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12:25 PM ET, June 18, 2019


 Top News: 
Patrick Coffee / Adweek:
Advertisers, agencies, and social platforms form the Global Alliance for Responsible Media, a coalition to develop methods for protecting brands and consumers  —  Google, Facebook team up with agencies and advertisers for the Global Alliance for Responsible Media
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Reuters report: 32% of global respondents, including 41% in US, actively avoid news mainly as it negatively affects their mood, not because they don't trust it  —  The modern digitally connected human (Homo smartphonicus, identifiable by its trademark slumped shoulders and bleary eyes) …
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Federal jury orders VidAngel, a streaming service that filters out offensive material, to pay $62.4M to Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros. for copyright infringement  —  A jury on Monday ordered VidAngel to pay $62.4 million to Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros. for streaming hundreds of movies on its service without permission.
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: AT&T's WarnerMedia nears a deal with production company Bad Robot, run by J.J. Abrams and Katie McGrath, estimated to be valued at $500M  —  Bad Robot, the famed production company Abrams runs with his wife and co-CEO Katie McGrath, had been fielding offers from pretty …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Internet companies that call themselves “platforms” instead of publishers have no special legal protections or obligations under the Communications Decency Act  —  Alexis Madrigal, over at the Atlantic has a mostly interesting piece recounting the history of how the big internet …
Lillian Rizzo / Wall Street Journal:
TV station owners CBS, Cox, Scripps, Fox, and Tegna settle Justice Department antitrust charges that they illegally coordinated on sales of local ad spots  —  CBS, Cox and others agree to stop sharing competitively sensitive information for seven years  —  A group of five television station owners …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Authentic Brands licenses SI's digital and print rights to The Maven, which prepaid $45M for royalties over 10 years; Ross Levinsohn to be CEO of SI media line  —  Sports Illustrated's media operations are getting a new operator.  —  Authentic Brands Group — a licensing firm headed …
Orlando Sentinel:
Orlando Sentinel announces 17 months before the presidential election that it will not endorse Trump, citing his “successful assault on truth”  —  Donald Trump is in Orlando to announce the kickoff of his re-election campaign.  —  We're here to announce our endorsement for president in 2020 …
Jason Lynch / Adweek:
After WarnerMedia's exit from the TV audience targeting platform, OpenAP partners with NCC Media, letting advertisers use OpenAP to buy across NCC's inventory  —  Advertisers can use the audience targeting platform's segment definitions across NCC's 85 million households
Discussion: Ad Age, MediaPost and PR Newswire
YouTube Kids, intended as a haven from the dangers of the main YouTube site, is used by just 20M+ people a week, compared to the main site's 2B+ monthly users  —  There's a safer version of YouTube, but the company knows most children don't watch it  —  In late May, the advocacy group …
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Wendy Lee / Los Angeles Times:
Sources: Amazon is pulling back from producing new original animated kids programming, opting instead for family-friendly shows and young adult content
Rebecca Worby / Pacific Standard:
In a case that may affect social media, SCOTUS says First Amendment rules against “state actors” controlling speech don't apply to public access TV operators
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
With 40% of its audience outside the US and distribution deals with iFlix and Canada's Corus, Complex plans to expand its offices to Asia and Europe
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
BuzzFeed News staffers walked out of all four US bureaus Monday, citing mismanagement, pay disparities and job cuts as they push for recognition of their union
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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
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