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8:10 PM ET, December 19, 2017


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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.
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.
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
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 …
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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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
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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
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