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7:50 PM ET, February 18, 2019

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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
UK parliament's report on fake news and disinformation says “digital gangster” Facebook deliberately broke laws, calls for antitrust, data abuse investigations  —  A final report by a British parliamentary committee which spent months last year investigating online political disinformation makes …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Inside the struggle between the Academy and Oscars producer Donna Gigliotti to shorten the awards ceremony, as ratings gradually decline  —  LOS ANGELES — The lead producer of the 91st Academy Awards, Donna Gigliotti, was in high spirits on Friday morning.
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Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
Kara Swisher and Jack Dorsey's #KaraJack chat showed Twitter needs major product fixes to make it easier to follow complex public conversations  —  Without major fixes to the product, the platform will never be a place for complex discussions.  —  Earlier this week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey …
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Netflix has cancelled its last two Marvel series, The Punisher and Jessica Jones, with the latter's third season still to air  —  (UPDATED with Marvel Statement) EXCLUSIVE: Exactly a month after the launch of its second season on Netflix, Marvel's The Punisher has had to bite the bullet as has Jessica Jones.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Study: in 2017, ~17M US content creators, up 16.6% YoY, earned ~$6.8B, up 17% YoY, on nine leading platforms including Instagram, Twitch, Tumblr, and YouTube  —  A year ago, we wrote about a wonderful study that showed how the internet and its various platforms were (contrary to the stories …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Though media awareness of gender bias in covering political candidates has grown since 2016, coverage continues to focus on flaws it forgives in male candidates  —  If you think the media treatment of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign was not seriously marred by sexism …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The BBC has apologized after a commentator was heard on mic uttering profanities during a live broadcast  —  Commentator overheard lamenting MPs' resignations during press conference  —  Play Video  —  BBC viewers watching the defection of seven MPs from the Labour party on Monday morning overheard …
Arno Schuetze / Reuters:
German prosecutors are investigating allegations of market manipulation against a Financial Times journalist as part of a probe into Wirecard, a payments firm  —  FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's financial watchdog has banned “short” selling of Wirecard shares due to volatility …
Pghguild / The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh:
The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh releases a new account of the Post-Gazette Publisher's newsroom visit describing how he manhandled his pre-teen daughter  —  The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh today released a recently received eyewitness account of the unhinged behavior …
Rebecca Keegan / Hollywood Reporter:
Q&A with Amazon Studios Chief Jennifer Salke on her content acquisition strategy, potentially broadcasting a ceremony such as the Oscars one day, and more  —  The studio head opens up about her Sundance buying spree, blockbuster ambitions and the secret room where Amazon's 'Lord …
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Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
A history of how many 19th century newspapers blackmailed prominent figures, made newly relevant following the Jeff Bezos-National Enquirer scandal  —  After buying The Washington Post in 2013, Jeffrey P. Bezos visited the newsroom and answered questions from employees in a town-hall-style meeting.
 
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Rita Liao / TechCrunch:
Alibaba acquires 8% stake in Nasdaq-listed Chinese anime streaming site Bilibili; Tencent paid $320M for its 12.3% stake in Bilibili in October
Wall Street Journal:
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Xuexi Qiangguo, a propaganda app with Snapchat-like messaging features developed by China's Communist Party, becomes top free app on Apple's App Store in China
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Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
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Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Brazilian fact-checker AosFatos.org describes how it found an estimated 3M visits to fake news sites allegedly connected to its impersonator AosFatos.com