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4:10 PM ET, December 4, 2019

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Marton Dunai / Reuters:
Six international press watchdogs say the EU should take action against Hungary as it has “systematically dismantled media independence” under Viktor Orban  —  BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary has stifled its independent media and imposed a level of control over journalists …
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 …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple News launches a daily email newsletter with summaries written by Apple's editorial team  —  Apple News is expanding its mail notifications with a new ‘Good Morning’ daily newsletter.  Previously, users could opt in to receive email alerts from Apple News about select featured stories.
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 …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's The Daily Telegraph says it now has 420K paying subs, the first time it's had more subs online than in print, and aims to add 100K more by October 2020  —  The Telegraph now has more paying subscribers online than in print for the first time in its 164-year history.
Will Oremus / OneZero:
A study by Avaaz may have overstated the problem of false stories on Facebook, but it also revealed cracks, loopholes, and limitations in Facebook's systems  —  And in 2021.  And 2022.  —  hree and a half years after the pope endorsed President Donald Trump (or didn't), Facebook has put in a lot of work to clean up its News Feed.
Sara Guaglione / MediaPost:
Rolling Stone turns its 50-year-old franchise The Rolling Stone Interview into a video series, available only on its website  —  Rolling Stone is turning “The Rolling Stone Interview,” its 50-year-old franchise featuring conversations with notable names in culture and music, into a video series.
Discussion: @emilybell, Rolling Stone and Page Six
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Advocates for a Singapore-style law that holds social media platforms responsible for misinformation should consider that it may end up being used against them  —  How misinformation laws get used against the people who advocate for them  —  On Sunday evening, 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl sat …
Discussion: @imaadmajeed
 
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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
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
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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
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