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1:05 PM ET, June 22, 2022

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New York Times:
Justin and Ben Smith's Semafor raised $25M from Jessica Lessin, crypto billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried, and others, and plans to employ ~30 by its fall launch  —  The news start-up Semafor has raised $25 million from wealthy individuals, with a goal of cultivating direct relationships between its journalists and its audience.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
PwC: in 2026, the US is expected to become the first major media market to see digital newspaper ad revenue surpass print newspaper ad revenue  —  The U.S. is expected to make history in 2026 when it becomes the first major media market in the world to see digital newspaper ad revenue eclipse …
Rolling Stone:
Filmmaker Alex Holder, who followed the Trump family for a documentary over the last six weeks of his 2020 campaign, gave the footage to the January 6 committee  —  Former administration and campaign officials tell Rolling Stone they had no idea a film crew had months of access to the former president and his family
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter tests Twitter Notes with select users, for creating long-form content with rich text formatting and uploaded media that can be tweeted upon publishing  —  In what could be one of Twitter's more significant changes since doubling the character count from 140 to 280 characters …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Google redesigns News, elevating local news and fact checks, and relaunches the service in Spain after eight years, following Spain adopting EU copyright rules  —  Google News is relaunching in Spain almost eight years after it shut down to avoid paying publishers when the country introduced …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
PwC: subscription streaming video services in the US are projected to generate $25.32B in 2022 revenue, up 13% YoY but down from 2021's annual growth of 19.5%  —  Subscription streaming video is cooling down from torrid growth rates seen in 2020 and '21 — fueled by pandemic lockdowns …
Discussion: Axios
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
The Washington Post is offering a promotional digital news subscription for $50/year, locked in for the next 50 years; a normal subscription costs $100/year  —  Anyone who tells you they know what digital news will look like in 50 years is lying.  But the Post — with an owner rich enough …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
The CEO and COO of Pornhub's parent company MindGeek resign, after an investigative report on the site's years of hosting nonconsensual sexually explicit videos  —  MindGeek, the internet company best known for operating Pornhub, said that CEO Feras Antoon and COO David Tassillo have resigned.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
The UK unveils a Bill of Rights to replace the Human Rights Act, including making it harder for courts to order journalists to disclose their sources  —  The UK Government wants to make it harder for courts to order journalists to disclose their sources in its proposed Bill of Rights.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Richard Wallace, editor of the Daily Mirror from 2004 to 2012, joins News UK's TalkTV as head of TV  —  Former Daily Mirror editor Richard Wallace is joining News UK's TalkTV as head of TV.  —  Wallace was editor of the Mirror from 2004 to 2012 and later worked for Simon Cowell as SVP TV and production for Syco Entertainment.
Discussion: @piersmorgan and @jimwaterson
Sara Fischer / Axios:
A look at Stroll, an 18-year-old local magazine company that operates ~600 free, print-only, hyper-local magazines in 48 states and had $131M in revenue in 2021  —  N2, a local magazine company, will rebrand next week as “Stroll,” bringing all of its 650+ local print magazines under the same branding, executives tell Axios.
 
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SEC filing: Warner Music Group CEO Stephen Cooper will leave the company in 2023 after a replacement is appointed
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Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
An analysis of how Apple's ATT approach is blatantly anti-competitive and harms targeted advertising that is an essential ingredient to the new internet economy
Wikimedia Foundation:
Wikimedia Enterprise, a paid service for reusing and sourcing Wikimedia content in high volume, announces Google and the Internet Archive as its first clients
Bloomberg:
A judge rules that a Dominion lawsuit against Fox News parent Fox Corp. can go on, as executives Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch may have acted with “actual malice”
Dan Froomkin / Washington Monthly:
Jeff Bezos should gift The Washington Post's Arc XP CMS to a mission-driven nonprofit entity that would open source it, as a public service to the news industry
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Barack and Michelle Obama's production company Higher Ground signs a first-look deal with Amazon's Audible; Spotify: “we declined to extend our deal”
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
Rob Hastings / The i Paper:
A profile of BBC Eastern Europe Correspondent Sarah Rainsford, who was kicked out of Russia in August 2021 and is now covering Russia's invasion from Ukraine
 

 
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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The US and global partners dismantle the 911 S5 proxy botnet, “likely the world's largest botnet ever” affecting 19M+ IPs, and arrest its alleged administrator

Mia Sato / The Verge:
Google confirms the authenticity of the 2,500 pages of leaked Search documents filled with details about data the company collects

Matt Binder / Mashable:
Ticketmaster appears to have been breached by hacker group ShinyHunters, which claims it stole 560M customers' sensitive data and is trying to sell it for $500K

 
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