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10:00 AM ET, June 16, 2022


 Top News: 
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
Researchers say Big Tech's political ad bans are a charade and likely had minimal impact on curbing misinformation while hurting smaller advocacy groups  —  Say ExxonMobil wanted to run an ad on Twitter about how natural gas is actually totally climate-friendly.
Sources: the US increased its funding of three VPN companies by almost half since February, through VOA parent agency USAGM, to support a surge in Russian users  —  The U.S. government has pushed new, increased funding into three technology companies since the start of the Ukraine conflict …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Seth Rich's parents say their trust in people has been shattered, after Fox News, Lou Dobbs, Sean Hannity, and more weaponized conspiracies about his death  —  The fatal shooting of a young Democratic Party aide named Seth Rich early in the morning of July 10, 2016, brought incalculable loss to his parents.
Kelsey Sutton / Marketing Brew:
How American Airlines and Delta run their in-flight “streaming services”, curate content, manage licensing, and help streamers attract future subscribers  —  Airlines are giving them a place to win over new viewers.  —  Ekrem Dimbiloglu spends his days helping decide what people watch …
Discussion: @kelseymsutton and @kerrymflynn
A Turkish court jails 16 Kurdish journalists and media workers pending trial for allegedly spreading terrorist propaganda  —  A Turkish court imprisoned pending trial 16 Kurdish journalists and media workers who were arrested after being detained last week accused of spreading terrorist propaganda …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
2022 Digital News Report: the number of people who say they avoid the news has increased in 46 countries since 2017, doubling in Brazil to 54% and the UK to 46%  —  The pandemic brought a bump in news consumption that now seems to be fading away, Oxford's Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism …
Spotify CEO tells staff the company plans to slow hiring by 25%; Spotify added 2,000+ staff from 2019 to 2021, bringing its headcount to 6,617; stock is up 7%+  —  Spotify Technology SA will slow hiring growth by 25%, the latest sign of how fears of a recession are weighing on the economy.
Chandelis Duster / CNN:
Activists and journalists unveil a street sign for Jamal Khashoggi Way, located outside of Washington's Saudi embassy, a month before Biden's Saudi Arabia visit  —  (CNN)A portion of a Washington, DC, street will memorialize murdered Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi …
Reports: two suspects confess to killing and dismembering UK journalist Dom Phillips and his traveling partner, Bruno Pereira, after they went missing in Brazil  —  Two suspects have confessed to killing and dismembering British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira …
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Nilesh Christopher / Rest of World:
A look at Watchdog, a Sri Lanka-based research collective that built a fact-checking app and uses open-source data to investigate the country's economic crisis
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Nielsen plans to update Nielsen One with data on how consumers react to ads, including making a purchase, opening a website, visiting a showroom, and more
Discussion: Adweek and Inside Radio
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Miles Kruppa / Wall Street Journal:
Google says 1.5B+ people watch YouTube Shorts every month; TikTok had 1B+ MAUs in September 2021 and third parties estimated almost 1.6B MAUs in March 2022
Sources: Baidu is in talks to sell its 53% controlling stake in iQiyi, in a deal valuing the streaming service at ~$7B; Baidu has 90%+ of iQiyi's voting rights
Discussion: Variety