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4:50 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:
Equal Entertainment acquires Pride Media, owner of Out Magazine, The Advocate, and Pride.com, and plans to rebrand the LGBTQ+ media company 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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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Entertainment news outlet Ankler Media raised a $1.5M seed at a $20M valuation; CEO Janice Min says Ankler has 22K paid and free 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.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
News Corp says “legal issues” led to The Times removing its Boris Johnson article; the case underlines an unhealthy government and Tory media owner closeness  —  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
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 …
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  —  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.
Esther Kezia Thorpe / Media Voices:
Survey: 18% of US adults subscribe to newsletters by solo journalists, vs. 4% in the UK and 8% in Germany, indicating the Substack effect is a US phenomenon  —  This year's hotly-anticipated Digital News Report 2022 from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism has landed.
Hannah Miller / Bloomberg:
Crypto payments company MoonPay partners with Universal, Fox, Death Row Records, and Creative Artists Agency 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.
 
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Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Meta adds new Instagram and Facebook monetization tools, and will take no revenue cut from paid events, fan subs, badges, and Bulletin until at least 2024
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
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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