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12:35 PM ET, December 28, 2018

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Max Fisher / New York Times:
1400+ pages of leaked Facebook content rules show the site is censoring mainstream speech in some countries while extremist language flourishes in others  —  Under fire for stirring up distrust and violence, the social network has vowed to police its users.  But leaked documents raise serious questions about its approach.
Patrick Radden Keefe / New Yorker:
A profile of Mark Burnett, the Hollywood producer behind the TV hit “The Apprentice” which elevated Trump from a tabloid figure of fun to an icon of success  —  With “The Apprentice,” the TV producer mythologized Trump—then a floundering D-lister—as the ultimate titan, paving his way to the Presidency.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: New York Yankees in talks with Amazon, Sinclair about joint bid for the team's regional network, YES, that Disney must sell as part of Fox acquisition  —  Baseball team has also spoken with Altice USA and RedBird Capital about buying remaining 80% stake from Disney
Discussion: Fast Company and Fortune
Max Read / New York Magazine:
Studies suggest that less than 60% of web traffic is human, with fake metrics, news, and bot-driven conversations and transactions, leading to falling trust  —  In late November, the Justice Department unsealed indictments against eight people accused of fleecing advertisers of $36 million …
David Goldman / CNN:
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and its head of content, Ted Sarandos, will be compensated equally in 2019 with both receiving as much as $31.5M  —  New York (CNN Business)Netfix's executives are getting big raises after a banner year.  —  CEO Reed Hastings will get as much as $31.5 million …
Matthew Schafer / BuzzFeed News:
A look at the role public records played in BuzzFeed News reporting in 2018, a year during which it filed ten FOIA lawsuits in federal courts  —  Texas was in a bind.  The manufacturer of pentobarbital, the drug Texas uses to execute death row inmates, had prohibited its distributors …
Wolfgang Spahr / Billboard:
German music channel Viva is shutting down on December 31 after 25 years; parent company Viacom wants to focus on MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon  —  Viva, the Viacom-owned music video channel in Germany, will officially close up shop on Dec. 31, ending a 25-year run.
Emily Birnbaum / The Hill:
MSNBC says it beat Fox News in key ratings and in total viewers for the first time in 17 years during the week of December 17-21  —  MSNBC beat out Fox News last week in key ratings for first time in 17 years, topping its competitor in total viewers for the first time since 2000, according to a news release from MSNBC.
Laura Kayali / Politico:
David Kaye, the UN's Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Opinion, says Trump is the worst perpetrator of false information in the US  —  The President of the United States is the “worst” perpetrator of misinformation on the internet, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Freedom …
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
An NYT story about a disinformation experiment in Alabama election didn't disclose its reporter had spoken at an event organised by the company behind it  —  Last week the New York Times revealed that money from tech billionaire Reid Hoffman was used to run a small disinformation “experiment” …
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Variety:
Movie theater revenue bounced back in 2018 after a slow 2017; one analyst says investors are skeptical of sustained gains amid Netflix and Amazon competition
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
A look at Speakr, a social media influencer management platform that some influencers say has failed to pay them, with trouble starting in late 2017
Discussion: @bigmeaninternet
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Christian Shepherd / Reuters:
UK publisher Taylor and Francis has dropped more than 80 journals from its offerings to libraries in China at the Chinese government's request
Peter Jukes / Byline:
BBC's failure to adequately cover important stories like Brexit in the name of “balance” can turn it into a hostage to politics, rather than an observer of it
Jeff Jarvis / Whither news?:
What German media academics and journalists, including Mother Jones' CEO, are saying about the Der Spiegel scandal and the lessons to be learned