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3:25 AM ET, November 19, 2017

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Bloomberg:
With ads hard to sell and VC hard to raise, sources say media startups like Defy Media and Uproxx consider, like Mashable, selling to bigger companies  —  Defy Media, Uproxx also weigh sale as capital to grow dries up  —  Web publishers that made ‘pivot to video’ struggle to sell ads
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David Shepardson / Reuters:
FCC approves ATSC 3.0 TV broadcast standard, dubbed “Next Gen TV”, with interactive features, UHD support, and geotargeted emergency alerts and advertisements  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Thursday approved the use of new technology that will improve picture quality …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Axios raises $20M to fund newsroom expansion, plans to increase staffing to 150 by the end of 2018  —  The 10-month-old media startup plans to increase staffing to 150 by the end of 2018, develop new coverage areas, and expand its data analysis and product offerings
Katharine Viner / The Guardian:
Katharine Viner on the history of the Guardian and its mission for the future: collaborate with readers to empower them, diversify, offer fair reporting, more  —  In a turbulent era, the media must define its values and principles, writes Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner
Discussion: The Drum and Press Gazette
New York Times:
With $600M stake in Meredith's offer to buy Time Inc., the Kochs inch closer to becoming media moguls  —  Four years ago, Charles G. and David H. Koch seemed poised to control some of the country's biggest newspapers.  Known for using their vast wealth and network of donors to advance …
Discussion: Publishing Executive
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Interview with Funny or Die CEO Mike Farah on partnering with AMC, remaining independent, scale, and how most virality is driven by Facebook  —  Mike Farah discusses the evolution of digital content, partnering with AMC and charting an independent path: “I don't like to chase.
Tom Turula / Business Insider:
Spotify announces it has acquired Soundtrap, a collaborative online music recording startup, reportedly for at least $30M  —  Spotify is buying Swedish music tech startup Soundtrap for an undisclosed amount.  —  Soundtrap is a collaborative online recording studio that was valued at $25 million (SEK 207 million) last year.
Amanda Robb / Rolling Stone:
An investigation into the roots of Pizzagate: the real people behind some of the social accounts that later were amplified by bots  —  Inside the web of conspiracy theorists, Russian operatives, Trump campaigners and Twitter bots who manufactured the ‘news’ that Hillary Clinton ran a pizza-restaurant child-sex ring
Ryan Ori / Chicago Tribune:
Tronc says the Chicago Tribune will leave Tribune Tower in Q2 2018, leasing space in a building overlooking Millennium Park  —  Built in 1925, the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower was designed by New York architects Raymond Hood and John Mead Howells, who won a contest held by Tribune co-publishers …
Rick Stengel / Politico:
Former US under secretary of state describes the Russian disinformation campaign on Crimea in 2014 and how the same tactics were used in the 2016 US election  —  Russian disinformation around Ukraine set the stage for the Kremlin's election meddling here.  Clinton saw it coming, but couldn't stop it.
 
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Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Vice Media suspends Jason Mojica, head of documentary film unit, as part of an investigation into sexual harassment allegations
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter confirms it is testing a feature that will make it easier to publish tweetstorms
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Forbes says it is reducing print frequency from 14 issues/year to 10 and also cutting 20 people from payroll
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Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
Vox Media editorial and video staffers announce plans to join Writers Guild of America East
The Guardian:
At News Corp AGM, Murdoch says “our hands are...full making our existing papers viable” and that digital advertising has been “tremendously damaging to print”
Discussion: CNNMoney
Sean Illing / Vox:
New study finds China uses “cheerleading”, or flooding the internet with positive news in order to eclipse bad news, as a method to manipulate its population
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook rebrands Mentions, which was only available for verified accounts, as Creator app, opens it to all; app available on iOS now and Android within months
The Daily Beast:
Freedom of the Press Foundation plans to stop routing funds to WikiLeaks after funneling $500K in donations over 5 years; Xeni Jardin left group in December