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4:55 AM ET, December 20, 2018

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Ashley Cullins / Hollywood Reporter:
District court judge rules in BuzzFeed's favor in lawsuit from tech exec Aleksej Gubarev after publication of Steele dossier, citing the fair report privilege  —  The outlet can't evade a defamation claim from Aleksej Gubarev by arguing he must show actual malice.
Spiegel Online:
Der Spiegel says editor and reporter Claas Relotius partially or wholly fabricated at least 14 articles, including some that were nominated for or won awards  —  In recent years, DER SPIEGEL published just under 60 articles by reporter and editor Claas Relotius.
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Medium:
Two residents of Fergus Falls, MN, detail what Claas Relotius of Der Spiegel fabricated or got wrong when he visited to write about US rural support of Trump  —  In February 2017, my husband and I attended a concert at our local theater, and were sipping some wine in the lobby before the show started.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Bloomberg is expanding TicToc beyond Twitter, adding the general news video service to airport screens in the US and Canada and planning its own platform for Q1  —  Bloomberg Media thinks its one-year-old TicToc news brand has cracked the code on delivering bite-size chunks of news and analysis …
Discussion: @apbenven, Thanks:@steverubel
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Ad boycotts of Tucker Carlson Tonight were inevitable after people publicly objected to racist messages and Fox News abdicated its role of supervising a host  —  In October, Tucker Carlson boasted about how he could say anything he wants to say on his prime-time Fox News program …
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The Wrap:
At least 20 advertisers have now pulled their ads from Tucker Carlson's Fox News show over his comments on immigrants
Ime Archibong / Facebook:
Facebook confirms Spotify, Netflix, Dropbox, and RBC had read/write/delete access for messaging integrations, says it was experimental and ended three years ago  —  In the past day, we've been accused of disclosing people's private messages to partners without their knowledge.
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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
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
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.
Scott Moritz / Bloomberg:
Sources: T-Mobile is delaying the launch of its TV service, which was planned for this year, after the project proved more complex than expected  —  - Carrier has been touting project as a way to disrupt cable TV  — Delay comes at awkward time for Sprint deal's regulatory push
Eliza Dushku / The Boston Globe:
Eliza Dushku says Michael Weatherly bragged about ties with Les Moonves and says her manager was told Dushku would be “out of the business” if she sued CBS  —  The narrative propagated by CBS, actor Michael Weatherly, and writer-producer Glenn Gordon Caron is deceptive …
Maureen Farrell / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Pinterest is planning an IPO that could come as soon as April 2019, expecting a $12B+ valuation, and is on track for $700M+ revenue in 2018, up 50% YoY  —  Social-media company could choose bankers for the offering as early as January  —  Pinterest Inc. is actively preparing …
Brent Lang / Variety:
Study: consumers who visited a movie theatre 9+ times in the last 12 months consumed more streaming content than those who'd visited 1-2 times  —  Netflix isn't killing movie theaters.  At least, that's the take-away from a new study conducted by EY's Quantitative Economics and Statistics group …
Greg Dool / Folio:
Interview with Skift founder and CEO Rafat Ali on leadership, subscription products, the Skift Foundation, and the shortcomings of media-on-media coverage  —  A Q&A with the founder and CEO of the profitable six-year-old B2B media startup Skift.  —  Rafat Ali is not shy about his opinions.
 
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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
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Committee to Protect Journalists:
The number of journalists murdered in retaliation for their reporting nearly doubled YoY in 2018 to 34
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: former Walt Disney COO Tom Staggs is the likeliest of ~10 candidates to replace Les Moonves as CBS chief executive