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1:05 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.
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 …
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  —  Today, we're facing questions about whether Facebook gave large tech companies access to people's information and, if so, why we did this.
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
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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Emma Way / Charlotte Magazine:
How alt-weekly Creative Loafing in Charlotte, NC, evolved before its owner shut it down and fired the staff, which then created Queen City Nerve  —  The alternative-weekly paper tackled topics that no other local publication would.  But on October 31, the Loaf's owner abruptly shut it down, after 31 years and 1,649 issues.
 
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Committee to Protect Journalists:
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Sources: former Walt Disney COO Tom Staggs is the likeliest of ~10 candidates to replace Les Moonves as CBS chief executive