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4:30 PM ET, June 21, 2022

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Meta agrees to alter its ad targeting and pay a $115,054 fine to settle a DOJ discrimination lawsuit for allegedly limiting which Facebook users saw housing ads  —  HUD had accused Meta's housing advertising system of discriminating against Facebook users based on their race, gender, religion and other characteristics.
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 …
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.
Discussion: @tracyegilchrist and @jeffmasters1
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 …
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  —  What happened to a story published in The Times of London that was critical of Prime Minister Boris Johnson?
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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
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Ankler Media, an entertainment news outlet, raises a $1.5M seed round at a $20M valuation; CEO Janice Min says it has 22K subscriptions and is profitable  —  Ankler Media, an entertainment news company, has raised a $1.5 million seed round at a $20 million valuation, its CEO and editor-in-chief Janice Min tells Axios.
Rob Hastings / The i Paper:
Profile of BBC's Eastern Europe Correspondent Sarah Rainsford, who was kicked out of Russia in August 2021 and is now covering the Russian invasion from Ukraine  —  When Russian troops retreated from the towns around Kyiv, abandoning their attempts to capture Ukraine's capital - for now, at least - journalists quickly moved in.
Peter White / Deadline:
Barack and Michelle Obama's production company Higher Ground signs a first-look deal with Amazon's Audible and is leaving Spotify  —  President Barack Obama & Michelle Obama's Higher Ground has found a new podcast home.  —  The company, which is behind audio series such as Renegades …
Hannah Miller / Bloomberg:
Crypto payments company MoonPay partners with Universal, Fox Corp., Death Row Records, and others to create NFT collections on its HyperMint service  —  Crypto payments company MoonPay is partnering with major entertainment brands as it expands further into the struggling nonfungible token market.
Discussion: CNBC, more at Techmeme »
Kul Bhushan / Tech in Asia:
VerSe Innovation rolls out its news aggregator Dailyhunt in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, and more, with 5K+ content partners in MENA  —  VerSe Innovation, an India-based tech unicorn, has rolled out news aggregator Dailyhunt in the Middle East, including in the United Arab Emirates …
 
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