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12:10 PM 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 deal with publishers  — Fine is the second biggest French antitrust penalty so far
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
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Netflix is turning to live events, like the Bridgerton Ball in London, video games, and merchandising to complement subscriber revenue and engage fans  —  Sources say the streaming giant wants to work directly with creators on live events that will, in success, provide new revenue streams as subscriber growth slows.
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 …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
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
Kelly McLaughlin / Insider:
AP photojournalist Ramon Espinosa was assaulted by police while covering protests in Havana  —  - AP photographer Ramon Espinosa was left bloodied after an altercation with police during protests in Cuba.  — Photos show him surrounded by a group of people, and later with blood dripping down his face.
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
K.J. Yossman / Variety:
British streaming service BritBox names Diederick Santer as its new international chief creative officer, overseeing non-UK programming  —  Streaming platform BritBox International has hired former Kudos chief Diederick Santer as its new international chief creative officer.
Discussion: The Wrap and C21Media
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. …
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