping down less than a year after taking on the role, but will remain involved with the magazine.
Queen Muse / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox Sports ends its $1.1B 12-year US Open contract with USGA, which began in 2015, with NBC taking over; source says NBCU deal is a little more than $37M/year  —  A bad swing for golf has led Fox Sports to drop its potentially lucrative rights deal with the U.S. Golf Association, which is transferring to NBCUniversal.
Brent Lang / Variety:
AMC Theatres delays the reopening of 450 US locations from July 15 to July 30, and says it hopes to be fully operational by early August  —  AMC Theatres, the world's largest exhibition chain, is pushing back its reopening by two weeks.  —  The move comes as coronavirus rates continue …
Discussion: /Film and The Wrap
Scott Feinberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Film Academy grants agents, who have long been classified as associate members without voting privileges, the right to vote for Oscars  —  Agents, who had long been classified as associate members without voting privileges, have prevailed in their decades-long quest to become full-fledged members.
 
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
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Shawn W. Crispin / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Q&A with Regina Reyes, head of news for the Philippines' ABS-CBN network, on its ability to cover the news since the May 5 government order to shut down
Rebecca Heilweil / Vox:
Despite Facebook's ban of Natural News, it continues to spread misinformation on the platform via a network of sites that only get removed after spammy behavior
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Writer and podcast host Derek Hunter leaves The Daily Caller after Jack Abramoff's indictment suggested Hunter was paid to promote AML Bitcoin; Hunter denies it
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Sources: WaPo's top editor Martin Baron intervened to kill a story by Bob Woodward that would have outed Brett Kavanaugh as a source in one of Woodward's books