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12:35 AM ET, December 5, 2019

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Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
CBS and Viacom finalized their merger after market close Wednesday, combining CBS with Paramount, alongside Viacom channels including MTV and Nickelodeon  —  CBS and Viacom are finally, really, back to together.  Less than four months after announcing their intentions to rejoin as one company …
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.
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Emily Bell / Columbia Journalism Review:
As tech companies embrace fact-checking to prove they are active in trying to stop misinfo, fact-checking orgs' association with traditional media is weakening  —  Has our investment in debunking worked?  —  Personally I think the idea that fake news on Facebook, of which it's a very small amount …
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 …
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  —  The Washington Post published the first episode of its new Spanish-language podcast today, its latest effort to expand …
Matt Day / Bloomberg:
Amazon Web Services reaches multiyear deal with Fox to transmit content to TV customers and streaming services, replacing 90s-era infrastructure  —  - Multi-year deal makes AWS Fox's official cloud provider  —  Fox Corp. is turning to Amazon.com Inc.'s cloud to route video to the broadcaster's cable …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and @erinscafe
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 …
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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
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.
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.
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Two jury members for the Data Journalism Awards once run by the closed Global Editors Network are planning new awards sponsored by The Google News Initiative  —  If you're seeking a community around data journalism, fear not: Several are bubbling up in the wake of the Global Editors Network's closure, which was announced a month ago.
Discussion: @smfrogers and @pilhofer
 
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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
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