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4:00 AM ET, February 19, 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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Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Inside Netflix's all-out effort to win its first Oscar for Roma, including the hiring of a savvy campaigner and over-the-top spending  —  LOS ANGELES — Netflix called it “'Roma' Experience Day.”  —  On a Sunday in December, the streaming giant rented two soundstages on a historic movie lot …
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
Numerous journalists jumped the gun on the Jussie Smollett story, tweeting unverified claims as facts, further eroding trust amidst allegations of fake news  —  In light of new details in the investigation of the alleged assault on actor Jussie Smollett, fingers have been pointed at “the media” for jumping the gun on the story.
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.
Ian Sample / The Guardian:
Interviews with 30 flat Earth conference attendees finds most did not consider the Earth to be flat two years ago, but YouTube videos changed their minds  —  Conspiracy theories shown on video-sharing site persuade people to doubt Earth is round  —  Researchers believe they have identified …
Jacob Granger / Journalism.co.uk:
Google News Initiative aims to provide 4,000 journalists in Australia and New Zealand with training on new revenue streams, SEO, fighting misinformation, more  —  Students and publishers alike will learn about new revenue streams and optimising content for digital audiences under latest GNI training programme
Roy Greenslade / The Guardian:
A look at what makes Metro, a free daily with an equal split between apolitical content and ads, and profits of ~£1M /mo, the UK's most-read newspaper  —  A free paper that follows the market and prides itself in being unbiased is making £1m a month
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 …
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 …
 
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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
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
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
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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
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An account of the rise and untimely death of Vine and HQ Trivia cofounder Colin Kroll, based on interviews with and documents from friends, police, and others
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