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11:35 AM ET, November 26, 2019


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Max Read / New York Magazine:
Q&A with Jonah Peretti on BuzzFeed in the 2010s: how microtargeting enables polarization, turning points like the Boston Marathon and Steele, unionization, more  —  As the decade began, there were rea­sons to be optimistic: America had elected its first black president …
Lara O'Reilly / Digiday:
Mozilla says it will block the IAB's DigiTrust universal ID, after updating its policies to reject products that let other services track users  —  Mozilla intends to block the DigiTrust consortium from tracking users in its Firefox browser, a blow for the IAB-led effort to create …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
SCOTUS declines to intervene in defamation suit brought against the National Review, though Alito dissents: it goes “to the very heart of” freedom of the press  —  A climate scientist may pursue his defamation lawsuit against a conservative magazine and a libertarian Washington …
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
SCOTUS declines to review 4-3 ruling from Maryland court that refused a new trial for Adnan Syed, whose case gained widespread attention from the Serial podcast
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Netflix has signed a lease to keep NYC's iconic Paris Theater open and will use the space for special events, screenings, and theatrical releases of its films  —  New York's Paris Theater is now home to Netflix Originals  —  Netflix has signed a lease to keep New York City's iconic Paris Theater open …
Julie Reynolds / DFM Workers:
SEC filing: Alden Global Capital began buying Tribune Publishing stock on Oct. 30 and, with its $118M share purchase last week, now owns 32% of Tribune  —  New filing shows “America's worst newspaper owners” have bought almost a third of the news giant  —  “The old world is over …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Former executive sues CBS, alleging age and race discrimination; suit says minorities are relegated to sitting in back rows and sometimes excluded from meetings  —  Ghen Maynard, who developed such shows as ‘Survivor’ and ‘Amazing Race,’ alleges CBS mistreats minorities.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Genvid Technologies raises $27M Series B for its interactive streaming platform, which helps users monetize livestreams via sponsorships and in-stream purchases  —  Genvid Technologies has raised $27 million in funding for its interactive streaming engine.  Galaxy Interactive …
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
The AP partners with Report For America to fund 14 new statehouse journalists, lasting for eighteen months and beginning next June  —  Five years ago, Pew Research published an alarming report — statehouse coverage from newspapers was shrinking.  From 2003 to 2014, it declined by 35%.
Jason Lynch / Adweek:
Fox Sports has sold all 77 ad units for the Super Bowl, set for February 2, the first time since 2014 it has sold out more than a few days before the game  —  All 77 units have been snapped up, for as much as $5.6 million per 30-second spot  —  Key Insights:
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Memo from Bloomberg EIC says the pub won't investigate Michael Bloomberg or other Democratic presidential candidates and “there will be no unsigned editorials”  —  New York (CNN Business)Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait on Sunday sent a note to staffers addressing …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Michael Bloomberg could have entirely recused himself from decision-making or influence at Bloomberg News, but he has instead stabbed its journalistic heart
Tom Hals / Reuters:
Judge orders CBS to turn over documents regarding its Viacom merger to a shareholder who's looking into whether the deal unfairly benefits Shari Redstone  —  (Reuters) - A Delaware judge on Monday ordered broadcaster CBS Corp to turn over records regarding its plan to reunite with Viacom Inc …
Stewart Clarke / Variety:
Starz says its streaming app Starzplay has launched in Brazil, France, Germany, Mexico, and the UK, with plans to roll out in 20 more countries in 2020  —  Starz has launched its direct-to-consumer StarzPlay streaming app in Brazil, France, Germany, Mexico and the U.K. and plans to roll it out in another 20 territories in 2020.
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
Singapore's “fake news” law invoked for the first time, after Facebook post from opposition lawmaker implied the gov't was responsible for a failing investment  —  Singapore invoked its “fake news” law for the first time Monday, making a citizen amend a Nov. 13 post that the government said used …
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