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4:35 PM ET, June 15, 2021


 Top News: 
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 …
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,, and, 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 …
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.
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