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11:05 AM ET, November 30, 2018

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Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Source: Mic Network has agreed to sell to Bustle Digital Group for about $5M, a fraction of Mic's valuation of $100M based on its investment round in April 2017  —  Struggling digital publisher lays off most of its staff ahead of sale  —  Digital publisher Mic Network Inc. has agreed …
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Peter Kafka / Recode:
Mic has laid off a majority of its 100-person staff ahead of Bustle acquisition; publisher Cory Haik has already left, sources say the cofounders will remain
US Day One Blog:
Apple Music will be available on Amazon Echo devices beginning the week of December 17  —  Apple Music is coming to Echo devices in the coming weeks.  —  Music has always been one of Alexa's most popular features and today we're excited to announce that Apple Music will be available on Echo devices beginning the week of December 17.
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Unionized Financial Times journalists passed a vote of no confidence in the FT's CEO, John Ridding, citing lack of transparency, high executive pay  —  NUJ chapel passes vote saying Ridding has not acknowledged or addressed serious concerns  —  Journalists at the Financial Times have passed …
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Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Opinion: As Facebook clamps down on fake news, Russian trolls and Nazis, it has also banned innocent people, proving it can't be trusted to regulate itself  —  In its effort to clamp down on fake news, Russian trolls and Nazis, the social media giant has also started banning innocent people …
Discussion: @normative
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
AMI is trying to raise $450M to refinance multiple loans, including a $100M loan that was used to buy Bauer Publishing's celebrity titles  —  National Enquirer and Us Weekly publisher American Media Inc. is attempting for a second time in four months to refinance its mountain of debt.
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Food52 becomes the ninth food channel on free video streaming service Xumo; distribution is free as publishers provide content and collect ad revenue  —  Food52 is looking to establish a presence on over-the-top streaming video environments.  —  The commerce-driven food publisher is launching …
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Facebook will exempt ads from eligible news outlets from its political ad archive in the UK, a policy it plans to extend to the US and Brazil pending UK tests  —  Social network to act against ‘dark adverts’ with compulsory disclaimers saying who paid  —  Every political advert on Facebook …
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
The CEO of the US Agency for Global Media, which oversees VOA and other US government media, apologizes for a Radio Martí show that attacked George Soros  —  The head of a U.S. government agency has apologized to George Soros and his Open Society Foundations for the airing of a program …
 
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Alt-right commentator Laura Loomer handcuffed self to Twitter NYC door to protest her ban from the service; NYPD cut cuffs at Loomer's request after a few hours
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Though Fox rebuked its personalities for appearing in campaign rallies and providing interviewees with scripts, it's unclear if it has formal ethics standards
AllAccess.com:
Leon Neyfakh, a Slate reporter and host of the Slow Burn podcast, says he's leaving to launch a podcast on past political scandals in the first half of 2019
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook debuts its “Today In” local news digest in its app in 400 US cities and is testing Local Alerts with 100 local government and first responder Pages