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4:35 PM ET, June 15, 2021

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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Andreessen Horowitz launches Future, a media property that will focus on informational and editorial content created by full-time staff and outside contributors  —  Today, venture firm Andreessen Horowitz is officially launching its media property, called Future.
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
AG Merrick Garland met off-the-record with execs from WaPo, CNN, and NYT on Monday, after saying he would tighten DOJ policies on obtaining reporters' records  —  Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday said he would tighten Justice Department's policies on obtaining records from lawmakers and reporters …
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Politico editor Carrie Budoff Brown to join NBC as a high-level executive overseeing Meet the Press' franchise of newsletters, streaming, and podcasts  —  Politico's top editor Carrie Budoff Brown is joining NBC in a high-level executive position at the network that includes overseeing the …
Kate Kaye / Digiday:
Analysis: Amazon's properties, including Amazon.com, WholeFoods.com, and Zappos.com, are blocking Google's new FLoC tracking system from gathering data  —  Amazon is blocking Google's controversial cookieless tracking and targeting method.  —  Most of Amazon's properties including Amazon.com …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple Podcasts Subscriptions go live globally, letting subscribers unlock additional benefits; Apple takes a 30% cut in the first year and 15% in the second  —  Apple Podcasts Subscriptions are now live across more than 170 countries and regions, Apple announced this morning.
Politico:
Despite Trump's claim to have rejected offers from two “prestigious” publishing houses, sources at the top five publishers are unaware of any such deal offers  —  The former president insists he has offers from two of the “most prestigious publishing houses.”  None of the major five said they extended one.
Christopher Palmeri / Bloomberg:
Fox Corp. creates a $100M creators fund for the NFT market, as part of a broader effort that includes Blockchain Creative Labs, a new business unit to sell NFTs  —  - New blockchain unit will sell and manage digital goods  — Dan Harmon's ‘Krapopolis’ animated show is first project
Barney Davis / London Evening Standard:
BBC Newsnight political editor Nicholas Watt was heckled and chased by anti-lockdown protesters in London; police say they are investigating the incident  —  NEWS UK  —  BBC journalist Nicholas Watt chased and abused by anti-lockdown protesters … senior BBC journalist was chased by a mob …
Miriam Gottfried / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: private equity firm Platinum Equity plans to buy textbook publisher McGraw Hill from Apollo Global Management in a deal valued around $4.5B  —  Deal for the textbook publisher is valued at about $4.5 billion, including debt  —  Private-equity firm Platinum Equity has struck a deal …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Nearly five months after his inauguration, Biden has yet to nominate a Democratic FCC commissioner to fill the empty fifth slot 12:33  —  Biden's failure to fill empty FCC slot has consumer advocates increasingly worried.  —  President Joe Biden's failure to break the Federal Communications …
 
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Challenger, Gray & Christmas data: about 960 newsroom jobs have been lost so far this year, down 91% from 10,576 cuts through the same period last year
Brian Contreras / Los Angeles Times:
Some newsletter writers describe their helpless frustration with Gmail's inbox filter, which seems to randomly send newsletters to Promotions or spam folders
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Yvonne Villarreal / Los Angeles Times:
Latino TV writers, who account for only 8.7% of TV writers in the US, continue to face obstacles despite the apparent success of shows like Selena: The Series
Rudy Takala / Mediaite:
NYT has corrected a March 19 story that referred to the satirical website Babylon Bee as “misinformation”, after the sites' operators threatened legal action
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Dow Jones union: the company's new policy mandates staff get EIC's approval before talking to book publishers and a license to use their own reporting in books
Alex Woodward / The Independent:
Reality Winner's attorney says she has been granted an early supervised release from prison due to exemplary behavior, as her family seeks a pardon from Biden