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2:35 PM ET, November 21, 2019


 Top News: 
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter rolls out its “Hide Replies” feature to all users globally  —  Twitter's radical “Hide Replies” feature, one of the biggest changes to how Twitter works since the invention of the Retweet, is now available to Twitter's global user base.  The company says the feature …
Scott Spencer / The Keyword:
Google announces new political ad rules, limits microtargeting to age, gender, and general location categories, will start enforcing them in UK within a week  —  We're proud that people around the world use Google to find relevant information about elections and that candidates use Google …
New York Times:
Google's limits on microtargeting of political ads for state and federal candidates shakes up ad plans and frustrates both Democrats and Republicans  —  The company said the ads would not be directed specifically to audiences based on their public voter records or political affiliations.
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Former Fox News exec Ken LaCorte hired Macedonians to write inflammatory content for his websites; Facebook shut down his pages and staff accounts after inquiry  —  An investigation found that a former Fox News executive hired Macedonians to write culturally and politically divisive content for his websites.
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
PEN America report: 1,800 local print outlets have shut down in the US since 2004, leaving Americans uninformed and public officials not held to account  —  The loss of local news coverage in much of the United States has frayed communities and left many Americans woefully uninformed, according to a new report.
Emily Glazer / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook sought feedback from large Republican and Democratic political ad buyers about changing ad targeting audience size from 100 to a few thousand  —  Company is considering boosting the minimum amount of people who can be targeted by specific ads from 100 to a few thousand
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
By selling his Tribune stake to Alden Global Capital, the worst newspaper owner in the US, Michael Ferro invited in vultures, signaling more news deserts ahead  —  Is it the apocalypse, or just an unreasonable facsimile?  —  In a week of newspaper industry drama — GateHouse's expected takeover …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
This week is a major turning point for daily newspapers in the US, with bankers deciding what will be defined as news, and who will be employed to report it
Priscilla Alvarez / CNN:
ACLU files lawsuit against Department of Homeland Security for allegedly tracking and interrogating five photojournalists between 2018 and 2019  —  Washington (CNN)The Department of Homeland Security violated the First Amendment when it allegedly tracked and interrogated five journalists between 2018 …
Mikey Smith /
Conservative Party bans the Daily Mirror from its campaign bus, blaming its critical coverage of Johnson; the Mirror is the only major national paper excluded  —  EXCLUSIVE: For the first time ever the Mirror was excluded from the Conservative Party's campaign coach - with senior aides blaming criticism of the Prime Minister
Kayla Hoey / Her Campus Media:
Her Campus Media has acquired Spoon University, which uses content from college creators and partners with food brands for college marketing  —  Her Campus Media, the #1 media company for college women and 360-degree college marketing agency, announced today that it has acquired Spoon University …
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Minute Media acquires Derek Jeter's Players' Tribune, which will continue to exist as a standalone brand  —  Digital platform Minute Media acquires site the former Yankee created for athletes to tell their stories  —  The Players' Tribune, the digital media venture launched by former …
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Ronan Shields / Adweek:
Demand-side platform The Trading Desk joins independent ad tech coalition Prebid, making it a more attractive alternative to Google and Facebook
Miami Herald:
Journalists at McClatchy's Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald voted 66-24 on Wednesday in favor of having a union represent newsroom staffers
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
A lawyer for impeachment witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman has asked Fox News for a retraction of a guest's claim that Vindman was involved in espionage
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