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3:40 PM 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.
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.
Zach Baron / GQ:
A look at how The Fresno Bee newspaper and its reporters are coping as Rep. Devin Nunes wages a public campaign against them  —  Local newspapers like The Fresno Bee have long been an endangered institution in America, and that was before California Rep. Devin Nunes began waging a public campaign against his hometown paper.
Matthew Iles / Civil:
Following its failed token sale, Civil founder Matthew Iles says it will launch in February 2019 with a suite of tools for its network of newsrooms  —  Lessons learned, and turning the page  —  Civil sits at the intersection of two major trends: 1) decentralized economies powered by blockchain …
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.
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 for his $120M severance package  —  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: @melsil, @davidenrich and The Week
Maria Bustillos / Popula:
Popula becomes the first site using Civil to archive a full story's text with Ethereum, keeping the text safe from corporate reshufflings that can kill archives  —  To our knowledge, this is the very first story ever archived by a U.S. publication straight onto the Ethereum blockchain.
Committee to Protect Journalists:
The number of journalists murdered in retaliation for their reporting nearly doubled YoY in 2018 to 34  —  Journalists from Saudi Arabia to Afghanistan to the U.S. were targeted for murder in 2018 in reprisal for their work, bringing the total of journalists killed on duty to its highest in three years.
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: former Walt Disney COO Tom Staggs is the likeliest of ~10 candidates to replace Les Moonves as CBS chief executive
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
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
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
Discussion: YouTube
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
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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
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
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