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6:05 AM ET, November 16, 2018


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: DOJ is preparing to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange; exact charges are unclear but could possibly involve the Espionage Act  —  Over the past year, U.S. prosecutors have discussed several types of charges they could potentially bring against the WikiLeaks founder
Washington Post:
Court filings in an unrelated case and sources reveal prosecutors have charged Julian Assange under seal, but the nature of charges remains unclear  —  WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange has been charged under seal, prosecutors inadvertently revealed in a recently unsealed court filing …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Facebook to demote “borderline content” in News Feed by default and let users appeal content moderation decisions to an independent body  —  The new term is ‘borderline content’  —  Facebook is once again tweaking how stories spread through the News Feed, this time going after posts that are …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Judge postpones his decision until Friday in CNN's preliminary hearing against the White House over Jim Acosta's press pass  —  (CNN)Lawyers for CNN and the Trump administration are awaiting an initial ruling on the network's federal lawsuit over press access to the White House.
Responding to CNN's lawsuit, the Department of Justice says the White House can pick and choose which journalists it grants permanent press passes to
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox, ABC, NBC, NYT, AP, Bloomberg, First Look Media, Politico, EW Scripps, USA Today, and WaPo say they are filing amicus briefs supporting CNN in WH lawsuit
NBC News:
Definers, the lobbying firm used by Facebook, runs a “news” site with positive posts on clients, negative posts on rivals, and a Facebook page followed by 120K+  —  Facebook's ties to Definers Public Affairs, first reported on Wednesday in The New York Times, sparked widespread criticism and accusations of hypocrisy.
Karl Bode / Techdirt:
Facebook's use of Definers Public Affairs is by no means unique, mirroring the way the telecom industry uses think tanks, PR firms, and bogus news operations  —  So by now most people have probably read the New York Times deep dive into what can only be described as Facebook's deep well of internal dysfunction and self delusion.
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Apple signs a multiyear deal with a top independent studio, New York-based A24, for a slate of films  —  Apple is enlisting Oscar-winning indie studio A24 to produce a slate of films for the tech behemoth.  The partnership comes as Apple is delving more deeply into making its own shows and movies …
Benjamin Oreskes / Los Angeles Times:
After covering last year's Oroville dam failure, Chico Enterprise-Record editor David Little knew to prioritize nuts-and-bolts information for the CA Camp fire  —  It's an iconic if horrifying shot of the Camp fire pulverizing Paradise — a large ball of grayish-black smoke with fire radiating on the right …
Ed Christman / Billboard:
Universal Music Group reported $1.73B revenue for Q3 as streaming revenue hits $767M, a 37.6% increase YoY; parent Vivendi narrows bankers for partial UMG sale  —  Parent company Vivendi says it is narrowing down banks to help sell as much as half of the major record label.
Discussion: Financial Times
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
The absence of local fact-checking during key midterm races in NV, NM, OH, PA exemplifies the decline of local fact-checking alongside local journalism  —  In the lead up to the midterms in the United States, plenty of fact-checkers covered contentious political battles around the country.
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John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
FCC Chair Ajit Pai says he plans to stay in his post at least through the next two years
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Kali Hays / WWD:
Sources: Seventeen magazine is cutting down its print edition from the current bimonthly schedule to special standalone issues starting next year
Discussion: Folio
Gerret Von Nordheim / European Journalism Observatory:
Study: analysis of 3M articles from 2004 to 2016 shows quotations of social media plateaued at the start of the decade but have increased in the last few years