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12:20 PM ET, June 24, 2021

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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.
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.
Lillian Rizzo / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Peacock had fewer than 10M paid subs as of May; Comcast is considering a deal with ViacomCBS or acquiring Roku as it seeks to become a streaming giant  —  The broadband and cable company, which owns NBCUniversal, sticks with its marriage of content and delivery, though AT&T has reversed course
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Catie Keck / The Verge:
NBCUniversal's Peacock app will be available on Fire TV products starting June 24, as part of a deal that will see 15 NBCUniversal apps arrive on Amazon devices  —  It's about time!  —  Nearly a year after Peacock's launch, NBCUniversal's marquee streaming app is finally coming to Fire TV and Fire tablets.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Open AP and AT&T's Xandr, once seen as staunch rivals, strike a strategic data alliance that would let Xandr clients use Open AP's defined audience segments  —  Open AP and AT&T's Xandr were once seen as staunch rivals.  Indeed, WarnerMedia, one of Open AP's founders …
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
UK government bans junk food advertising online and before 9pm on TV from 2023, which could cost broadcasters more than £200M annually in revenue  —  Prohibition of adverts for products high in fat, salt and sugar could cost broadcasters more than £200m annually in revenue
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Innovid, an ad tech company focused on connected television, says it is going public via SPAC merger at an implied valuation of around $1.3B  —  - Innovid, a 14-year-old ad tech company focused on connected television, plans to go public via a merger with a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company.
Discussion: AdExchanger, Ad Age and @megancgraham
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
Nielsen: those who listen to a podcast one to three times per month now make up nearly half of all listeners; comedy and news are the biggest podcast genres  —  “Light” podcast listeners — or those that listen to a podcast one to three times a month — now make up nearly half of podcast listeners …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
JW Player, a video streaming and analytics service used by major companies like Viacom, raises $100M Series E from LLR Partners  —  Where does your enterprise stand on the AI adoption curve?  Take our AI survey to find out.  —  JW Player, a video streaming and analytics platform …
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
EJ Dickson / Rolling Stone:
Profile of David Dobrik, a YouTuber notorious for goofy pranks who earned an estimated $15.5M in 2020, and is now under fire for turning trauma into content  —  The leader of the Vlog Squad built an empire on goofy pranks and wild stunts.  Now he's under fire for turning trauma into content.
 
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Bloomberg:
A look at venture units at ITV and Channel 4 that trade TV ads for startup equity; Channel 4 launched its fund in 2015, holding and exiting a Pinterest stake
Katie Deighton / Wall Street Journal:
Airlines are retiring their in-flight magazines globally, citing digital entertainment and claiming removing the heavy magazines reduces carbon emissions
J. Clara Chan / Hollywood Reporter:
Fuse Media launches Fuse+, a streaming service that is aimed at underrepresented millennial and Gen Z audiences and costs $1.99 a month or $19.99 annually
Discussion: The Verge and Axios
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Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
NFL says it is exploring options for its media properties, including selling stakes to strategic partners, but insists it will maintain control
Caitlin Moscatello / New York Magazine:
A 2019 lawsuit by five women anchors at NY1 and sources detail a toxic workplace at the station, driven by prominent anchors like Pat Kiernan and Jamie Stelter
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Reuters Institute report: US ranks last among 46 countries for trust in media, with just 29% saying they trust the news; Finland has the highest trust at 65%
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