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5:45 PM ET, December 19, 2015


 Top News: 
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
GateHouse ordered Las Vegas Review-Journal to scrutinize local judges before sale of paper; one judge is involved in Adelson casino wrongful termination suit  —  Judge in Adelson lawsuit subject to unusual scrutiny amid Review-Journal sale  —  Just over a month before Sheldon Adelson's family …
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
New York Times needs systemic changes to fix problems that led to errors in San Bernardino shooting story  —  Systemic Change Needed After Faulty Times Article  —  Mistakes are bound to happen in the news business, but some are worse than others.  —  What I'll lay out here was a bad one.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
NYT Public Editor Margaret Sullivan will depart in 2016  —  Margaret Sullivan will conclude her tenure as public editor of The New York Times when her four-year contract expires in eight months, she told Poynter today.  —  “Yes, I am headed into the home stretch of my four-year term,” she said in an email.
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Star Wars sets a record with $57M in opening-day sales, but Disney stock falls about 4% amid analyst concerns about ESPN sports rights, other TV licensing deals  —  Walt Disney Stock Tumbles as ‘Force Awakens’ Soars  —  “Even The Force cannot protect ESPN,” says BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield as he downgrades the stock to “sell.”
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Knight Foundation to donate $140K to PolitiFact to fact-check political posts on Medium during presidential election  —  The Knight Foundation Funds PolitiFact to Fact-check Political Posts on Medium  —  The publishing platform Medium is getting a cash infusion from the John S …
Rex Sorgatz / Nieman Lab:
Podcasting will continue to push into the mainstream with better experience, content, and revenue  —  The podcasting scene will explode  —  Some media analysts see a bubble poised to burst; others, incremental growth.  I see something more radical: a complete regime change in the audio landscape.
Discussion: @jeremysliew and @drew
Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal:
Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks Relaunches as Amblin Partners  —  Studio signs multiyear distribution deal with Universal Pictures  —  Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks Studios has found its fourth lease on life.  —  The company, which has struggled financially since its last relaunch in 2009 …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Michele Norris leaving NPR, expanding her Race Card Project  —  Michele Norris, a mainstay of NPR for the past 13 years, is saying farewell to the public radio powerhouse.  —  Norris said in an interview that she will devote more time to The Race Card Project, her award-winning effort …
Stephen Heyman / Slate:
UK's Waterstones, which reached profitability again after cutting staff and increasing autonomy, could serve as a model to save Barnes & Noble  —  Big-Box Bookstores Don't Have to Die  —  This large chain in the U.K. made a shocking turnaround by doing something surprising: trusting its booksellers.
Discussion: @mariskreizman and Bookseller News
James Cusick / The Independent:
UK chancellor George Osborne met twice with Rupert Murdoch before deciding on £650M cut to BBC budget  —  Osborne ‘held two meetings with Murdoch before deciding on BBC cuts’  —  George Osborne held two private meetings with Rupert Murdoch in June this year before the Treasury informed …
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Facebook opens its live video-streaming tool to verified Pages  —  First there were celebrities, then influencers, then nonverified individuals.  Today, Facebook is opening up access to its live-streaming service to brands on the social network.  Now T-Mobile, Nike, Ford, NBC …
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Daily Mail editor-in-chief Paul Dacre's 2015 pay falls nearly 40% to £1.48M as he moves to long-term incentive pay scale
David Wallis / The New York Observer:
Q&A with Hearst president David Carey on cross-cultural challenges, media startups, and rivalry with Condé Nast
Stefano Esposito / Chicago Sun-Times:
Source: after three-month run, New York Post to end distribution in Chicago at the end of 2015
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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Ben Fox / Associated Press:
US military to limit media access to Guantanamo Bay prison
Discussion: Sputnik International
Micah Singleton / The Verge:
Facebook expands its Music Stories in News Feed to the web, coming to Android in late January, adds Deezer, Rhapsody, KKBOX, plus audio clips for NPR
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Cox found liable for copyright infringements of its customers, must pay music publisher BMG $25M in damages

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The Block:
The US SEC approves spot Ethereum ETFs from BlackRock, Fidelity, Grayscale, Bitwise, VanEck, Ark, Invesco Galaxy, and Franklin Templeton

Mayank Parmar / BleepingComputer:
Users reported a massive Microsoft outage that impacted Bing, Copilot on the web and mobile, Copilot in Windows, ChatGPT's internet search, DuckDuckGo, and more

Jyoti Mann / Business Insider:
Screenshots of Google's AI Overview giving bizarre answers go viral, including telling users to add “1/8 cup of non-toxic glue” to make cheese stick on a pizza

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