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12:25 PM ET, June 16, 2021


 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.
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 …
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
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.
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  —  From the ongoing global chip shortage effecting everything from consumer electronics to ordinary household items, to the lingering effect of the coronavirus pandemic …
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  —  That's not just a tweet; that's your original idea and your intellectual property, and maybe you can sell it.
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.
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  —  Mashable editor-in-chief Jessica Coen is joining Morning Brew as chief content officer, Axios has learned.  She will report to CEO Austin Rief.
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 …
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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
Rafat Ali / Skift:
Skift acquires Daily Lodging Report, the 26-year-old subscription-only hotel industry newsletter; Kim Santangelo-Woinski and founder Alan Woinksi to join Skift
Bill Glauber / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
The Milwaukee Press Club reposted an interview with Senator Ron Johnson after YouTube banned Johnson for a week for violating COVID-19 misinformation policies
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 Earlier Picks: 
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