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1:40 PM ET, December 19, 2017


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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google Chrome will start natively blocking ads that do not comply with Coalition for Better Ads guidelines on February 15  —  In June, Google revealed that Chrome will stop showing all ads (including those owned or served by Google) on websites that display non-compliant ads “starting in early 2018.”
Katherine Goldstein / Vox:
Sexual harassment and lack of institutional support has driven some female journalists out of the industry, like ex-Washington Post intern Kate Havard  —  “I was someone who could have gone somewhere.”  —  “Damn, you look hot today.”  —  It was 2013.  Kate Havard was a reporting intern …
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Benjamin Freed / Washingtonian:
Washington City Paper says staff salaries will be cut by 40% starting January 1 as owner struggles to find a buyer; staff expect pay to fall below $30K a year  —  Staff expect their pay to drop below $30,000 a year, which a source describes as “unlivable.”  —  Employees of Washington City Paper …
Todd Spangler / Variety: announces $50M Creator Fund to support users by financing college scholarships, co-development deals with individual video creators, more  —, which makes a short-form video app popular among teens, announced that it is investing up to $50 million in a fund to support its users — or “Musers,” as it calls them.
Filip Struhárik:
Facebook's Explore Feed test led to a 52% drop in interactions for Slovakian mainstream news sites, but only a 29% drop for disinformation sites  —  Five things we learned when Facebook's Explore Feed destroyed our organic reach.  —  Two months ago, Facebook launched major “reach-killing” …
Facebook clamps down on “engagement bait”, or requests for Likes/shares, by demoting them in the News Feed; publishers will see diminished reach within weeks
RJ Vogt / McSweeney's:
Former Myanmar Times reporter details the censorship that ruined the paper during his 15 months there  —  The following is a piece by RJ Vogt excerpted from McSweeney's Issue 51.  In light of the distressing recent arrests of journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo in Myanmar …
Myanmar government says case against Reuters journalists accused of violating Official Secrets Act can proceed
Christopher Zara / Fast Company:
PwC: the number of Americans who subscribe to cable TV is now on par with the number who subscribe to Netflix  —  The balance of power in pay television is shifting.  In one corner, we have Netflix.  In the other corer, we have everyone else.  —  According to a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers …
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Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
The Atlantic to launch a metered paywall in January, which will let readers access 10 free articles per month
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
Bloomberg launches TicToc, a 24-hour news channel only on Twitter that combines live video, reported segments, and a curated Twitter stream
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Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
Condé Nast representative confirms more layoffs are coming to the company but would not confirm the exact number
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ESPN President John Skipper has resigned, citing a substance addiction; George Bodenheimer is taking over as acting chairman of the company