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8:10 PM ET, June 25, 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”.
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 …
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 …
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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
AG Garland says he is planning an informal directive and new regulations to ban federal prosecutors from subpoenaing reporters or their phone or email records  —  Attorney General Merrick Garland has endorsed the idea of legislation to create an enduring ban on federal prosecutors subpoenaing reporters …
Discussion: @andy_geronimo and @jameeljaffer
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Amazon acquires Art19, a major podcast hosting and monetization platform, for an undisclosed sum  —  Art19 goes to Amazon Music  —  Amazon Music is getting more serious about its podcast endeavors.  Today, the company announced that it's acquiring 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  —  Three journalists with Al Jazeera who were tear-gassed during a protest in Ferguson, Missouri, after Michael Brown's death in 2014 have settled a lawsuit …
 
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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
Discussion: TechCrunch and Wall Street Journal
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
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
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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
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
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