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4:55 PM ET, June 16, 2021

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 Top News: 
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify launches Spotify Greenroom, a new app that allows Spotify users worldwide to join or host live audio rooms, and turn those conversations into podcasts  —  In March, Spotify announced it was acquiring the company behind the sports-focused audio app Locker Room to help speed its entry into the live audio market.
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Biden apologizes for snapping at CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins at his news conference in Geneva when she asked why he's confident Putin's behavior would change  —  President Joe Biden offered his regret for losing his temper with CNN's Kaitlan Collins during his news conference in Geneva.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
In an email to creators, Facebook says it will launch its podcast platform on June 22; podcasters can link up RSS feeds and decide if users can clip shows  —  Along with podcast clips  —  Facebook is planning to start rolling out its podcast product next week, on June 22nd, and, eventually …
Jasper Jolly / The Guardian:
GB News, which launched in the UK with a mission to produce “anti-woke” US-style news content, faces an advertiser backlash as Ikea and Nivea pull their ads  —  Ikea, Grolsch and Kopparberg have suspended adverts due to station's perceived conflict with their values
Politico:
Biden's administration has granted The 19th, which launched last year and has fewer than 30 employees, more access than many larger and established outlets  —  With help from Allie Bice and Daniel Payne  —  Welcome to POLITICO's West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration.
Zoe Kleinman / BBC:
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties is suing a branch of the IAB and others over real-time bidding, calling the data shared “the world's largest data breach”  —  The Irish Council for Civil Liberties is suing a branch of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) …
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
CNN announces Vault by CNN, a collection of NFTs it will sell of key historical events from its archives, and says the service will launch in late June  —  The WarnerMedia-owned cable news channel is branching into the burgeoning NFT space with a new offering it is calling the “Vault by CNN.”
Discussion: CNN
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
NYT's oral history of Pentagon Papers includes an interview with researcher Linda Amster, whose name was left out of credits, allegedly due to risk of prison  —  Linda Amster says that her husband bore the “brunt” of her outrage when she looked at her copy of the New York Times on Sunday, June 13, 1971.
John Eligon / New York Times:
Zimbabwe releases a local reporter working for NYT after he spent three weeks in jail, accused of improperly helping two NYT journalists enter the country  —  The government said that it would not oppose bail for Jeffrey Moyo, a freelance journalist in the capital, Harare …
Discussion: Voice of America and @declanwalsh
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Sony Music acquires Somethin' Else, one of the UK's largest independent podcast and audio producers, and forms a global podcast division  —  Sony Music Entertainment has acquired Somethin' Else, which touts itself as the U.K.'s largest independent podcast and audio producer …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
USC study found 19.8% of music executives in the US are from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, including 7.5% who were Black; 35.3% were women  —  The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative examined 4,060 executives at six types of companies, and found 19.8 percent were from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.
Kaitlyn Tiffany / The Atlantic:
Examining the commercialization of ideas and interactions via newsletters, NFTs, and tip jars, where money empowers but reduces expression to mere commerce  —  Back in 2011, when Twitter was young, the artist and musician Leon Chang made a joke that you might remember even if you didn't see it …
 
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Andy Meek / Forbes:
CNBC says it is expanding its event business, which had an average growth rate of 20%+ over the past four years, globally
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Mashable EIC Jessica Coen joins Morning Brew as chief content officer and will lead Morning Brew's expansion into new business lines, like events and video
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
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
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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Former Simon & Schuster and Hachette executives launch All Seasons Press, a conservative publisher that has already signed deals with two former Trump officials
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
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
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
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
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
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