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12:35 PM ET, December 13, 2016

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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 …
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
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
James Vincent / The Verge:
Judge clears Backpage.com 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 Backpage.com …
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 Stormfront.org, a neo-Nazi and white supremacist forum that's widely regarded …
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 …
Jason Guerrasio / Business Insider:
Director Craig Atkinson claims Netflix blacklisted him from the service after he declined their offer to purchase the rights to his film  —  In just four years, Netflix has become by far the most watched destination for documentaries, beaming titles to 190 countries and an astounding 83 million global subscribes.
Discussion: @alexeheath and @andybrodie
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 …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Stephen Hayes named EIC of the conservative Weekly Standard; Bill Kristol, the magazine's co-founder and current EIC, will become editor at large  —  The Weekly Standard has named senior writer Stephen Hayes its next editor in chief.  Bill Kristol, the magazine's co-founder and current editor …
 
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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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Politico's Chief Political Correspondent Glenn Thrush is joining the NYT to cover the White House; Thrush's roots are in tabloid journalism
 

 
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