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3:45 PM ET, June 26, 2021

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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's largest commercial publisher Reach says it will hire an online safety editor, the first of its kind in UK, to tackle “endemic” abuse of its journalists  —  Reach has created an online safety editor role, the first of its kind in the UK, to tackle “endemic” abuse and harassment of its journalists “head on”.
Josef Adalian / Vulture:
Interview with Conan O'Brien, who ended his 28-year run as host of a nightly talk show on June 24, on his career, his future project for HBO Max, and more  —  The first time I interviewed Conan O'Brien, it was the winter of 1994 and he had just finished taping an episode of Late Night.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google will delay plans to block third-party cookies from early 2022 to late 2023, to find ways to protect privacy without hurting ad-dependent publishers  —  It takes time to fix privacy problems without hurting ad-dependent websites, the search giant says.
Ali Breland / Mother Jones:
Journalists say Amazon's PR team uses aggressive, manipulative, and sometimes outright deceptive tactics to intimidate and mislead reporters  —  It was a slow news day at Gizmodo, the tech website where Dell Cameron worked.  Without a story of his own to report he decided to aggregate …
Shirin Ghaffary / Vox:
Google is showing a warning on some searches that it may not have reliable sources to show, usually on trending topics  —  The company is notifying people when they search for rapidly evolving topics.  —  Google is testing a new feature to notify people when they search for a topic that may have unreliable results.
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
BuzzFeed announces plans to go public via SPAC merger, targeting a $1.5B valuation, and will acquire digital publisher Complex Networks for $300M  —  BuzzFeed, a 15-year-old digital media company, announced Thursday it plans to go public via a merger with a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company.
Karen Fischer / The Verge:
How Navajo Nation radio stations connected with listeners during the pandemic, dealt with folk remedies for COVID, and helped with donations  —  KTNN radio station's headquarters in St. Michaels, Arizona is less than ten minutes away from the Navajo Nation capital of Window Rock …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Murdoch asks UK govt to abolish legal restraints on his interference in the editorial independence of the Times and Sunday Times, paving the way for a merger  —  News UK asks government to scrap legal curbs at Times and Sunday Times, paving way for full-blown merger
 
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Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Amazon acquires Art19, a major podcast hosting and monetization platform, for an undisclosed sum
Jim Salter / Associated Press:
Three Al Jazeera journalists who were tear-gassed in Ferguson have settled a lawsuit with the county, which has agreed to pay $280K
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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
JW Player, a video streaming and analytics service used by major companies like Viacom, raises $100M Series E from LLR Partners
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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Snap and Universal Music Group strike a licensing deal that lets users share songs in messages and posts; financial terms were not disclosed