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8:30 AM ET, December 20, 2018


 Top News: 
Ashley Cullins / Hollywood Reporter:
District court judge rules in BuzzFeed's favor in lawsuit from tech exec Aleksej Gubarev after publication of Steele dossier, citing the fair report privilege  —  The outlet can't evade a defamation claim from Aleksej Gubarev by arguing he must show actual malice.
Two residents of Fergus Falls, MN, detail what Claas Relotius of Der Spiegel fabricated or got wrong when he visited to write about US rural support of Trump  —  In February 2017, my husband and I attended a concert at our local theater, and were sipping some wine in the lobby before the show started.
Spiegel Online:
Der Spiegel says editor and reporter Claas Relotius partially or wholly fabricated at least 14 articles, including some that were nominated for or won awards  —  In recent years, DER SPIEGEL published just under 60 articles by reporter and editor Claas Relotius.
Ime Archibong / Facebook:
Facebook confirms Spotify, Netflix, Dropbox, and RBC had read/write/delete access for messaging integrations, says it was experimental and ended three years ago  —  In the past day, we've been accused of disclosing people's private messages to partners without their knowledge.
Konstantinos Papamiltiadis / Facebook:
Facebook says it shared data with integration partners only when users signed in with their Facebook accounts to access features on other platforms, devices
New York Times:
Documents show Facebook gave ~150 companies, including NYT, Yahoo, and other media access to more user data than disclosed; FB says it didn't violate FTC decree
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Bloomberg is expanding TicToc beyond Twitter, adding the general news video service to airport screens in the US and Canada and planning its own platform for Q1  —  Bloomberg Media thinks its one-year-old TicToc news brand has cracked the code on delivering bite-size chunks of news and analysis …
Discussion: @apbenven, Thanks:@steverubel
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Ad boycotts of Tucker Carlson Tonight were inevitable after people publicly objected to racist messages and Fox News abdicated its role of supervising a host  —  In October, Tucker Carlson boasted about how he could say anything he wants to say on his prime-time Fox News program …
Scott Moritz / Bloomberg:
Sources: T-Mobile is delaying the launch of its TV service, which was planned for this year, after the project proved more complex than expected  —  - Carrier has been touting project as a way to disrupt cable TV  — Delay comes at awkward time for Sprint deal's regulatory push
Eliza Dushku / The Boston Globe:
Eliza Dushku says Michael Weatherly bragged about ties with Les Moonves and says her manager was told Dushku would be “out of the business” if she sued CBS  —  The narrative propagated by CBS, actor Michael Weatherly, and writer-producer Glenn Gordon Caron is deceptive …
WNYC News:
Laura Walker, New York Public Radio president since 1996, is stepping down when her contract expires in June after a tumultuous year for the organization  —  Longtime New York Public Radio President Laura R. Walker will step down next year.  In a letter emailed to staff, Walker said she and the Board …
Discussion: @yasmeenkhan
Zach Baron / GQ:
A look at how The Fresno Bee newspaper and its reporters are coping as Rep. Devin Nunes wages a public campaign against them  —  Local newspapers like The Fresno Bee have long been an endangered institution in America, and that was before California Rep. Devin Nunes began waging a public campaign against his hometown paper.
Maureen Farrell / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Pinterest is planning an IPO that could come as soon as April 2019, expecting a $12B+ valuation, and is on track for $700M+ revenue in 2018, up 50% YoY  —  Social-media company could choose bankers for the offering as early as January  —  Pinterest Inc. is actively preparing …
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Greg Dool / Folio:
Interview with Skift founder and CEO Rafat Ali on leadership, subscription products, the Skift Foundation, and the shortcomings of media-on-media coverage
Discussion: @foliomag, @rafat, @rafat and @rafat, Thanks:@steverubel
Brent Lang / Variety:
Study: consumers who visited a movie theatre 9+ times in the last 12 months consumed more streaming content than those who'd visited 1-2 times
Maria Bustillos / Popula:
Popula becomes the first site using Civil to archive a full story's text with Ethereum, keeping the text safe from corporate reshufflings that can kill archives
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Committee to Protect Journalists:
The number of journalists murdered in retaliation for their reporting nearly doubled YoY in 2018 to 34