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11:20 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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Bloomberg:
In a holiday greeting to employees, NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke hinted that the company might unveil a Netflix-style service next year  —  - In holiday card, Burke also laments loss of Fox to Disney  — Executive suggests online TV strategy may be announced in 2019
Discussion: The Wrap
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: former Walt Disney COO Tom Staggs is the likeliest of ~10 candidates to replace Les Moonves as CBS chief executive  —  Tom Staggs, former chief operating officer of the Walt Disney Co., is the likeliest of about 10 candidates to become chief executive of CBS, which is struggling to recover from a sexual harassment...
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.
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.
 
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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
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
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
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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
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