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1:40 PM ET, June 21, 2022

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The Guardian:
The Times withdrew a story about Boris Johnson and his wife after printing it in some editions; MailOnline and aggregators removed a rewrite  —  Report had claimed Boris Johnson tried to hire his now wife as chief of staff when foreign secretary, but then it was deleted
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The UK's Number 10 confirms that Boris Johnson's team intervened before a Times story about his wife was pulled, but denies the Prime Minister was involved  —  Number 10 has confirmed that members of the Prime Minister's team intervened before a story about his wife Carrie Johnson was withdrawn …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
News Corp says “legal issues” led to removing the Times' Boris Johnson article; the case highlights the proximity of government and Tory media owners
Bobby Caina Calvan / Associated Press:
Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov's Nobel Peace Prize medal sold for a record $103.5M on Monday night at an auction to raise money for Ukrainian child refugees  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The Nobel Peace Prize that Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov was auctioning off to raise money …
Nick Vivarelli / Variety:
As Paramount+ launches in the UK and Ireland, a Q&A with Paramount CEO of streaming Tom Ryan about its global rollout, 100M subscribers goal by 2024, and more  —  Elsewhere in Europe, Paramount+ has set firm dates to launch its standalone streaming offer in Italy in September …
John Ourand / Sports Business Journal:
Sinclair plans to soft launch its local sports streaming service Bally Sports+ in five markets on June 23, ahead of a full launch still scheduled for the fall  —  Sinclair will soft launch its local sports streaming service in five markets on June 23, with a full launch still scheduled for the fall.
Abbey White / The Hollywood Reporter:
Pride Media, owner of Out Magazine and The Advocate, has been acquired by Equal Entertainment and plans to rebrand as Equal Pride  —  The acquisition puts the country's largest LGBTQ+ media company — home to Out and The Advocate's print and digital arms — under queer ownership for the first time.
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Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Internal documents: Fox News agreed to a ~$15M settlement with Melissa Francis, a former female host who sued the network alleging gender-based pay disparities  —  Melissa Francis alleged her male colleagues made far more than women.  She won an unusually large settlement, according to documents viewed by The Post.
 
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Russia blocks the website of The Telegraph, citing “inaccurate information about the special military operation”
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AT&T appears to have paid a member of ShinyHunters $370K+ to delete call records stolen from AT&T's Snowflake account that exposed “nearly all” of its customers

Lauren Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Alphabet is in advanced talks to acquire cybersecurity startup Wiz for roughly $23B; Wiz raised $1B at a $12B valuation in May 2024

Wes Davis / The Verge:
Apple approves the first PC emulator for iOS, UTM SE, weeks after initially rejecting and barring it from being notarized for third-party app stores in the EU

 
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