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2:00 AM ET, December 9, 2015


 Top News: 
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Sources: Yahoo won't move forward with Alibaba spinoff, will instead examine a deal involving its core business  —  Yahoo will not move forward with Alibaba spinoff: Sources  —  Yahoo is announcing it will not move forward with plans to spin off its stake in Alibaba, reports CNBC's David Faber.
Oliver Darcy / The Blaze:
Leaked Memo: BuzzFeed Editor-In-Chief Says It's ‘Entirely Fair’ to Call Trump a ‘Mendacious Racist’  —  BuzzFeed Editor-In-Chief Ben Smith wrote in an email to his editorial staff Tuesday that calling Republican frontrunner Donald Trump a racist on social media does not violate the company's ethics guidelines.
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Arianna Huffington announces The Huffington Post will no longer relegate Trump to its entertainment section, noting his impact on other candidates
Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Spotify to test allowing some musicians to temporarily withhold music from ad-supported version of the service  —  Spotify to Allow Some Musicians to Withhold Music From Free Service  —  Last year Taylor Swift pulled her entire catalog from Spotify because the streaming service …
Bloomberg Business:
CBS CEO Les Moonves says Apple puts live TV plans on hold; source says media firms want more money for their programming  —  Apple Said to Suspend Effort to Develop Live TV Service  —  Focus instead will be on App Store as platform for others  —  Media companies resist channel package at $30 to $40 a month
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Diane Rehm, host of her self-titled news show that aired nationally on NPR for two decades, plans to retire after 2016 election  —  Diane Rehm, an NPR staple, eyes retirement from broadcasting  —  Diane Rehm, the host of one of public radio's longest-running and most popular news discussion programs …
Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
Iran Editor Is Charged With Defying Ban on Covering Ex-President  —  Iran's conservative judicial authorities indicted the managing editor of a prominent daily newspaper on Tuesday, saying that he had violated prohibitions on the coverage of Mohammad Khatami, a reformist-minded former president they now describe as a seditionist.
Discussion: Agence France-Presse
Mathew Ingram / Fortune:
New Circa CEO John Solomon describes new focus on video, independence in journalism, funding support from Sinclair TV, and plans for staffing and crowdsourcing  —  Circa's New Owner Says the App Will Have Video at its Core  —  Circa didn't build up much of user base before it closed its doors …
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu, GeekWire and Washington Post, Thanks:@mathewi
Liz Hoffman / Wall Street Journal:
Media General Rebuffs Sweetened Takeover Bid From Nexstar  —  Nexstar privately raised bid to about $16.30 a share  —  Media General Inc. has rebuffed a sweetened takeover bid from Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc., leaving the two TV station owners at a negotiating impasse, according to people familiar with the matter.
Jessica Hullinger / Fast Company:
New “Arctic Deeply” Site Will Detail The Ramifications Of Melting Sea Ice  —  Almost three years after launching its first single-topic news site covering the crisis in Syria, media startup News Deeply is today unveiling its next project: Arctic Deeply.  Like its predecessors …
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Amazon Starts Building Its Own Bundle by Selling Showtime, Starz and More With Amazon Prime  —  Amazon has a new weapon to boost its video streaming service against competitors like Netflix and YouTube: Other people's streaming services.  —  Starting today, Amazon will give its Amazon Prime subscribers …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
AT&T launching OTT mobile service in January, is considering developing original content  —  AT&T to Launch Mobile Entertainment Service, CEO Says  —  Randall Stephenson at the UBS media and communications conference in New York also discusses hopes to create more original content …
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Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Refinery29 promotes EVP of Programming Amy Emmerich to chief content officer, a newly-created role at the company
Discussion: WWD and Variety
Joan E. Solsman / The Wrap:
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Discussion: VentureBeat, Variety and Deadline
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Noah Kulwin / Re/code:
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Discussion: Variety, Fortune, Adweek and Forbes
Axel Springer SE:
Axel Springer's venture arm leads $16M round in NowThis Media, producer of short videos about topical stories
Discussion: TechCrunch and @jaspjackson
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
In places where data is more expensive, ad blockers help manage the cost, for customers and carriers
Discussion: @roi