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11:30 AM ET, November 28, 2018


 Top News: 
Amanda Bennett / Washington Post:
Trump recently suggested the US needs a state-controlled “Worldwide Network” as he again criticized media; it already exists as the independent Voice of America  —  “Something has to be done,” President Trump tweeted Monday.  —  Frustrated by CNN, with which he has an ongoing beef …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Starting next year, YouTube says its original content will be free and supported by ads, instead of being behind a premium paywall  —  YouTube has concluded that its investments in original programming are better placed on the free, ad-supported side — not behind a paywall.
Voice of America:
Paul Manafort and WikiLeaks both deny that Manafort met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange; Manafort threatens legal action against The Guardian  —  Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is denying a Guardian newspaper report that he met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange three times …
The Guardian:
Sources: Paul Manafort had multiple meetings with WikiLeaks, including one meeting in 2016, just months before WikiLeaks released DNC dossier
Kara Swisher / Recode:
The Emerson Collective, the social impact firm run by Laurene Powell Jobs, buys Pop-Up Magazine Productions, which also publishes California Sunday Magazine  —  The social impact firm makes another media acquisition, this time of the publisher of California Sunday Magazine and Pop-Up Magazine events.
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
Philanthropist Judith Neilson says she is funding a AU$100M institute, The Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism & Ideas, in Sydney  —  Neilson wants to 'support evidence-based journalism and the pursuit of truth in an increasingly complicated world'  —  Billionaire philanthropist …
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
The DOJ indicts eight men on charges related to a global ad fraud scheme discovered with the help of about 15 tech companies, including Google and White Ops  —  In August 2017, the FBI organized a secret meeting of digital advertising and cybersecurity experts in a secure room in a Manhattan federal building.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Disney is moving all of its brands to Google Ad Manager and will drop Comcast's FreeWheel from use by ESPN and ABC Television Group; deal does not include Hulu  —  The Walt Disney Co. is moving all of its digital brands and properties worldwide — including Disney, ABC, ESPN, Freeform …
Neil Shah / Wall Street Journal:
Q&A: Universal Music Executive VP Michele Anthony on becoming an artist lawyer, the problems faced by women in music, and the future of streaming  —  The Universal Music executive on cutting school, the hurdles women face in music and what's next for streaming services
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Whitney Houston's ex-husband is suing Showtime Networks, the BBC, and the producers of a documentary about the singer for $2M over footage used  —  Misappropriation of publicity rights is alleged in the $2 million complaint as well as breach of an agreement not to use footage from the Bravo reality series, “Being Bobby Brown”
Azam Ahmed / New York Times:
Friends of slain journalist Javier Valdez say there was an attempt to hack their phones the day after his murder  —  MEXICO CITY — The messages arrived at a familiar moment of crisis for Mexico's fragile journalist community — another reporter killed in the line of duty.
Discussion: Metacurity
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Sharon White, CEO of UK media regulator Ofcom, has said the BBC and UK broadcasters should collaborate on a Netflix competitor  —  “If the growth of Netflix and Amazon tells us one thing, it is that viewers will flock to single destinations that offer a wide variety of quality content," …
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John Carucci / Associated Press:
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Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Facebook says alleged “entities” pulling billions of Facebook data points per day in 2014 were legitimate API calls from Pinterest with no connection to Russia
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Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
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Leigh Cuen / CoinDesk:
Current and former employees of news orgs sponsored by the blockchain startup Civil say they haven't received the compensation they were promised when hired