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8:55 AM ET, December 7, 2016


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Sources: Trump fired Michael G. Flynn Jr., the son of senior security adviser Michael Flynn, for using Twitter to promote fake news related to Pizzagate  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump on Tuesday fired one of his transition team's staff members, Michael G. Flynn …
Nancy Gibbs / TIME:
TIME Magazine editor Nancy Gibbs on why Trump was chosen as Person of the Year, says he empowered a hidden electorate and framed tomorrow's political culture  —  This is the 90th time we have named the person who had the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Lydia Polgreen, editorial director of NYT Global, is named editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, succeeding Arianna Huffington  —  The New York Times' “rising star” becomes the site's second newsroom leader, following founder Arianna Huffington.  —  NEW YORK Lydia Polgreen …
Nick Baumann / The Huffington Post:
FBI investigates joke about “destroying trump ballots” made on Twitter by the Huffington Post's Nick Baumann  —  Seriously?  Seriously.  —  Senior Enterprise Editor, The Huffington Post  —  This is a story about how the FBI came to investigate a joke I tweeted about fake news.
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Ipsos survey of 3,015 US adults shows fake news headlines fooled people about 75% of the time  —  Fake news headlines fool American adults about 75% of the time, according to a large-scale new survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs for BuzzFeed News.  —  The survey also found that people …
Nathan McAlone / Business Insider:
YouTube has paid over $1B to the music industry in the last year, from advertising alone  —  In the last year, YouTube has paid out over $1 billion to the music industry from advertising alone, the company revealed on Tuesday.  —  Bolstered by music subscription revenue …
Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
Weather Channel hits back at Breitbart for using its video to cast doubt on climate change in story promoted online by U.S. House committee  —  The Weather Channel on Tuesday skewered Breitbart after one of its videos appeared in a story which aimed to cast doubt on the science of climate change.
Asma Khalid / NPR:
NPR's Asma Khalid on the difficulties of being a Muslim reporter covering the 2016 election, facing veiled threats and constant harassment  —  Sometime in early 2016 between a Trump rally in New Hampshire, where a burly man shouted something at me about being Muslim, and a series …
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Pandora unveils its on-demand, personalized music streaming service Premium, with launch expected in Q1 2017  —  That Pandora was planning to launch a full fledged Spotify competitor was no secret.  The company said as much last year when it bought the ashes of Rdio, which had filed for bankruptcy.
Lora Kolodny / TechCrunch:
Hacker News, the discussion site run by Y Combinator, is holding a Political Detox Week as an experiment, banning political content  —  Can social media even exist without political debate?  What about trolls?  Hacker News, the social news site run by Y Combinator, is trying to find out.
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Joe Pompeo / Politico:
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
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