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9:55 AM ET, June 7, 2021


 Top News: 
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
DOJ says it will no longer “seek compulsory legal process in leak investigations to obtain source information from members of the news media doing their jobs”  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Saturday that it no longer will secretly obtain reporters' records …
New York Times:
DOJ obtained a gag order, under Trump and continuing under Biden, preventing NYT execs from disclosing efforts to seize reporters' records even to Dean Baquet  —  A push by prosecutors to secretly seize data about four Times reporters' emails began in the Trump administration and continued under Biden.
Kristine Phillips / USA Today:
The FBI has dropped a subpoena for USA Today records identifying readers of a story on a Florida shooting, after investigators found the suspect via other means  —  WASHINGTON - The FBI has withdrawn a subpoena demanding records from USA TODAY that would identify readers of a February story …
New York Times:
Analysis of Trump's social media engagement before and after bans shows a significant drop but some posts still receive equal engagement due to amplification  —  When Facebook and Twitter barred Donald J. Trump from their platforms after the Capitol riot in January, he lost direct access to his most powerful megaphones.
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
How some watchdog blogs blur the line between PR and journalism: Checks and Balances Project shares a founder with a PR firm and received a grant from Airbnb  —  At first glance, Checks and Balances Project looks like a traditional if scrappy news site — an “investigative watchdog blog,” …
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
Researcher: Twitter Super Follow to be limited to users over 18, with 25+ tweets posted in the last 30 days and 10K+ followers; categories include adult content  —  The company teased the Patreon-like subscription service earlier this year  —  Twitter announced earlier this year it was working …
Mark Jacob / Local News Initiative:
Local news apps remain a niche product but outlets are pushing to improve them, touting them as a better customer experience that boosts engagement and loyalty  —  Local news organizations are working hard to improve their news apps and get readers to download them, touting …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Walmart launches two onn-branded Android TV devices, a TV streaming stick for $25 and a 4K streaming device for $30  —  Walmart accidentally scooped itself by publishing product listings for its own, onn-branded, low-cost Android TV streaming stick to the website ahead of its formal launch …
Timothy B. Lee / Rethinking News:
Blogging's more social and ephemeral aspects have largely migrated to Twitter, which has become a key way for writers to build audiences to sell newsletters to  —  We didn't stop blogging.  We just do it 280 characters at a time now.  —  I owe my journalism career to blogging.
Daniel Politi / Slate:
Fox News and CNN decided not to broadcast Trump's recent speech live, his first major speech since February, with Fox News airing a pre-taped Watters World show  —  Former President Donald Trump made a return to the political arena Saturday night with a speech at the North Carolina Republican Party State Convention in Greenville.
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and Mediaite
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
YouGov survey of ~2,000 UK adults shows 10% would be willing to pay to read online news articles, 47% for movies and TV, and 33% for music  —  Six in ten in the UK are now willing to pay for online content with 10% saying they would pay to read online news articles, according to new research.
Discussion: @raju
Eduardo Suárez / Reuters Institute:
Q&A with Brazilian journalist Patrícia Campos Mello on social media and authoritarianism, COVID disinformation, and online harassment  —  Brazilian journalist Patrícia Campos Mello discusses journalism and online harassment ahead of Reuters Memorial Lecture on 8 June 2021
The Daily Beast:
The NewsGuild of New York has revised a plan to increase dues, making the move temporary for three years, after opposition from some NYT and Reuters members  —  A contingent of Times journos, including many Pulitzer winners, has stood in opposition to the NewsGuild's proposed dues hike.
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
YouTube brings Shorts, its TikTok rival, to the UK, Canada, and Latin America, letting users pick soundtracks from YouTube videos and 250 licensed labels
Discussion: Pocket-lint and The Verge
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
France's competition authority says Google agreed to pay a fine of nearly $270M and promised to make it easier for competitors to use its ad tools
Jem Aswad / Variety:
How music publishing companies plan to maximize the value of their recently acquired multi-million-dollar song catalogs, as the value of copyrights soar
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Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Profile of Reuters' new executive editor Gina Chua, who is now one of the most senior transgender journalists in the US after transitioning during lockdowns
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Sources: Facebook plans to launch Bulletin, its Substack clone, at the end of June; it will live outside Facebook in part to evade Apple and Google's 30% fees
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
Live streams for Cox radio and TV stations were down on Thursday, sources say due to a ransomware attack
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