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2:15 PM ET, December 4, 2019

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Brad Kutner / Courthouse News Service:
Rep. Devin Nunes sues CNN, claiming CNN aired false statements about Nunes by Lev Parnas; same lawyer represents Nunes against @DevinCow, Twitter, and McClatchy  —  RICHMOND, Va. (CN) - Delivering on a promise made on Fox News last month, Republican Congressman Devin Nunes filed …
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Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Phone records show calls between journalist John Solomon and Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani, while Solomon was posting at The Hill about Ukraine  —  (CNN)Armed with never-before-seen phone records, Democrats on Tuesday accused President Donald Trump's allies of coordinating …
Nic Newman / Nieman Lab:
Reuters report on podcasts finds local news pods flourishing; print and digital outlets focus more on deep dives, as broadcasters tend toward micro-bulletins  —  “The big change is commercial, which is that we had advertisers who started to come to us last year and say …
Marton Dunai / Reuters:
Six international press watchdogs say the EU should take action against Hungary as it has “systematically dismantled media independence” under Viktor Orban  —  BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary has stifled its independent media and imposed a level of control over journalists …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple News launches a daily email newsletter with summaries written by Apple's editorial team  —  Apple News is expanding its mail notifications with a new ‘Good Morning’ daily newsletter.  Previously, users could opt in to receive email alerts from Apple News about select featured stories.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Plex launches a free, ad-supported streaming service featuring thousands of movies and shows from studios like MGM, available in ~220 countries  —  Plex today is launching its own ad-supported streaming service, a rival to The Roku Channel, Tubi, Crackle, Vudu's Movies on Us …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's The Daily Telegraph says it now has 420K paying subs, the first time it's had more subs online than in print, and aims to add 100K more by October 2020  —  The Telegraph now has more paying subscribers online than in print for the first time in its 164-year history.
Sara Guaglione / MediaPost:
Rolling Stone turns its 50-year-old franchise The Rolling Stone Interview into a video series, available only on its website  —  Rolling Stone is turning “The Rolling Stone Interview,” its 50-year-old franchise featuring conversations with notable names in culture and music, into a video series.
Discussion: Rolling Stone, @emilybell and Page Six
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Advocates for a Singapore-style law that holds social media platforms responsible for misinformation should consider that it may end up being used against them  —  How misinformation laws get used against the people who advocate for them  —  On Sunday evening, 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl sat …
Discussion: @imaadmajeed
 
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Report from UK-based charity Article 19: media and digital freedom of expression is lower than a decade ago everywhere but the Middle East and North Africa
Dani Deahl / The Verge:
Genius sues Google and LyricFind alleging anticompetitive behavior and that song lyrics on its service were stolen, asking for $50M in damages
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Following its ACLU settlement, Facebook says its US ads that involve housing, employment, or credit can't target based on age, gender, ZIP code, or race
Discussion: Wired and Gizmodo
Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Tribune announces a three-year, ~$4M initiative called RevLab, a revenue and training lab, with a starting $2.5M donation from Facebook Journalism Project
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Bloomberg Media is rebranding its social media news network from TicToc to QuickTake by Bloomberg, which will launch its own streaming news channel in 2020
Apple:
Apple announces first ever Apple Music Awards with ceremony on December 4; Album of the Year and Song of the Year were determined based on streaming data