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10:20 AM ET, November 8, 2019

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The Correspondent:
Skeptics say effectiveness of online ads is misleading because the benchmarks marketers use don't distinguish people buying due to ads and those buying anyway  —  Mel Karmazin, the president of Viacom, one of the largest media conglomerates in the world, walked into the Google offices in Mountain View, California.
GEN:
Global Editors Network says it will close due to lack of funds; the worldwide association of editors offered summits, hackathons, and data journalism awards  —  The Global Editors Network (GEN) announced today that it will cease its activities due to lack of sustainable finances.
Emily Alford / Jezebel:
Former co-workers of Fader's Eric Sundermann say his alleged sexual misconduct was known for years, but overlooked by management at Fader and at Vice  —  On November 2, former music journalist Lauren Nostro published a tweet: “It's so wild that {redacted} is able to run an entire digital magazine when hes …
Times of India:
India revokes the Overseas Citizen of India status for Aatish Taseer, who wrote a May Time cover story calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi “Divider in Chief”  —  - Aatish Taseer's Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) status was canceled on Thursday, following a statement by the home ministry
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Bustle laid off or cut at least 10 staffers and contributors Thursday; spokesperson says Bustle Digital Group plans “marquee hires” and a 2020 site relaunch  —  At least nine staffers at Bustle, the online women's publication, were laid off Thursday — the latest sign of distress …
Kris Holt / Engadget:
Disney says Disney+ will launch in UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain on March 31  —  Disney+ will officially debut in the US, Canada and the Netherlands November 12th, and Australia and New Zealand a week later.  The rest of the world will need to wait a little longer to stream the likes of Avengers …
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Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Rude media like Splinter and Deadspin, which lacked deference to power, are dead; we are left with bootlickers who demand civility and don't challenge power  —  In April, Great Hill Partners, a private equity firm, purchased Gizmodo Media Group, the collection of websites formerly known as Gawker Media, from Univision.
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Jeremy Corbyn staffers created a WhatsApp group with sympathetic national journalists and columnists to coordinate messaging to elect Corbyn in the UK  —  “Also as ever, please do not talk about this group to anyone outside the group.”  —  Jeremy Corbyn's communications staff set …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Octopus Interactive, which offers Lyft and Uber drivers tablets with games and ads, raises $10.3M led by Sinclair, enabling it to stream local TV content  —  Octopus Interactive, a startup bringing an interactive TV and ad experience into Uber and Lyft rides, has raised a $10.3 million funding round led by Sinclair Digital Group.
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Michelle Mark / Business Insider:
CBS reportedly has fired a staffer who previously worked for ABC and accessed footage of anchor Amy Robach complaining that ABC killed her Jeffrey Epstein story  —  NOW WATCH:  —  The letter F. A stylized bird with an open mouth, tweeting.  The word “in”.  A play button in the shape of a television screen.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment, an antipiracy spinoff of MPAA, announces an effort to reduce unauthorized access to content and password sharing  —  Controlling user access to platforms (password sharing) will be a priority as major conglomerates bet on new direct-to-consumer digital services.
 
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Deanna Ting / Digiday:
The Infatuation is planning Zagat's comeback by hiring a stories editor, building the Zagat Curators program, and launching a new digital platform by 2020
Hollywood Reporter:
Four new FX shows will launch exclusively on Hulu as part of the FX on Hulu hub, debuting in March; FX on Hulu will also be the exclusive home to 40+ FX series
CNBC:
Disney Q4: revenue of $19.1B vs. $19.04B expected, up 34% YoY, with media networks bringing in $6.5B in revenue, up 22% YoY from $5.3B; stock up 4%+ after hours
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Emails show organizers of a major UK arms conference rejected credentials for a Middle East Eye reporter due to concern “he will not write anything positive”
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube rolls out a new homepage design with larger thumbnails and features like an “add to queue” option, a desktop version of “Don't recommend channel”, more
SPJ News:
SPJ and 28 other groups pen letter urging Congress to allow federal employees to communicate with the press without having to report contact to authorities
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Substack Blog:
Substack introduces a three-month Fellowship for Independent Writers, starting with five writers who will receive a stipend and support with publicity and more
Peter Debruge / Variety:
Motion Picture Academy changes rules for nominating foreign language films to make voting more accessible, including allowing all members to stream contenders
Bloomberg:
Nielsen to split into two companies, one focused on global media, the other on tracking consumer preferences, after pressure from investor Elliott Management
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
In a wide-ranging interview, Reed Hastings says Netflix's spending on content will grow and defends cutting an episode of Hasan Minhaj's show in Saudi Arabia