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3:15 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.”
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” …
Discussion: Nieman Lab
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Adweek
Associated Press:
Journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates deleted his Twitter account following a contentious exchange with Cornell West in which Richard Spencer became involved  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Ta-Nehisi Coates has had enough.  The influential author and journalist has deleted his widely followed Twitter account, writing “peace, y'all.
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with David Axelrod about The Axe Files, his podcast for low-key conversational interviews; podcasts' popularity; and the challenges facing local newsrooms  —  “I'm not there to ask the top-ten kind of news questions of the day.  I'm there to find out who people are and who motivates them …
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.
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 …
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RJ Vogt / McSweeney's:
Former Myanmar Times reporter details the censorship that ruined the paper during his 15 months there
Jonah Engel Bromwich / New York Times:
Profiles of three current and one former volunteer moderator of KnowYourMeme, a Brooklyn-based website explaining the internet's inside jokes
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