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2:30 PM ET, June 17, 2019

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Valeriya Safronova / New York Times:
A ban on ads depicting gender stereotypes, like men unable to change diapers or women having trouble with parking, is now in effect in the UK  —  No more commercials showing men struggling to do a load of laundry, or asking women if they are “beach body ready.”
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Over the last year, time spent watching Snapchat Original shows every day has more than tripled with audiences of more than 14M for some shows  —  ‘Endless Summer,’ which returns for a second season June 15, drew 28 million viewers during its fall debut.  “Serialized content is working,” …
Andrew Blustein / The Drum:
Spotify rolls out podcast listener targeting in some countries, segmenting users based on podcasts they stream  —  Already building out its podcast business with a slew of acquisitions, Spotify is now segmenting users based on podcasts they stream.  —  Up until now, Spotify has only broken …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Amazon's IMDb renames its ad-supported streaming service FreeDive as IMDb TV, says it plans to launch in Europe later this year  —  Amazon's IMDb is upping the ante in the free, ad-supported premium video game.  —  IMDb has dumped Freedive as the name for the service it launched in January …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The Atlantic launches Daily Idea, a smart speaker skill that delivers a one-to-two minute summary of a recent or archived article  —  The Atlantic is launching a new skill for Amazon Echo and Google Home: A “single, illuminating idea” every weekday.  From the release:
Discussion: The Atlantic
Nicole Sperling / Vanity Fair:
Quibi to let show creators on its upcoming streaming service, to launch in April 2020, own and repackage their content after two years  —  The start-up promises content from filmmakers as illustrious as Steven Spielberg, Steven Soderbergh, and Antoine Fuqua.  It's coming for your phone.
Discussion: MediaPost and IndieWire
David Remnick / New Yorker:
Profiles of Doris Burke, “the LeBron James of sportscasters”, and other highly respected and popular women sports analysts and commentators  —  It is 2019 and cheerleaders are still a thing in the National Basketball Association.  The Chicago Luvabulls.  The Memphis Grizz Girls.
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
Some Instagram accounts claiming to donate meals to Sudan are actually exploiting the crisis and spreading misinformation in a bid to gain followers  —  As the political crisis in Sudan deepens, Instagram users are flocking to accounts that claim to be helping.
Discussion: @taylorlorenz and @adriennelaf
Alyssa Bereznak / The Ringer:
An overview of recommendation sites, from the highly trusted Wirecutter and Reviewed, to The Strategist's personality-driven picks, and some review aggregators  —  More like a dozen, actually, for every type of online purchase—from appliances to sandals, from sunscreen to digital cameras.
Discussion: @lschmeiser
James Walker / Press Gazette:
UK's JPI Media plans to close ten regional newspapers in addition to three already shuttered weeklies; staff will be moved to other titles  —  JPI Media has unveiled plans to axe a further ten regional newspapers, from Portsmouth to Glasgow, as it looks to shore up the “long-term stability of the business”.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Reuters Institute report: left-leaning audiences consume more news at digital news outlets in the US than right-leaning audiences  —  “Populists prefer to use television news,” and they're also spending more time on Facebook.  This week, Oxford's Reuters Institute for the Study …
Joern Poltz / Reuters:
Germany's ProSieben says Joyn, its free streaming service with Discovery, will launch on June 18 with ~50 channels, with a premium version coming this winter  —  MUNICH (Reuters) - German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Media will launch its streaming joint venture with Discovery Inc, on June 18 …
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
20 years since children's online protection law COPPA was passed, it has been weakened by court rulings, uneven enforcement, and relentless technological change  —  Two decades after Congress tried to wall off the worst of the Internet in hopes of protecting the privacy and innocence of children, the ramparts lie in ruins.
 
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