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10:05 AM ET, December 9, 2016


 Top News: 
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
As media faces more criticism and fake news causes real trouble, it's tempting to tune out, but this moment requires keen awareness and critical thinking  —  In another strange time in American history, the counterculture guru Timothy Leary urged people to “turn on, tune in, drop out.”
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.
John Markoff / Backchannel:
Twenty-eight year veteran NYT tech reporter John Markoff to retire, will remain on contract for more stories, and become writer in residence at Berkeley in 2017  —  I'm retiring from the greatest job I ever knew—but I still believe that journalism will thrive … Yes, I'm retiring from the New York Times.
Peter Sterne / Politico:
BuzzFeed adds Tampa Bay Times' Anthony Cormier, a Pulitzer winner, to its investigative unit, and hires Daily Beast's Nancy Youssef to cover the Pentagon  —  Buzzfeed News is adding Anthony Cormier to its Investigative Unit and Nancy Youssef to its World team, the company was set to announce on Friday.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Breaking News, NBC News' 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 …
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Wall Street Journal grows digital subscriptions from 948K in August to 1M+ now, pitching subscriptions when staffers or subscribers share non-paywalled links  —  Despite a bad fall shadowed by news about ad revenue declines and layoffs, the Journal has ridden what seems to be a post-election wave of interest in paid media.
Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
Fox News closes six-year-old Fox News Latino, its English-language site aimed at the Latino community in US and Latin America  —  Fox News is shuttering Fox News Latino, its six-year-old independent site dedicated to covering news for the Latino community in English.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Sources: Nielsen in advanced talks to acquire media data firm Gracenote, one source says deal could be between $450M and $500M  —  Nielsen is in advanced talks to acquire Emeryville, Calif.-based media data specialist Gracenote from Tribune Media, Variety has learned from multiple sources.
Discussion: @mathewi, @jank0 and @jank0
Wall Street Journal:
Time Inc. hires Morgan Stanley and Bank of America to weigh takeover offers after overtures from investors including Edgar Bronfman Jr.; stock up 7%+  —  Move follows bid from group including Edgar Bronfman Jr  —  Time Inc. hired banks to help field takeover or partnership interest …
Jessica Taylor / NPR:
Hillary Clinton urges action from private and public sectors to combat malicious fake news and false propaganda  —  Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke about the dangers of the promulgation of fake news on Thursday after conspiracy stories involving her campaign spurred violence recently.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
A new study finds that the Associated Press' automated coverage of company's earnings releases has increased firms' trading volume and liquidity  —  The Associated Press' automated coverage of company's earnings releases has increased firms' trading volume and liquidity …
Matt Pressberg / The Wrap:
Lionsgate closes its purchase of pay-TV network Starz in $4.4 billion cash-and-stock deal  —  “The Hunger Games” studio Lionsgate has closed its $4.4 billion deal to acquire pay-TV network Starz, after the two companies' shareholders approved the merger in a near-unanimous vote, Lionsgate announced in a Thursday statement.
Discussion: Variety and Deadline
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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
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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Secret co-founder David Byttow launches IO, an anonymous platform for longer-form “authentic publishing”
Discussion: CNNMoney and Engadget
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
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
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