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7:35 PM ET, December 8, 2016


 Top News: 
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Trump will remain executive producer of Celebrity Apprentice, getting royalties through MGM, likely in the low five figures per episode  —  Donald Trump will remain an exec producer on NBC's “Celebrity Apprentice,” which is returning Jan. 2 after a two-year hiatus with new host Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Breaking News, NBC News' popular alert app, to shut down at the end of the year due to lack of revenue; all 20+ staff to remain on payroll until January 20  —  Breaking News, the popular alert app from NBC News, is shutting down at the end of the year.  —  The entire staff at Breaking News …
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
The Guardian is joining up with Vice as part of a content deal that will see Guardian journalists work at Vice's London offices and contribute to its HBO show  —  Deal will see Guardian journalists work at Vice's London offices and contribute to US TV network HBO
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Interview with Vice CEO Shane Smith, who says that Vice will decide on an IPO at a board meeting in January  —  Shane Smith, the bombastic founder and CEO of Vice, thinks the current political climate is “crazy” and that the level of dysfunction in Washington is at a whole new level never seen before in history.
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Donations to nonprofit journalism groups up after election night with ProPublica receiving $750K, eclipsing total donations of $500K in 2015  —  WASHINGTON — It did not take long after election night for the donations to start pouring in to America's nonprofit journalism organizations.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Source: Spotify backs away from SoundCloud acquisition after months of talks to focus on IPO  —  The digital music marriage that many wanted to happen isn't happening after all.  Spotify has given up on its latest effort to buy SoundCloud following months of talks between the two …
Steve McClellan / MediaPost:
WPP CEO Martin Sorell says the ad firm will spend $70M on Snapchat this year, versus $5.5B on Google, up from $4B a year ago, and $1.75B on Facebook  —  Facebook may have issues with measurement, but they don't appear to be hampering the social media giant's advertising growth.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
YouTube reaches settlement with National Music Publishers' Association over unpaid royalties; sources say deal is worth $40M+  —  YouTube, the latest target of the music industry's battle over royalties and control, has taken steps this week to mend fences and show that it is a good partner.
Discussion: The Verge, RAIN News and hypebot
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Google Daydream adds two video apps, NextVR and HBO, which will let subscribers watch TV on a virtual big screen; Netflix is listed as coming later this month  —  Google's Daydream virtual reality headset is getting a new slate of games and apps.  Today, seven more titles are padding out the library …
Discussion: Multichannel News and VentureBeat
Frances Robles / New York Times:
In latest episode over proliferation of fake news, a Tampa woman who believes the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax is charged with threatening a victim's parent  —  MIAMI — In the latest episode over the proliferation of fake news and the people who believe it, a Tampa woman who thinks …
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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Secret co-founder David Byttow launches IO, an anonymous platform for longer-form “authentic publishing”
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Lisa Respers France / CNNMoney:
Analysis of 86M+ Netflix users' viewing habits in 190 countries shows 59% pause for about three days after binge watching a series before starting a new show
Discussion: Variety
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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson defends AT&T-Time Warner merger at Senate subcommittee hearing, saying deal won't hurt customers or competitors
Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
The Washington Post adds editor's note to its article about Russian propaganda amid US election, saying it does not vouch for findings of PropOrNot group
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