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7:05 PM ET, November 29, 2018

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Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Source: Mic Network has agreed to sell to Bustle Digital Group for about $5M, a fraction of Mic's valuation of $100M based on its investment round in April 2017  —  Struggling digital publisher lays off most of its staff ahead of sale  —  Digital publisher Mic Network Inc. has agreed …
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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 …
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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Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Fox News has not tweeted since November 8 when it began an apparent boycott of Twitter, even with Tuesday's launch of its streaming service Fox Nation
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 …
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
The CEO of the US Agency for Global Media, which oversees VOA and other US government media, apologizes for a Radio Martí show that attacked George Soros  —  The head of a U.S. government agency has apologized to George Soros and his Open Society Foundations for the airing of a program …
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Unionized Financial Times journalists passed a vote of no confidence in the FT's CEO, John Ridding, citing lack of transparency, high executive pay  —  NUJ chapel passes vote saying Ridding has not acknowledged or addressed serious concerns  —  Journalists at the Financial Times have passed …
Jonathan Bach / Statesman Journal:
Oregon's Salem Weekly, an alternative bi-weekly newspaper launched in 2004, has closed effective immediately  —  Salem Weekly, an alternative bi-weekly newspaper, has closed “effective immediately” after more than a dozen years in business, according to a letter to readers.
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The Verge:
Alt-right commentator Laura Loomer handcuffed herself to a front door of Twitter's NYC HQ to protest her ban and the alleged shadow banning of conservatives
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
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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
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
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