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12:55 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 …
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.”
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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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.
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 …
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  —  It's a $4 million, three-year effort to identify sustainability strategies for our industry — a freestanding entity …
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 …
Steve McClellan / MediaPost:
GroupM reports 6.2% US ad growth in 2019 and forecasts 15% digital ad growth and a 4% overall ad spend rise in 2020, to approximately $253B, minus political ads  —  GroupM is forecasting U.S. ad growth next year of 4% to approximately $253 billion.  That's underlying growth …
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