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Fox News Sued By Streaming Host Britt McHenry, Who Alleges Harassment

Britt McHenry, a host for Fox News’ Fox Nation streaming-video outlet, filed suit against the network and its corporate parent Tuesday, alleging she has been denied opportunities at the company after reporting claims she was harassed sexually by a former co-host, George Murdoch, who is also known as Tyrus. – Brian Steinberg, Variety » https://trib.al/HorOGAX [photo: Fox News]

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CBS Joins OpenAP Advertising Consortium

Viacom, which last week closed its merger with CBS, had been a founding member of OpenAP, which also counts Fox, NBCUniversal and Univision as members. In October, OpenAP launched what it says is the only platform delivering cross-publisher, cross-platform campaigns for both linear TV and long-form digital video across the largest collection of premium U.S. ad inventory. – Dade Hayes, Deadline Hollywood » http://dlvr.it/RKy5zY [photo: OpenAP]

Streaming Services May Soon Crack Down on Password Sharing

According to estimates from Parks Associates, the US pay-TV industry is expected to lose $6.6 billion in 2019 to piracy and password sharing. While the existing industry and those soon to enter the fray can potentially weather this storm, it’s only getting worse from here. By 2020, the industry will lose $7.1 billion, jumping to $8.1 billion in 2022 and then $9 billion in 2024. – Jason Cohen, PCMag » https://trib.al/OV0HfSE

The Pirate Bay Moves to a Brand New Onion Domain

Last evening the operator of a site that indexes links to some of these proxies told TorrentFreak that their owners had noticed that The Pirate Bay’s Onion site had been down for several hours, which is unusual. After further investigation, it was discovered that the site had switched from the extremely messy (redacted) to piratebayztemzmv.onion. – Andy, TorrentFreak » https://ift.tt/2RsXYuD

FCC tries to bury finding that Verizon and T-Mobile exaggerated 4G coverage

Verizon, T-Mobile, and US Cellular exaggerated their 4G coverage in official filings to the Federal Communications Commission, an FCC investigation found. But FCC officials confirmed that Chairman Ajit Pai does not plan to punish the three carriers in any way. Instead, the FCC intends to issue an enforcement advisory to the broader industry, reminding carriers “of the penalties associated with filings that violate federal law.” – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica » https://trib.al/kGPa56A

YouTube confirms it has removed some Trump campaign ads

Google also does not disclose specifics about why an ad may have been taken down. In the transparency tool, blocked ads are covered up by a message explaining that the ads have violated Google’s advertising policies, and links to a page outlining what Google allows and disallows on its platforms. But Google’s tool does not explain what specific policy an offending ad has violated. – Brian Fung, CNN » https://ift.tt/380zVt1

Roku stock tanks after Morgan Stanley says massive rally means it’s time to sell

Swinburne downgraded Roku shares ROKU-13.05% to underweight from equal-weight on Monday, writing that the stock looks far too expensive, as they are now trading at a higher forward multiple of enterprise value to sales than the average fast-growth software company he’s tracking. At the same time, he expects gross margins to fall and gross-profit growth to temper. – Emily Bary, MarketWatch » https://ift.tt/2OFDr48

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