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3:15 PM ET, December 11, 2015


 Top News: 
David Barboza / New York Times:
Alibaba Buying South China Morning Post, Aiming to Influence Media  —  The Alibaba Group, the Chinese Internet giant, is making an ambitious play to reshape media coverage of its home country, taking aim at what company executives call the “negative” portrayal of China in the Western media.
Chow Chung-yan / South China Morning Post:
Q&A with Alibaba executive vice chairman Joseph Tsai South China Morning Post sale to Alibaba, objective coverage, and plans to remove the paper's paywall  —  Alibaba buys the South China Morning Post: Full Q&A with executive vice chairman Joseph Tsai  —  Main menu
Mike Dang / The Billfold:
The Awl Network's personal finance site, The Billfold, moves to Medium platform, keeps its domain name  —  Some News: The Billfold Is Partnering With Medium  —  Earlier this fall, Medium announced that it was partnering with several different publications, including The Awl Network.
Chinese Internet czar Lu Wei says no plans to stop blocking foreign websites, defends censorship calling it regulation  —  Bad luck Zuck: China says no plans to stop blocking foreign web sites  —  Beijing (CNN)Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been courting China assiduously …
Michael Erman / Reuters:
New York judge orders daily fantasy sports companies FanDuel and DraftKings to cease operating in the state  —  NY judge shuts down daily fantasy sports in state  —  A New York judge on Friday ruled that daily fantasy sports companies FanDuel and DraftKings must cease operating in the state …
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Cost of Met's journalism investigations rises £4m in seven months to more than £40m  —  The Metropolitan Police has now spent more than £40m on investigations into journalism, figures obtained by Press Gazette show.  —  The cost of Operation Weeting into phone-hacking …
Discussion: Guardian
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
UK's Crown Prosecution Service won't bring charges against Mirror journalists or News UK due to insufficient evidence  —  No further action on UK media phone hacking, chief prosecutor says  —  Crown Prosecution Service says insufficient evidence to bring charges against News UK or former Mirror journalists
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
Ofcom research: global TV revenues hit £244bn in 2014, up 5% year over year, with UK viewers generating an average of £216 each, behind US and Germany  —  Global TV revenues hit £244bn last year  —  Subscriptions and advertising driving global growth …
Discussion: The Drum
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
Study finds 81% of UK adults used online services to watch TV or films during September and October, ahead of Europe, Japan, Australia, and US
Howard Stutz / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Las Vegas Review-Journal sold to News + Media Capital Group  —  For the second time this year, the Las Vegas Review-Journal and its sister publications in Nevada are under new owners.  —  The publications were acquired by News + Media Capital, LLC, which is backed by an …
Financial Times:
Sources: Atlantic Media in talks to sell its business news site Quartz  —  Atlantic Media in talks to sell Quartz  —  Atlantic Media has held talks with a number of potential buyers interested in digital media about a sale of or potential investment in Quartz, the publishing group's business news site …
Labor dispute at New Hampshire TV station WMUR pushes it out of sponsorship of December 19 Democratic debate  —  WMUR booted from next Democratic debate  —  New Hampshire's most influential television station is being pushed out of next week's Democratic debate.  —  The reason?
Discussion: New York Times and @gdebenedetti
Caitlin Dewey / Washington Post:
Only three of YouTube's top 10 videos of 2015 were made by ordinary YouTubers  —  The year has changed, and the exact videos have changed, but one aspect of YouTube's annual top-10 remains pretty predictable: The real powerhouses on the site that claims to have democratized Internet video …
Discussion: Fortune
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
Freedom of Press launches fundraiser to help journalists in police brutality investigations  —  Fundraiser for Heroic Chicago Independent Journalists and Future Police Brutality Investigations  —  A major scandal is currently engulfing the Chicago Police Department and the city's mayor, Rahm Emanuel.
Sayan Chakraborty / LiveMint:
Indian e-commerce site Flipkart stops selling e-books as of December 11, will transition users to Rakuten Kobo  —  Flipkart stops selling e-books  —  Flipkart Ltd will stop selling electronic books from Friday, three years after the online retailer started selling the product, acknowledging that Indians are yet to warm up to them.
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James Rainey / Variety:
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Agence France-Presse:
Turkey fines Twitter $$50,700 for allowing the publication of pro-terror content
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Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Digital President of Tribune Denise Warren outlines plans to adopt a metered paywall, overhaul the CMS, centralize back-office functions, and put mobile first
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Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
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In a first, Kickstarter hires a tech reporter, Mark Harris, to investigate and document drone startup Zano, which collapsed after raising $3.4M
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