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3:30 PM ET, November 29, 2018

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Peter Kafka / Recode:
Mic has laid off a majority of its 100-person staff ahead of Bustle acquisition; publisher Cory Haik has already left, sources say the cofounders will remain  —  The publisher is trying to sell the remainder of the company to Bustle Digital Group.  —  Mic is laying off the majority off …
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Tom Dotan / The Information:
Sources: Bustle is nearing a deal to buy Mic for less than $10M; Mic has raised $59.5M since 2013  —  Bustle is nearing a deal to buy millennial news site Mic for less than $10 million, according to two people familiar with the matter.  That price, which hasn't previously been reported …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Mic.com is in talks to sell at least part of the company to Bustle, after Facebook ended a deal that could have earned Mic around $5M over 12 months  —  Sale talks started after Facebook ended a video deal with Mic.  —  Mic.com, a digital publisher with a millennial focus …
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Facebook will exempt ads from eligible news outlets from its political ad archive in the UK, a policy it plans to extend to the US and Brazil pending UK tests  —  Social network to act against ‘dark adverts’ with compulsory disclaimers saying who paid  —  Every political advert on Facebook …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Though Fox rebuked its personalities for appearing in campaign rallies and providing interviewees with scripts, it's unclear if formal ethics standards exist  —  There are ethical standards at Fox News, we're told.  —  But just what they are, or how they're enforced, is an enduring mystery.
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Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Techmeme now publishing paid and free “Leaderboards” showing the most influential reporters around a specific news topic  —  Today Techmeme has begun publishing Topic Leaderboards, which list the top authors and publications covering 24 topic areas such as cloud computing, autonomous vehicles …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube begins rolling out Stories, which last for seven days on its mobile app and can be viewed by everyone, to accounts with over 10,000 subscribers  —  Amid some concern from the community  —  YouTube is expanding its Instagram-like Stories capability to more creators today …
New York Times:
Text messages show how former CBS CEO Les Moonves tried to bury an old sex assault claim amid a probe that could decide whether he collects a $120M exit package  —  A trove of text messages details a plan by Mr. Moonves and a faded Hollywood manager to bury a sexual assault allegation.
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Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed News:
Tucker Carlson was featured in 265 articles on the Daily Stormer between November 2016 and November 2018, about 10 times more than any other conservative pundit  —  It's no secret that Andrew Anglin, among the United States' most prominent white supremacists, loves Tucker Carlson.
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Mail Online ad revenue overtakes print for first time, as publisher DMGT reports ad revenue of £122M for Mail Online and £119M for Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday  —  Website manages to hit milestone despite 13% slump in global audience  —  Mail Online's ad revenues have overtaken …
 
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
The White House press pool was left behind without explanation after the National Christmas Tree lighting as Trump returned to the White House
AllAccess.com:
Leon Neyfakh, a Slate reporter and host of the Slow Burn podcast, says he's leaving to launch a podcast on past political scandals in the first half of 2019
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
ESPN's Darren Rovell moves to the Action Network, a media startup about sports gambling created last year by the Chernin Group: “They're buying me as a brand”
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook debuts its “Today In” local news digest in its app in 400 US cities and is testing Local Alerts with 100 local government and first responder Pages
Matthew Singer / Willamette Week:
Thrillist article on Portland restaurant Stanich's, which launched a debate about food criticism, left out important context about the owner's legal troubles
Media Matters for America:
Sinclair is forcing its ~100 news stations to air a segment featuring Boris Epshteyn defending the tear-gassing of migrants at the border, including children
Kara Swisher / Recode:
The Emerson Collective, the social impact firm run by Laurene Powell Jobs, buys Pop-Up Magazine Productions, which also publishes California Sunday Magazine