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12:25 PM ET, June 16, 2021

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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
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.
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 …
Discussion: @tonywan and Publishers Lunch
 
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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
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
Discussion: Milwaukee Press Club
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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