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4:30 PM ET, June 30, 2021


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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
After Fox's Tucker Carlson claimed the NSA was monitoring his communications and trying to take his show off the air, the NSA denied the allegations on Tuesday  —  New York (CNN Business)Fox News host Tucker Carlson made an explosive claim on his show Monday night: That he had learned through …
David McLaughlin / Bloomberg:
Amazon seeks the recusal of FTC chair Lina Khan from antitrust probes, including Amazon's purchase of MGM, citing her previous criticism of the tech giant  —  - Online retail giant files petition saying Khan shows bias  — FTC is reviewing Amazon's purchase of MGM movie studio
Sarah Lustbader / The Appeal:
The Appeal's newly unionized staff announces a worker-led effort to relaunch the site as its management says it is shutting down the outlet in its current form  —  After years of groundbreaking reporting and analysis, The Appeal will sunset in its current form on June 30.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Instagram confirms it is working on tools to let creators share “exclusive” content to Stories for paying fans  —  Instagram is building its own version of Twitter's Super Follow with a feature that would allow online creators to publish “exclusive” content to their Instagram Stories that's …
Kim Bhasin / Bloomberg:
Buzzer, a live sports streaming service that launched in January, raises $20M Series A from investors including Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky  —  - Osaka, Mahomes also join $20 million funding round for Buzzer  — Service sends alerts that draw viewers to live clips on phones
Lauradixon / Global Investigative Journalism Network:
Despite the Indian government's hostility to critical coverage, local reporters have found ways to report out the true toll of COVID-19's second wave  —  Through April and May, government figures of COVID-19 deaths and infections were suspiciously low from the populous Indian state of Gujarat, north of Mumbai.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Instagram has begun outreach to a small set of publishers, including Group Nine Media, to begin testing an IGTV ads revenue share  —  Instagram will start testing IGTV ads with publishers this month, Axios has learned.  —  Why it matters: It's the first time Instagram …
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Taboola closed down 2% in its first day of trading after going public via merger with a SPAC  —  - Digital ad company Taboola began trading on the Nasdaq Wednesday following its merger with ION Acquisition Corp. 1, a special acquisition corporation.  — Taboola sees its opportunity …
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Elsa Keslassy / Variety:
France unveils rules that would require streaming services, including Netflix and Disney+, to invest 20%-25% of their French revenues in local content  —  Streaming services, including Netflix, Amazon and Disney Plus, will soon have to invest between 20%-25% of their French revenues …
Emily Bazelon / New York Times:
After years of covering efforts to exonerate incarcerated people, a reporter describes how a letter led her to personally get involved in a case from Louisiana  —  For years as a journalist, I've covered attempts to exonerate incarcerated people.  But a letter from Yutico Briley led to a different kind of story.
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Integral Ad Science, which offers ad-verification services, closes up 14% in its first day of trading after its IPO, valuing the company at close to $3.3B  —  - Ad tech company Integral Ad Science began trading on Wednesday under the ticker “IAS.”  — IAS pegs itself as a “verification company” for digital ads.
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
How Fox News, Newsmax, and other right-wing media propelled critical race theory from academic obscurity to center stage in the US political debate  —  National outlets amplify clips of angry parents, creating a cycle of outrage  —  Viral videos of impassioned parents denouncing critical race theory …
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Kat Stafford / Associated Press:
25 members of Congress signed a letter urging the FCC to examine how policies and programs have disparately harmed Black Americans and communities of color
Pew Research Center:
Pew State of the News Media 2020: daily newspaper circulation was down 6% from 2019, newsroom staff fell 12%, ad revenue fell 29% for public newspaper companies
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Nelk Boys, the YouTube stars known for pranks and parties, don't rely on ads; instead, Nelk says they sold $50M in merchandise in 2020 and expect $70M in 2021
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Facebook unveils Bulletin, its Substack competitor, with recruited writers including Malcolm Gladwell and Erin Andrews, won't take a revenue cut “at launch”
Analysis: after Trump left office, monthly traffic to outlets has declined across the ideological spectrum, from -43.8% for far-right to -27.3% for far-left