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1:35 AM ET, December 20, 2017


 Top News: 
David Uberti / Splinter:
An audio recording of Ziff Davis executives' first meeting with Mashable staff sheds light on how the site is to be folded into existing e-commerce business  —  The recent trajectory of tech site Mashable has put it at the forefront of some of the worst trends reshaping digital media.
Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
Leaked documents: before sale Mashable lost $4.2M in three months through September, was set to miss revenue targets, and relied heavily on digital advertising
Lev Garcia Flores / Associated Press:
Mexican reporter Gumaro Pérez was shot and killed in Veracruz on Tuesday by attackers while he was attending Christmas party at his son's school  — 3eca7a03dd52  —  XALAPA, Mexico (AP) — Attackers burst into an elementary school where a Christmas party …
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.”
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.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Prompted by the “de-badging” of Milo Yiannopoulos, internal emails show confusion among Twitter execs over user verification policies and meaning of the badge  —  Emails suggest that verification was never quite what Twitter said it was and that the company was aware it served …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Rep. Marsha Blackburn proposes bill to ban site blocking and throttling but allow fast lanes and bar FCC from regulating ISPs as common carriers under Title II  —  FCC would be permanently barred from using Title II authority over broadband.  —  A Republican lawmaker is proposing …
New York Times:
Firm pulls out of $120K contract to provide media monitoring to EPA after report that top executive was investigating EPA staff critical of Trump administration  —  WASHINGTON — A consulting firm has pulled out of a federal contract to provide media monitoring services to the Environmental Protection Agency …
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Todd Spangler / Variety: announces $50M Creator Fund to support users by financing college scholarships, co-development deals with individual video creators, more
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
Discussion: Screen Rant and Adweek
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
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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
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Thuy Ong / The Verge:
Twitter's new policies on violence, abuse, and hateful conduct do not apply to military or govt entities, appearing to provide a loophole for Trump's tweets