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7:50 AM ET, June 22, 2021

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Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Dean Baquet defends Maggie Haberman after a Fox News article accused her of being fixated on Trump and failing to properly cover Joe Biden  —  - Fox News article says Pulitzer winner biased against Trump  — Bacquet salutes ‘one of the finest journalists of her generation’
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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Many journalists see Tucker Carlson as a go-to source for stories about Trump, which are sometimes unflattering, and for details on Fox News' internal politics  —  His platform on Fox News made him a big player in Donald Trump's circle.  Off camera, he shapes the coverage of Trump's world and Fox's own internal politics.
Brent Lang / Variety:
Steven Spielberg, previously seen as a Netflix skeptic, strikes a deal with the streaming service to produce multiple movies through his company Amblin Partners  —  Amblin Partners and Netflix have forged a partnership, one that will see the company headed by Steven Spielberg produce multiple …
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
European Commission says it has opened an antitrust investigation into whether Google favors its own display ad tech over rivals  —  Brussels to examine whether US group has broken rules by giving an advantage to its own services  —  Brussels has opened a formal antitrust probe against Google …
Anne Marie Roantree / Reuters:
Apple Daily will be forced to shut “in a matter of days” after Chinese authorities froze its assets, according to an adviser to jailed owner Jimmy Lai  —  Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily will be forced to shut “in a matter of days” after authorities froze …
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Tiffany May / New York Times:
As Hong Kong public libraries pull books about dissent, some independent book shops are dodging the new limits on free expression by keeping a low profile
David Griner / Adweek:
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook rolls out Live Audio Rooms, available to verified public figures and select Groups, and its podcast service, available to select partners, in the US  —  In April, Facebook announced a series of planned investments in new audio products, including a Clubhouse live audio competitor as well as new support for podcasts.
Etan Vlessing / The Hollywood Reporter:
Univision says it will launch a unified streaming service in 2022, with a subscription tier in addition to the ad-supported PrendeTV, following Televisa merger  —  Former Netflix vp, content Rodrigo Mazon will run the new streamer to include a subscription tier piggy-backing on the PrendeTV ad-supported service.
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Profile of The New Bedford Light, a nonprofit digital news outlet started by journalists in New Bedford, MA after Gannett's local paper became a “ghost” paper  —  An ambitious news site, The New Bedford Light, has sprung up in an old New England whaling town to fill a void in coverage.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
In separate interviews, Nikole Hannah-Jones says the promise of objectivity is a subterfuge and Walter Hussman says news orgs are setting aside impartiality  —  On paper, The New York Times's Nikole Hannah-Jones is a dream hire for the journalism school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jake Kanter / Deadline:
UK's Channel 4 forecasts its revenue will cross £1B for the first time ever this year, as its CEO and 35 lawmakers raise concerns about privatization plans  —  Channel 4 has spelled out what could be at risk if the UK government pushes ahead with proposals to sell the iconic broadcaster …
 
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Michael Schneider / Variety:
TV Academy says Emmy nominees and winners for acting can now request their certificate and statuette to use the term “performer” instead of “actor” or “actress”
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Twitch banned two top female streamers over the weekend, as it struggles with how to handle sexually suggestive streams from popular women streamers
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Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Music licensing marketplace Songtradr raises $50M Series D, bringing its total raised to $100M+
Financial Times:
Ex-CGTN journalists and execs describe China's political interference in the English-language channel, which reaches an estimated 200M households outside China
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TikTok:
TikTok debuts TikTok Jump, which lets creators link to third-party mini-programs and services within their videos; BuzzFeed is among the list of Jump providers
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Q&A with Microsoft VP of Strategic Initiatives Mary Snapp, as the company partners with Report for America to support five newsrooms in KS, OK, AZ, CA, and WV
Leonard Kehnscherper / Bloomberg:
Report: UK plans to let media watchdog Ofcom rule on complaints about streaming companies, similar to its oversight of BBC and other traditional broadcasters
Discussion: Nieman Lab and Axios
Bill Adair / Poynter:
Squash, the automated fact checking service from Reporters' Lab at Duke University, gets us closer to live fact checking but still makes a lot of mistakes
 

 
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David Weston / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft estimates that CrowdStrike's update affected 8.5M Windows devices, or less than 1% of all Windows machines

Steven Levy / Wired:
A look at Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz's self-interested Trump support, including the “final straw”, a Biden proposal to tax unrealized capital gains at 25%

OCCRP:
An investigation details how scammers are using crypto ATMs to commit fraud; the FBI says US losses from scams carried out via crypto ATMs was $120M+ in 2023

 
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