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9:45 AM ET, June 4, 2021

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Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
EU and UK regulators coordinate to open antitrust investigations into Facebook's classified ad service Marketplace; UK is also probing Facebook Dating  —  Investigations into classified-ads service Marketplace ramp up regulatory scrutiny on the company in Europe
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Sources: Facebook plans to end its controversial policy that shields politicians from the content moderation rules that apply to other users  —  Going forward politicians will be treated more like everyone else  —  Facebook plans to end its controversial policy that shields politicians …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Stratechery's Ben Thompson announces a service called Passport to let creators manage their subscriptions and communicate with subscribers  —  Seven years ago, when I initially launched the paid Daily Update, there weren't really any tools designed for independent subscription businesses …
David Mack / BuzzFeed News:
Former Treasury official is sentenced to 6 months in prison after admitting she leaked documents to BuzzFeed News; the docs formed the basis of the FinCEN Files  —  A former Treasury Department official was sentenced to six months in prison on Thursday after she admitted …
Neal Rothschild / Axios:
NewsWhip: Trump's now closed blog generated engagement roughly on par with the top posts from mid-market local newspapers  —  The shutdown acknowledged the flawed assumption that if you build it, they will come.
Bloomberg:
Germany's antitrust regulator says it will probe Google News Showcase to check if Google's terms offer “unreasonable conditions” to publishers  —  - Cartel office has opened multiple probes in recent weeks  — Regulator is wielding new powers to take on U.S. tech giants
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Twitter launches its subscription service Twitter Blue on iOS in Canada and Australia for CAD$3.49 and A$4.49/month, with Undo Tweet, Bookmark Folders, more  —  - Twitter Blue is designed for power users who are willing to pay a monthly fee for exclusive features.
Ashley Cullins / Hollywood Reporter:
Spotify's Discovery Mode, which lets artists and labels take lower royalty rates in exchange for higher priority in algorithms, gets scrutiny from Congress  —  Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Hank Johnson Jr. (D-GA) are concerned the feature could lead to lower pay for artists and fewer choices for consumers.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
HBO Max head Andy Forssell says news and sports may require new formats on the service and WarnerMedia is weighing whether CNN content can be part of HBO Max  —  News and sports programming are a significant factor in keeping consumers tethered to cable and satellite subscriptions in an era rife …
 
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Taraneh Azar / Poynter:
Visual journalists must rethink their ethical obligations to protesters, who are vulnerable groups, and need to ask for consent to photograph and publish images
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Trump shutting down his blog shows the significance of social media platforms' amplification mechanics and how they give free and huge reach to the worst actors
Columbia Journalism Review:
30+ newsrooms have signed a Climate Emergency Statement recognizing the need for better climate coverage, but some outlets fear the phrase sounds like activism
New York Times:
In 2020, Trump's DOJ secretly seized phone records from 2017 of four NYT reporters: Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eric Lichtblau, and Michael S. Schmidt