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2:15 AM ET, December 26, 2015


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Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Without a clear newsroom leader, Las Vegas Review-Journal staffers worry about their jobs and wonder who's vetting the articles they write about the paper  —  The Las Vegas Review-Journal Is in Upheaval After a Sale to Adelson  —  Shortly after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Michael Hengel …
Matthew Kauffman / Hartford Courant:
Signs of plagiarism found in New Britain Herald article at the center of Las Vegas Review-Journal controversy  —  Controversial Article Has Passages Nearly Identical To Those In Other Publications  —  Michael E. Schroeder, publisher and president of the New Britain Herald and the Bristol Press, in 2009.
Steve Collins Facebook:
Bristol Press reporter resigns in protest following plagiarized piece connected to Sheldon Adelson  —  Why I quit my job as a reporter today  —  Twenty five years ago, as a young reporter, I sat in an Upstate New York courtroom where a judge ordered me to hand over a leaked hospital lab slip …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Review-Journal editor steps down in wake of Adelson family purchase  —  Mike Hengel, the top editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, told his staff Tuesday that he is stepping down, two weeks after the family of casino mogul Sheldon Adelson took control of the newspaper.  —  Several staffers reported the news on Twitter.
DraftKings and FanDuel sue to keep operating in Illinois  —  DraftKings Inc. vowed to keep awarding cash prizes for fantasy sports contests in Illinois despite the state attorney general's opinion that the games amount to illegal gambling.  —  The Boston-based company said it would fight …
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
FanDuel & DraftKings Are “Illegal Gambling”, Says Illinois A.G.
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Univision lost $17.8M on Fusion in the first 9 months of 2015, 50% higher than the 2014 first 9 month loss of $11.9M  —  Here's How Much Disney and Univision Have Lost on Fusion  —  Fusion, the millennial-focused television network and online media property jointly owned by Walt Disney Co. and Univision …
Discussion: @rustyk5
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Disney in talks with Univision to exit joint venture Fusion by the end of the year
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Songkick Sues Live Nation, Saying It Abuses Its Market Power  —  In a case that offers a glimpse into the lucrative but often hidden business of concert tickets, a small company has sued Live Nation Entertainment in federal court, accusing the multibillion-dollar concert giant of abusing …
Bryan Lufkin / Gizmodo:
Disney-funded VR service, Littlstar, announces it's bringing 360-degree videos to Apple TV  —  You Can Now Watch 360-Degree Video on Your TV  —  Earlier this year, YouTube rolled out 360-degree videos.  Like magic, they let you peer around in any direction from within the video.
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Josh Elliott Leaving NBC After Less Than Two Years  —  Josh Elliott, the former Good Morning America co-anchor who was considered a major hire in spring 2014 when he was poached from ABC, is leaving NBC after less than two years.  —  “I'm grateful for the chance to work with the remarkable team …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Express Newspapers seeks almost £4m in editorial budget cuts  —  Richard Desmond's press group not thought to be looking at reducing numbers of staff, who have been refused pay rise for eighth consecutive year  —  Richard Desmond is seeking almost £4m in cuts to editorial budgets …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Richard Desmond to extend pricing strategy by halving cost of Express
Discussion: Guardian
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Interview with Google's head of news and social products about AMP, Google's plan to speed up the mobile Web  —  Inside Google's plan to speed up the mobile Web … Earlier this year, Google announced an effort to speed up mobile news — and the entire mobile Web — with a new initiative called Accelerated Mobile Pages.
Discussion: @wblau
Disney is making a fortune and safeguarding its future by buying childhood, piece by piece  —  UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Star Wars, Disney and myth-making Fly Title:  Briefing: Disney Rubric:  Disney is making a fortune and safeguarding its future by buying childhood …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
The Beatles are available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal, Amazon's Prime Music, and others from December 24  —  The Beatles Are Coming to Apple Music, Spotify and Everywhere Else on Christmas Eve  —  You can spend Christmas streaming the Beatles.
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