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4:25 PM ET, November 8, 2017

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Financial Times:
Sources: US DoJ tells AT&T it needs to sell CNN to get Time Warner merger approval; source says “It's all about CNN”; source says AT&T plans to sue DoJ  —  AT&T has been told by the US Department of Justice that it needs to sell CNN, Time Warner's cable news channel …
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Reuters:
Source: Department of Justice is pushing AT&T for “structural remedies”, which can involve selling assets, to satisfy antitrust concerns over Time Warner deal  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice is pushing AT&T Inc (T.N) for “structural remedies” …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
When Trump's DoJ threatens to scuttle AT&T-Time Warner deal unless CNN is sold, business leaders feel the chill as well as journalists  —  Chilling.  —  What would it look like if the President of the United States punished American businesses he didn't like, or news organizations that reported things he didn't like?
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
AT&T CFO John Stephens says the closing time for the company's $85.4B acquisition of Time Warner is now uncertain, as negotiations with DOJ continue  —  “I can't comment on those discussions,” John Stephens told a Wells Fargo investor conference in New York, but reiterated …
Discussion: Fox News and The Verge
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Apple commits to at least two seasons of a show about the morning TV show industry, with Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston as stars and executive producers  —  Friends stars, reunited!  In 2019, probably.  —  Apple is already making a TV show with Steven Spielberg.
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
Inside the White House press corps: a look at how reporters cover the White House and how Trump exploits the news cycle to distract them from serious stories  —  Trump and his team understand that for the political press, the only thing that matters is what's happening right now, not yesterday.
Caitlyn Gribbin / ABC:
Facebook tests hashing to eliminate revenge porn in some countries; users send nude pics to themselves that Facebook will hash so they never appear on its sites  —  If you've had a nude photo taken, you might be nervous about where it could end up.  —  Your phone may be hacked …
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Disney's boycott of the LA Times was one media company punishing another, and it showed how much power the press has lost  —  Journalists have become so powerless that they can now be safely ignored.  —  That's not my view, but the view of the Walt Disney Company, which last week banned …
Terri Cullen / CNBC:
SEC filing shows China's Tencent bought a ~10% minority stake in Snap; sources say Tencent purchased 145.8M nonvoting shares over the last quarter  —  - The news comes as a vote of confidence in Snap, one day after the company posted a huge revenue miss for the third quarter.
Karen K. Ho / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of Jay Caspian King, Vice News Tonight's civil rights correspondent and a prominent writer on issues like Asian-American culture and race  —  Jay Caspian Kang collects basketball sneakers.  He surfs.  He plays poker and says he once lost $9,000 to a stripper wearing heart-shaped sunglasses in Las Vegas.
Discussion: Publishers Weekly
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
NYU journalism professors are refusing to teach at school's Abu Dhabi campus after the UAE denied a visa for a NYU faculty member  —  Journalism professors at New York University are refusing to teach at the school's Abu Dhabi campus, after officials in the United Arab Emirates denied a faculty member a visa to teach there.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Amazon launches $50 Fire TV Stick Basic Edition without Alexa in 100 markets, in a bid to drive adoption of its Prime streaming service  —  We're approaching one year since Amazon expanded its Prime video service to over 200 countries internationally, and today the company is doubling …
Discussion: GeekWire, Business Wire and The Verge
 
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