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9:10 AM ET, July 13, 2021

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Gaspard Sebag / Bloomberg:
France fines Google $593M for failing to comply with a 2020 order to negotiate in good faith with publishers for displaying article snippets in Google News  —  - Tech giant penalized for not agreeing fair deal with publisher  — Complaint from news wires and magazines dates back to 2019
Chris Quinn / Plain Dealer:
Editor of Cleveland's The Plain Dealer says its decision to ignore false statements and stunts by politicians is working well, with readers responding favorably  —  I wrote four months ago about our approach to covering political candidates who make false, irresponsible and potentially dangerous statements …
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
Mediaocean, known for its ad-agency billing technology, buys adtech company Flashtalking for $500M as, sources say, it prepares for an IPO next year  —  Flashtalking, known for its ad server, is the latest in a string of Mediaocean acquisitions aimed at enhancing its digital ad technology
Discussion: Mediaocean and Beet.TV
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
A look at the different approaches that NYT, FT, WSJ, Bloomberg, USA Today, and Vox Media are taking to decide how employees will come back to the office  —  - News organizations have generally navigated pandemic life successfully as employees have figured out how to do their jobs remotely.
Discussion: @guildatbig
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Jeremy Fuster / The Wrap:
Disney says Marvel's Black Widow has earned $60M+ on opening weekend via its Premier Access program, which lets Disney+ subscribers rent the movie for $30
New York Times:
A look at Facebook's long-term struggles with courting creators, as it falls behind YouTube, TikTok, and other rivals  —  The social network is aiming to be a destination for creators and their viral memes.  But TikTok and YouTube got there first.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Over the past 18 months …
Ivan Levingston / Bloomberg:
Impact Tech, which connects brands with publishers and influencers, raises $150M at a $1.5B valuation, after a boost from Apple's ad tracking restrictions  —  - New $150 million fundraising led by Qatar Investment Authority  — Marketing company aims to list shares next year: CEO
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Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
How Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and other Fox News hosts helped elevate vaccine skepticism, once relegated to the fringes, to the conservative mainstream
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Disney to raise the subscription fees for ESPN+ in the US to $7/mo. and $70/year, from $6/mo. and $60/year; price for a Disney bundle is unchanged at $14/mo.  —  Disney will raise the monthly and annual fees for ESPN Plus, one of three different subscription-based streaming services it operates in the U.S. …
Sarah Bahr / New York Times:
NYT journalists discuss the tradeoffs in talking about their reporting on networks like CNN, CBS, and MSNBC; around 20 NYT reporters make regular appearances  —  Appearing on TV news shows lets Times reporters take their work to a wider audience.  But the opportunities must be handled with care.
Angela Fu / Poynter:
In the past decade, there were 200+ union drives at news outlets, with a 90%+ success rate; there were 37 union drives in 2020, all successful, and 29 in H1'21  —  Union leaders at newspapers, digital outlets and broadcast stations are seeing historic levels of organizing that show little sign of stopping
BBC:
Some expat YouTubers in China are posting seemingly coordinated videos defending China on topics like Xinjiang, with some listed as CGTN's “global stringers”  —  Foreign video bloggers denouncing what they say is negative coverage of China on highly controversial subjects …
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