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12:30 PM ET, December 5, 2019


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Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
CBS and Viacom finalized their merger after market close Wednesday, combining CBS with Paramount, alongside Viacom channels including MTV and Nickelodeon  —  CBS and Viacom are finally, really, back to together.  Less than four months after announcing their intentions to rejoin as one company …
New York Times:
Rudy Giuliani is in Europe interviewing Ukrainians for an OANN documentary series, which is being promoted as a Republican alternative to impeachment hearings  —  President Trump's personal lawyer has been in Budapest and Kyiv this week to talk with former Ukrainian prosecutors …
Ravi Somaiya / Columbia Journalism Review:
Digital journalists at respectable news outlets play a role in amplifying false videos and other social media junk; they should thoroughly report before posting  —  At 1:15pm Eastern on Wednesday, May 22, a Trump supporter named Shawn Brooks posted a video on Facebook called “Is Nancy Pelosi drunk?”
Allison Schiff / AdExchanger:
Ogury, a mobile ad network featuring a consent management platform for publishers to manage consent, raises $50M led by Idinvest Partners, for a total of $92M  —  Mobile data company Ogury raised $50 million in Series C funding on Thursday with an eye on international expansion and consumer privacy-related R&D.
Discussion: Digiday and EU-Startups
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Imgur says it now has 300M MAU and launches Melee, an iOS app where users see a feed of memes and gameplay clips for the games to which they subscribe  —  10 years after debut, 300 million monthly user Imgur is one of the last massively popular yet unpersonalized home pages on the internet.
Emily Bell / Columbia Journalism Review:
As tech companies embrace fact-checking to prove they are active in trying to stop misinfo, fact-checking orgs' association with traditional media is weakening  —  Has our investment in debunking worked?  —  Personally I think the idea that fake news on Facebook, of which it's a very small amount …
Will Oremus / OneZero:
A study by Avaaz may have overstated the problem of false stories on Facebook, but it also revealed cracks, loopholes, and limitations in Facebook's systems  —  Three and a half years after the pope endorsed President Donald Trump (or didn't), Facebook has put in a lot of work to clean up its News Feed.
Matt Day / Bloomberg:
Amazon Web Services reaches multiyear deal with Fox to transmit content to TV customers and streaming services, replacing 90s-era infrastructure  —  - Multi-year deal makes AWS Fox's official cloud provider  —  Fox Corp. is turning to Inc.'s cloud to route video to the broadcaster's cable …
Josh Owens / New York Times:
An ex-Infowars employee discusses why he joined the outlet, its tendency to look for evidence to back up preconceived narratives, Alex Jones' erratic behavior  —  I dropped out of film school to edit video for the conspiracy theorist because I believed in his worldview.  Then I saw what it did to people.
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Two jury members for the Data Journalism Awards, once run by the closed Global Editors Network, are planning new awards sponsored by The Google News Initiative  —  If you're seeking a community around data journalism, fear not: Several are bubbling up in the wake of the Global Editors Network's closure, which was announced a month ago.
Discussion: @smfrogers and @pilhofer
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 …
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