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5:10 AM ET, June 19, 2019

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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Spotify says Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency, launching in 2020, will help subscription services by reducing payment friction and opening new markets  —  When Facebook officially announced its plans for a new cryptocurrency called Libra Tuesday, it also revealed that Spotify was part …
BuzzFeed News:
Marcus Epstein, a former contributor to VDare with other white nationalist ties, has been writing opinion pieces for WSJ, National Review, The Hill, and others  —  A former Republican operative notorious for his connections to white nationalists has established himself as an opinion contributor …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
How The Washington Post, NBC News, and The Dallas Morning News are using TikTok to share news stories, or at least start participating in memes  —  “When I was a beat reporter, I used to look at national news and say: How can I localize this?  I feel like this is the other way around …
Amy Zimmerman / The Daily Beast:
Eight women accuse Max Landis, the “Bright” screenwriter and son of director John Landis, of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse  —  Eight accusers have come forward against the ‘Bright’ screenwriter and Hollywood scion alleging a pattern of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse that spans a decade.
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
Bloomberg:
In mainland China, the Hong Kong protests are scrubbed from search engine results and social networks, while state media blames the movement on US interference  —  - Information about mass marches removed from Chinese internet  — State media narrative blames protests on U.S. interference
Discussion: Slate
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Twitch has acquired social networking platform Bebo, source says for $25M, to bolster its esports business  —  While Facebook makes a bold move into cryptocurrency to capitalise on its multi-billion user base, a social network that was once a credible competitor to it has quietly been snapped up by a subsidiary of Amazon.
Tatiana Cirisano / Billboard:
Wixen sues Pandora for alleged copyright infringement, claims it displayed lyrics without authorization; Spotify settled a $1.6B suit brought by Wixen last year  —  Music publisher Wixen says Pandora is “willful and deliberate” in using unlicensed song lyrics on the platform.
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 …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Comcast adds eye control as an accessibility feature to its web-based remote control, says it supports all popular eye gaze hardware and software  —  Comcast is introducing eye control to its X1 cable platform, a new effort that the company says will improve the experience of watching TV …
 
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Jeanine Poggi / Ad Age:
Comcast joins Cox and Charter in urging the TV industry to expand addressable advertising, the ability for marketers to deliver ads at the household level
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Orlando Sentinel:
Orlando Sentinel announces 17 months before the presidential election that it will not endorse Trump, citing his “successful assault on truth”
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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
Discussion: Decider
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
Meaghan Winter / Columbia Journalism Review:
Even with the rise of state restrictions on abortion after 2010, reporting on the politics of reproductive health was too often siloed in women's publications
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
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
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