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5:20 AM ET, December 15, 2016


 Top News: 
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
Michael Flynn Jr., son of Trump's national security advisor General Michael Flynn, slammed the Washington Post and questioned if it should continue to operate  —  Michael Flynn Jr., the son of incoming Donald Trump national security advisor Gen. Michael Flynn, attacked The Washington Post Wednesday …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Memo: Politico ends Julia Ioffe's contract after she sends vulgar tweet about Trump, reiterates that its journalists should not share opinion on any platform  —  Politico has terminated its contract with magazine writer Julia Ioffe after she sent a tweet that referenced a possible incestuous …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Trump has gone 36 days without holding a press conference since becoming President-Elect, twelve times longer than Bush and Obama  —  The president-elect postpones this week's press conference, his first planned since July, while holding four “Thank You” rallies — and meeting Kanye.
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
In radio interview, Trump's chief of staff Reince Priebus says there are “different ways” to do WH daily briefing, seemingly suggesting it could be abolished
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
150 prominent filmmakers sign an open letter to major camera makers, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, and others, asking for default storage encryption  —  In the summer of 2013, when documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras was shooting a still-secret NSA leaker named Edward Snowden in a Hong Kong hotel room, she took security seriously.
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Twitter's rule against inciting harassment means it could ban President-Elect Trump, but free speech advocates argue his tweets have value  —  If Twitter wanted to, it would be well within its rights to suspend Donald J. Trump's account.  —  After the president-elect used Twitter last week …
Claire Reilly / CNET:
Australian federal court orders ISPs to block torrenting sites, including The Pirate Bay, within 15 business days under new site-blocking law  —  Goodbye Pirate Bay, farewell TorrentHound — Australia's ISPs have been ordered to block a raft of torrenting sites under new site-blocking laws.
Discussion: Softpedia News, ABC, The Guardian and Techly
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
DirecTV and U-verse drop Esquire Network, owned by NBCUniversal and Hearst; network will still be carried in 45M homes  —  Net will still be available in about 45 million homes  —  AT&T's DirecTV and U-verse subscribers will be without the Esquire Network as of about 1 a.m. Eastern Time on Dec. 15 …
Discussion: Deadline and Variety
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Facebook is in talks with TV shows and video producers about licensing content including original, licensed, scripted, unscripted, and sports programming  —  The company says it wants to “kickstart” its video efforts.  —  Facebook, which has long relied on other people to provide it with content …
Joel Stein / Bloomberg:
Imzy, founded by two former Reddit employees, launched in October to be a gentler version of Reddit; site has 50K members and $11M in seed funding  —  Imzy, started by two former Reddit employees, wants to be a kinder, gentler version of the controversial discussion site.  —  by  —  Subscribe Reprints
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Commenting platform Disqus lays off 20% of its workforce, or 11 people, as it shifts business models to focus on data services for publishers and advertisers  —  Some downsizing and refocusing is underway at Disqus, the startup incubated at Y-Combinator that became an early mover in the business …
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / WWD:
Amid increased concerns about fake news, The New Yorker adds a “not the news” tagline and banner to The Borowitz Report  —  The New Yorker has taken steps to clarify that The Borowitz Report is not actually true.  —  What it looks like when The Borowitz Report is shared on social media.
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Kelsey Sutton / Politico:
BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith and ex-Politico editor Susan Glasser say it's worrisome press didn't stand up sooner when Trump blacklisted some news orgs
Hadas Gold / Politico:
CQ Roll Call Chief Content Officer David Ellis is leaving the company, as it reorganizes its senior executive team
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Sources: Time Inc. wants to offload xoJane and xoVain which it acquired just over a year ago; founder Jane Pratt is searching for an investor or new publisher
Discussion: Media Wire Daily
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Sources: The Daily Mail's US political editor David Martosko interviewed for a position in the Trump administration
Discussion: @timobrien
New York Times:
Amplified by the US media, Russia executed an effective cyber offensive against the DNC, aided by a sluggish FBI response