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9:20 AM ET, December 4, 2019

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Brad Kutner / Courthouse News Service:
Rep. Devin Nunes sues CNN, claiming CNN aired false statements about Nunes by Lev Parnas; same lawyer represents Nunes against @DevinCow, Twitter, and McClatchy  —  RICHMOND, Va. (CN) - Delivering on a promise made on Fox News last month, Republican Congressman Devin Nunes filed …
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Marshall Cohen / CNN:
Phone records show calls between journalist John Solomon and Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani, while Solomon was posting at The Hill about Ukraine  —  (CNN)Armed with never-before-seen phone records, Democrats on Tuesday accused President Donald Trump's allies of coordinating …
Nic Newman / Nieman Lab:
Reuters report on podcasts finds local news pods flourishing; print and digital outlets focus more on deep dives, as broadcasters tend toward micro-bulletins  —  “The big change is commercial, which is that we had advertisers who started to come to us last year and say …
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Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Washington Post launches El Washington Post, its first Spanish-language news podcast aimed at a global audience, with 20-minute episodes on Tuesdays and Fridays
Discussion: Washington Post
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Bloomberg Media is rebranding its social media news network from TicToc to QuickTake by Bloomberg, which will launch its own streaming news channel in 2020  —  Bloomberg Media is dropping TicToc as the name of its two-year-old social-media news service, rebranding it as “QuickTake by Bloomberg.”
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Plex launches a free, ad-supported streaming service featuring thousands of movies and shows from studios like MGM, available in ~220 countries  —  Plex today is launching its own ad-supported streaming service, a rival to The Roku Channel, Tubi, Crackle, Vudu's Movies on Us …
Discussion: MediaPost and Variety
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Following its ACLU settlement, Facebook says its US ads that involve housing, employment, or credit can't target based on age, gender, ZIP code, or race  —  Under the terms of a a settlement with the ACLU and other civil rights groups earlier this year, Facebook has been taking steps to prevent discriminatory ad targeting.
Discussion: Wired, Gizmodo and New York Post
Dani Deahl / The Verge:
Genius sues Google and LyricFind alleging anticompetitive behavior and that song lyrics on its service were stolen, asking for over $400M in damages  —  It's asking for more than $400 million from Google and LyricFind  —  Lyrics website Genius is suing Google, saying the company continues …
Apple:
Apple announces first ever Apple Music Awards with ceremony on December 4; Album of the Year and Song of the Year were determined based on streaming data  —  Billie Eilish Takes Top Honor as Global Artist of the Year  —  Apple Music Celebrates with Global, Live-Streamed Performance …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Jeanine Pirro and other Fox hosts continue to stump for GOP candidates; sources: Fox execs intervened to cancel GOP fundraising appearances by Pirro, and others  —  When Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro appeared onstage at a rally for President Trump last year, Fox publicly rebuked them.
Discussion: Mediaite
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Report from UK-based charity Article 19: media and digital freedom of expression is lower than a decade ago everywhere but the Middle East and North Africa  —  Freedom of expression has reached a ten-year low around the world, according to new research urging governments to “take action to reverse this trend”.
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Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Tribune announces a three-year, ~$4M initiative called RevLab, a revenue and training lab, with a starting $2.5M donation from Facebook Journalism Project
Dexter Filkins / New Yorker:
Profile of Rana Ayyub, one of India's best-known investigative journalists reporting on Narendra Modi's India amid increasing anti-Muslim bigotry
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Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:
South Korean NGO files complaint against Disney alleging Frozen 2 was shown on 88% of local screens on opening day, violating the country's anti-monopoly laws
Anna Merlan / VICE:
Hearst launches a website encouraging Hearst Magazines staff not to unionize, describing it as “the information they need to make a choice about the union”
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Alden Global Capital, now the largest shareholder in Tribune, names two representatives to Tribune's board, while agreeing to cap its stake at 33% through June
Discussion: @hopnotes
Whitney Phillips / Columbia Journalism Review:
Reporters think debunking falsehoods counters them, but bringing facts to light through coverage should be weighed against increasing the exposure of the lies