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10:15 AM ET, August 10, 2022

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Peter Kafka / Vox:
Axios, Politico, Punchbowl, and other Washington-focused outlets owe a lot of their success to ad deals with Meta, Alphabet, and other Big Tech companies  —  Money from Meta — and the rest of Big Tech — is pouring into Washington publications.  —  Axios is an against-the-grain success story …
Bloomberg:
Sources: the US DOJ is preparing to sue Google over its ad market business as soon as September, as the DOJ's antitrust division lawyers interview publishers  —  The US Justice Department is preparing to sue Google as soon as next month, according to people familiar with the matter …
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Spotify gives its Android app's home screen separate feeds for Music and Podcasts & Shows to better highlight recommendations, will bring the change to iOS soon  —  Spotify announced today that it's launching a new Home experience that includes separate feeds for “Music” and “Podcasts & Shows.”
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Spotify quietly begins selling event tickets to users in the US directly, instead of redirecting buyers to Ticketmaster and Eventbrite  —  Spotify has launched a new site to sell fans tickets to live gigs directly from its platform instead of redirecting users to partners like Ticketmaster and Eventbrite.
Lachlan Markay / Axios:
Filings: Russia-backed TV Novosti and two entities are funding four news-style TV shows from US conspiracy theorist Ben Swann, covering the US, NATO, and more  —  Russia's state-backed media apparatus is financing four new TV programs produced by a U.S. conspiracy theorist and aimed in large part …
Patrick McGee / Financial Times:
Many small businesses that use personalized online ads are cutting back on marketing, in part due to Apple's ATT, as they face rising customer acquisition costs  —  Online brands reliant on personalised ads ramp back marketing spending  —  Small businesses are cutting back marketing spending due …
Reuters:
AppLovin offers to buy Unity for $58.85 per share, an 18% premium to Unity's Monday closing price, in a $17.54B all-stock deal; AppLovin's stock drops 10.29%  —  Gaming software company AppLovin Corp (APP.O) on Tuesday made an offer to buy peer Unity Software Inc (U.N) in a $17.54 billion all-stock deal …
 
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Sophie Fullerton / Washington Post:
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Margaret Moffett / The Assembly:
A look at the decline of News & Record, a Greensboro, North Carolina newspaper, starting under Landmark and continuing under BH Media and Lee Enterprises
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Miami-based Column, a public benefit company offering software to streamline placing public notices in newspapers, raised a $30M Series A led by Lux Capital
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Scott Roxborough / The Hollywood Reporter:
German public broadcaster RBB's director, Patricia Schlesinger, resigned on Sunday, amid media reports she used public funds to bankroll a luxury lifestyle
Anna Menta / Decider:
Warner Bros. movies are no longer guaranteed to hit HBO Max after 45 days in theaters; source: the company will decide streaming dates on a “case-by-case basis”
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sports media startup Overtime, which targets Gen-Z and millennials, has raised a $100M Series D led by Liberty Media, a source says at a $500M+ valuation
Scott Fybush / Current:
How Appalshop's WMMT, an eastern Kentucky community radio station, and the region's NPR station struggled to report on and recover from recent historic flooding