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8:00 AM ET, December 9, 2015


 Top News: 
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
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 …
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 …
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: some media firms are pulling back from syndicating videos with AOL On network, uncertain where their videos appear  —  AOL On's Video Distribution Troubles Media Partners  —  Network syndicates 2.5 million videos from media companies to place on websites
Mark Scott / New York Times:
Europe to create a digital single market in which digital content can be temporarily viewed throughout the EU regardless of European country of purchase  —  Europe Plans to Ease Copyright Rules on Using Digital Content  —  Europe's policy makers on Wednesday will announce far-reaching plans …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Time Out to cut about 40 staff in UK and US  —  Listings title aims to focus on digital as it becomes a global multimedia business  —  Time Out is to cut about 40 staff at its UK and US operations as part of a strategic refocus of the listings magazine into a global multimedia business.
Dana Rubinstein / Politico:
Port Authority to weigh $25M in incentives for 21st Century Fox and News Corp at 2 World Trade Center; firms would commit to 1.5M square feet for 30 years  —  Port and New York State consider subsidizing News Corp. lease  —  New York State and the Port Authority are considering giving …
Beatrice Verhoeven / The Wrap:
Mashable to Distribute First Feature Film “CodeGirl”  —  Mashable and FilmBuff are partnering to distribute and promote the documentary “CodeGirl,” written and directed by Lesley Chilcott, on Mashable and the social news site's AppleTV app.  —  “CodeGirl” chronicles teams of high school girls around …
Discussion: PRWeb and The Drum
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
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