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8:15 AM ET, June 23, 2021

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New York Times:
Apple Daily says it will cease operations, with online and print editions ending today, after Chinese police froze its accounts and arrested executives  —  The police also arrested an editorial writer as part of an expanding national security investigation into the newspaper that has triggered concerns about free speech.
Julie Reynolds / Nieman Lab:
Alden and Tribune Publishing's board bent the rules for acquisitions, including misrepresenting Alden's cash and failing to disclose a secret investor meeting  —  The ink wasn't dry, but the hushed deal to finance Alden Global Capital's takeover of Tribune Publishing fell quickly into place in May.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
International coalition of consumer groups, digital and civil rights organizations, and data protection experts call for ban on “surveillance-based advertising”  —  An international coalition of consumer protection, digital and civil rights organizations and data protection experts …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Biden said good reporters must be negative, a common misunderstanding of reporters' roles; the industry has many reporters who are decent, tough, and fair  —  Journalism has never been the most admired of professions, and in recent years the rap on its practitioners has only gotten worse.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Twitter opens applications to test Ticketed Spaces and Super Follows for a small number of users, who will keep 97% of revenue after the IAP cut if making <$50K  —  Users initially keep 97 percent of their revenue  —  Twitter is opening applications for a limited test of its Super Follows and Ticketed Spaces features.
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: the FTC will review Amazon's proposed acquisition of MGM, just as the commission gets a new chairwoman who has been critical of Amazon's expansion  —  Commission secures antitrust review after talks with Justice Department, and as Amazon critic Lina Khan takes the FTC's helm
J. Clara Chan / Hollywood Reporter:
Jemele Hill expands her exclusive Spotify deal to form The Unbothered Network, focused on elevating the voices and stories of Black women  —  The Unbothered Network will release podcast series exclusively on Spotify that elevate the voices and stories of Black women.
Bloomberg:
YouTube Shorts, which launched new stars but is rife with clickbait and TikTok re-uploads, will use new metrics to pay creators via a $100M fund this summer  —  As a kid in Manchester, England, Dan Rhodes taught himself magic by watching tutorials on YouTube.
Reuters:
DOJ says it has seized 36 Iranian media websites and sites for groups affiliated with Iran that are linked to Iranian disinformation for violating US sanctions  —  Notices appeared on Tuesday on a number of Iran-affiliated websites saying they had been seized by the United States government as part of law enforcement action.
European Federation of Journalists:
The Belarusian Ministry of Justice has demanded the Belarusian Association of Journalists turn over membership lists, meeting minutes, and more from 2018 on  —  The Belarusian Ministry of Justice has just ordered an inspection of the activities of the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ).
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Source: C-SPAN political editor Steve Scully, put on leave in 2020 after falsely saying his Twitter account was hacked, departs for the Bipartisan Policy Center  —  Longtime C-SPAN political editor and on-air host Steve Scully is leaving the network on July 2, Axios has learned.
 
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Quartz co-founders Kevin Delaney and Jay Lauf and NYT's Erin Grau launch a new media and services company, Charter, centered around the future of work
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Ramesh Ponnuru to replace Rich Lowry as editor of The National Review print edition; Lowry will continue to oversee editorial policy, focus on strategic efforts
Sabrina Iglesias / The Trace:
The Trace launches Up the Block, a searchable English and Spanish guide for Philadelphians affected by gun violence to find resources and support
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Christopher Williams / Sydney Morning Herald:
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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
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
European Commission says it has opened an antitrust investigation into whether Google favors its own display ad tech over rivals
David Griner / Adweek:
Allure EIC Michelle Lee is leaving to join Netflix as its first VP of editorial and publishing, managing Netflix's social media, podcasts, and print publication