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11:25 AM ET, November 9, 2019

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
As Instagram expands its tests of hiding Like counts to the US next week, it must be wary that it doesn't negatively impact creators' or influencers' business  —  “We will make decisions that hurt the business if they help people's well-being and health" says Instagram's CEO Adam Mosseri.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Facebook and YouTube say they are removing content that mentions the possible name of the whistleblower whose complaint prompted Trump impeachment inquiry  —  New York (CNN)Facebook (FB) and YouTube said Friday that they were removing content that mentioned the potential name …
Tyler Monroe / Media Matters for America:
Fox News has aired 20+ hours of Trump's campaign rallies in 2019, nearly 87% of his total rally speaking time, CNN has aired 10 minutes, and MSNBC aired none  —  CNN has aired less than 10 minutes and MSNBC hasn't aired Trump's rallies at all  —  President Donald Trump held his 17th campaign rally …
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Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Two former G/O Media executives have sued the company, claiming CEO Jim Spanfeller mistreated women at the company by pushing them out and hiring “cronies”  —  One sales executive alleges she lost half of her assignments after the CEO replaced her with a former colleague from Playboy.
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.
The Daily Beast:
Two impeachment witnesses called key elements of John Solomon's columns on Ukraine false; Giuliani once sent a Solomon column, pre-publication, to Daily Beast  —  Hannity's favorite “investigative” reporter's columns formed the basis for Trump allies like Rudy Giuliani's messaging about Biden and Democrats.
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
The press tends to repeat words used by politicians, so the term “quid pro quo” dominates impeachment coverage when “bribery” or “extortion” is more precise  —  In recent weeks, as the term “quid pro quo” has rattled around the news cycle, journalists have sought to explain what it means.
Tatiana Cirisano / Billboard:
iHeartMedia reports Q3 total revenue of $948.3M, up 3% YoY, after its digital revenue, which includes podcasts, grew 33.4% YoY to $96.7M  —  Driven in part by a slate of new podcasting ventures, iHeartMedia posted its best earnings since filing for bankruptcy in 2018 on Friday (Nov. 8) …
Discussion: ExpressNews.com and iHeartMedia
Greg Dool / Folio:
Meredith Q1: operating profit of $28M, up from $18.1M YoY, on revenue of $532.9M; print ad rev down 13.4% YoY to $160.4M; digital ad rev up 7.9% to $91.6M  —  On its Q1 earnings call, the company says four titles saw year-over-year growth in print advertising, and portfolio-wide newsstand revenue also increased.
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
An investigation into I'm Shmacked, which exploited thousands of students by inducing them to provide viral videos of college parties to earn Instagram fame  —  The chief executive of I'm Shmacked promises students Instagram fame, then silences them with threats.
Claire Atkinson / NBC News:
Internal memo: if Michael Bloomberg runs for president, a management committee would run his company, similar to how Bloomberg handled his tenure as NYC mayor  —  A similar management committee ran the company during the 12 years that Bloomberg served as the mayor of New York.
Discussion: Politico, Talking Biz News and Mediaite
 
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Wall Street Journal:
On The Morning Show, Apple products are visible in an average of 32 camera shots per episode and the logo is visible in roughly one third of the shots
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
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
Discussion: StartupWorld
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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
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”
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