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8:15 AM ET, December 19, 2018

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New York Times:
Documents show Facebook gave ~150 companies, including NYT, Yahoo, and other media access to more user data than disclosed; FB says it didn't violate FTC decree  —  Internal documents show that the social network gave Microsoft, Amazon, Spotify and others far greater access to people's data than it has disclosed.
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Konstantinos Papamiltiadis / Facebook:
Facebook says it shared data with integration partners only when users signed in with their Facebook accounts, to access features on other platforms, devices  —  Today, we're facing questions about whether Facebook gave large tech companies access to people's information and, if so, why we did this.
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Interview with Politico's Robert Allbritton on digital media, including Axios, and possible expansion into other areas beyond politics and policy  —  Despite some management upheaval, Politico has apparently been able to avoid the financial panic that has seized many of its peers.
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Ousted NPR exec Michael Oreskes and ex-Fox News editor John Moody to help launch a news site; CEO says he is not worried about past allegations against them  —  The site's founder says it will remedy the media's trust problems, but two top hires left their previous jobs after allegations of harassment and racism.
Guru Gowrappan / Verizon:
On January 8, Oath, which was created from Verizon's acquisitions of Yahoo and AOL, will be rebranded as Verizon Media Group  —  Verizon Media Group will replace the Oath brand, representing our strong alignment as a core pillar of Verizon's business.  —  I'm excited today to share …
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Blippar, a London-based AR company that launched in 2011 aiming to serve advertisers, announces it is entering administration, months after raising $37M  —  The story of once-hyped augmented reality (AR) startup Blippar has come to an end.  The London-based company announced yesterday …
Emily Dreyfuss / Wired:
Amnesty International calls Twitter a “toxic place for women” in a study of 288,000 tweets aimed at 778 female journalists and politicians from the US and UK  —  FOR MANY WOMEN, especially journalists, politicians, and other public figures, Twitter is something to endure.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Crunchyroll co-founder and general manager Kun Gao moves to advisory role, and Joanne Waage steps in to lead the service, now wholly owned by AT&T's Otter Media  —  Kun Gao, co-founder and former general manager of Crunchyroll, has stepped aside from day-to-day management of the anime-streaming service …
Discussion: YouTube
James B. Stewart / New York Times:
Due to a clause in Les Moonves contract, CBS has been paying his legal bills, giving him an incentive to fight against his dismissal  —  CBS's board was emphatic this week that the ousted chief executive Leslie Moonves “will not receive any severance payment,” slamming the door on his quest to collect $120 million.
Discussion: NPR, Adweek and The Daily Caller
The Wrap:
At least 17 advertisers have now pulled their ads from Tucker Carlson's Fox News show over his comments on immigrants  —  As of Tuesday Takeda, TD Ameritrade, ScotteVest, United Explorer, Just for Men, Voya, Zenni Optical, IHOP, Jaguar, Pacific Life, Indeed, Bowflex, SmileDirectClub …
Discussion: New York Times, The Daily Beast and CNN
Aisha Hassan / Quartz:
How MindGeek, a company that dominates online porn with sites like Pornhub Network and Brazzers, uses big data to track what users watch and produce its videos  —  The biggest and perhaps best source of data about what people like to watch on the internet and what they would pay for doesn't come …
 
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Jason Lynch / Adweek:
Nielsen's new CEO David Kenny addresses critics' claims that the company is not moving fast enough and talks about its future in his first interview
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
As EU debates Article 13, which would require sites to have an “upload filter”, a look at the failures of YouTube's sophisticated ContentID system
Discussion: @mmasnick
Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
NPR's podcast measurement technology RAD has sparked debate within the industry, with Overcast's Marco Arment expressing concerns about tracking and privacy
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed the league is interested in acquiring Fox's regional sports networks, which Disney is required to divest after 21CF deal
Discussion: Multichannel News
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Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
HQ Trivia postpones rollout of its premier HQ Words gameshow and Google ad campaign until later this week; sources say the company had ~$10M ad revenue in 2018
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
A former Wisconsin police sergeant is suing Netflix and the filmmakers behind the “Making A Murderer” series over his portrayal in it
Discussion: Fast Company
Tampa Bay Times:
The charitable trust of Nelson Poynter's 92-year-old widow is suing Tampa Bay Times parent company Times Publishing Co., claiming it's owed millions
Wall Street Journal:
Trump adviser Roger Stone settles $100M defamation lawsuit brought by Chinese businessman over claims he made on InfoWars, admits making false statements
Bloomberg:
Senate report: Instagram dwarfs all social networks in Russia's IRA posts and engagements, yet Facebook execs have not been upfront about this