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12:30 AM ET, November 22, 2019


 Top News: 
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.
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 …
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 several sites owned by Ken LaCorte push inflammatory items — stories, petitions and the occasional conspiracy theory — to the public.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Susan Wojcicki says YouTube is working to bring ads to edgier content and its new gaming policy will have fewer restrictions for violence in gaming  —  There's a difference between borderline and edgy content  —  YouTube is experimenting with placing advertisements for more mature audiences …
The International Fact-Checking Network will partner with Univision to elevate international fact-checking for Spanish-language audiences in the US  —  The Poynter Institute announces that its International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) will partner with Univision News to elevate international fact-checks …
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
Sahil Patel / Wall Street Journal:
Ad measurement firm Integral Ad Science has acquired European ad tech firm ADmantX, which provides info on context and content of articles on which ads run  —  ADmantX helps brands understand the content on web pages where their ads could run  —  Integral Ad Science Inc. has acquired ADmantX SpA …
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Inside Spotify's plan to dominate audio by spending hundreds of millions on exclusive podcasts and recruiting Jordan Peele, Mark Wahlberg and the Obamas  —  Having helped transform the music industry, Ek and content chief Dawn Ostroff set their sights (and your ears) on spending hundreds …
Thomas Germain / Consumer Reports:
How outdoor ad networks like Five Tier let clients plan and target billboard ads based on mobile phone data about passersby such as gender, age, race, and more  —  How the most intrusive parts of the web are expanding into the real world, complete with data collection and targeted ads
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  —  New York (CNN Business)Let's take a close look at what's happening at three of the biggest newspaper owners in the United States.
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
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Alexander Marrow / Reuters:
Russia's lower house of parliament passed legislation on Thursday that could allow journalists to be labeled foreign agents if they get funding from abroad
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Priscilla Alvarez / CNN:
ACLU files lawsuit against Department of Homeland Security for allegedly tracking and interrogating five photojournalists between 2018 and 2019
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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
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
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