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4:10 PM ET, December 13, 2016


 Top News: 
Taylor Owen / Columbia Journalism Review:
Pondering the possibilities and the challenges for journalism in virtual worlds as VR becomes mainstream  —  In June 2003, the San Francisco company Linden Labs launched a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game called Second Life.  It quickly grew to over a million users …
Discussion: Oculus, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, @tim and Fortune
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Virtual reality game-maker Survios raises Series C round led by film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer  —  Hollywood continues to spend big on virtual reality: Culver City, Calif.-based virtual reality startup Survios has raised a new Series C round of funding led by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Discussion: The Wrap and VentureBeat
Kelsey Sutton / Politico:
Time Inc.'s president and COO of sales and marketing, Mark Ellis, is leaving the company; Chief Revenue Officer Mark Ford is stepping down from his role  —  Mark Ellis, Time Inc.'s president and COO of sales and marketing, is leaving the company in March, part of a handful of executive changes …
Discussion: FishbowlNY, Folio and Media Wire Daily
Eve Peyser / Gizmodo:
Google refuses to change search results for ‘Did the Holocaust happen?’, despite previously manipulating results to favor its own products  —  If you Google “did the Holocaust happen” the first result is a link from, a neo-Nazi and white supremacist forum that's widely regarded …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Judge clears CEO and co-founders of pimping charges, says the listing site is not liable for user-generated content  —  A judge ruled the operators of the classified listings site could not be held accountable for users' content  —  The executives of classified listings site …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Jim VandeHei's new site, Axios, will have a hub in its Washington D.C. HQ called Newsdesk; the site is currently recruiting reporters in D.C. and Silicon Valley  —  Politico founder Jim VandeHei is hiring for his new startup, and the job descriptions give a few clues about what he and co-founder Mike Allen are up to.
Discussion: @poynter
Scott Dadich / Wired:
Wired will publish its first ever fiction-only issue in January, featuring sci-fi stories by different authors  —  Why fiction?  Glad you asked.  We live in uncertain times.  One of this publication's most important jobs is to see the big trends, spot important business models …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Trevor Timm / Freedom of the Press Foundation:
How the Obama administration laid the groundwork for Trump's coming crackdown on the press, starting with killing the ‘media shield’ bill  —  In the summer of 2009, less than a year after President Obama took office, one of the first orders of business for the newly empaneled …
Discussion: @johncusack
Oriana Schwindt / Variety:
BBC, ITV partner for US streaming service BritBox which will target US fans of British shows, launching 2017; AMC Networks will take minority stake  —  For nearly as long as the BBC and ITV have made their programming available for Brits to stream, there have been American viewers seeking …
Scott Nover / MediaFile:
Inside the battle between student-run GW Hatchet, a 112-year-old GWU paper, and DC as court rejects tax break request, says it isn't an educational organization  —  The District of Columbia is locked in a nearly two-year court battle against the student-run GW Hatchet at The George Washington University …
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Deirdre Edgar / Los Angeles Times:
LA Times EIC Maharaj says that two letters defending WWII internment of Japanese-Americans should not have been published, weren't “civil, fact-based discourse”
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In a letter sent Monday, National Amusements instructs Viacom and CBS to scrap merger talks, saying there is renewed confidence in Viacom under CEO Bob Bakish

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Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post:
Documents and sources: OpenAI didn't use Scarlett Johansson's voice for ChatGPT's Sky and hired another actress months before Sam Altman contacted Johansson

Mayank Parmar / BleepingComputer:
Microsoft users report a massive outage impacting, Copilot for web and mobile, Copilot in Windows, and more; ChatGPT and DuckDuckGo have similar issues

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The US House passes the Financial Innovation and Technology for the 21st Century Act, or FIT21, which would create a regulatory framework for digital assets

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