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10:40 PM ET, June 15, 2021


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John Daniszewski / The Definitive Source:
AP will no longer name suspects in minor crime stories but will keep naming suspects in stories on active fugitive searches and significant crimes like murder  —  John Daniszewski  —  AP will no longer name suspects in minor crime stories, which we sometimes cover and pick …
Miriam Gottfried / Wall Street Journal:
Private equity firm Platinum Equity plans to buy textbook publisher McGraw Hill from Apollo Global Management in a deal valued around $4.5B, including debt  —  Deal for the textbook publisher is valued at about $4.5 billion, including debt  —  Private-equity firm Platinum Equity has struck …
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.
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.
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 …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Spotify inks an exclusive deal with Call Her Daddy podcaster Alexandra Cooper, which includes exclusive rights to all future episodes and access to back catalog  —  Spotify has inked an exclusive deal with Alexandra Cooper, host and creator of the popular podcast “Call her Daddy.”
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 …
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  —  Almost five months after leaving office, major publishing houses still are wary of publishing a book by former President Donald Trump …
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
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
A look at the value of reported obituaries about “regular people”, the kind local newspapers often ran, and how newsletters can deliver the same type of stories  —  Here's what we discovered from 2.5 years of work, a fellowship and a newsletter  —  Before the famous and powerful die …
Oversight Board:
Oversight Board takes its first policy opinion request from Facebook, on the sharing of residential info, which Facebook says can be relevant for journalism  —  Today, the Board announced it has accepted a policy advisory opinion request from Facebook on the sharing of private residential information.
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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
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