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9:20 AM ET, November 16, 2017


 Top News: 
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter says users can now have verified status revoked, unveils new guidelines for verified accounts as it works on authentication and verification program  —  A risky new step in the fight to reduce harassment  —  Twitter will begin removing verification badges from users who violate its rules, the company said today.
New York Times:
Sources: Time Inc. in talks again to sell to Meredith Corporation, in a deal backed by an equity injection of $500M from Charles and David Koch  —  Time Inc. is said to be in talks to sell itself to the Meredith Corporation, in a deal backed by Charles G. and David H. Koch …
David Shepardson / Reuters:
Sources: FCC's Ajit Pai expected to roll out details on reversing net neutrality next week, seeking a final vote on the plan Dec. 14  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the Federal Communications Commission is set to unveil plans next week for a final vote to reverse a landmark 2015 net …
Al Tompkins / Poynter:
FCC expected to vote Thursday on media ownership rules, including those affecting the Sinclair-Tribune merger and cross-ownership of newspapers and TV stations  —  The Federal Communications Commission will vote Thursday on whether to relax decades-old rules that prevent the same company …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
UnitedMasters, led by Steve Stoute and supporting musicians as record labels have, raised $70M Series A from Alphabet, a16z, and 20th Century Fox  —  Record labels are obsolete.  They haven't kept up as music evolved from selling CDs to streaming songs to promoting concert tickets and merchandise.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The Trust Project says some news outlets have begun displaying tags so readers can identify trustworthy news, tech giants will use tags to fight fake news  —  “The hope is that, if news organizations are more clear and transparent about what they're doing, then users can make their own decisions."
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
How the Weinstein Company is crumbling amid outside lawsuits, a potential internal lawsuit, and possible bankruptcy  —  Whether the disgraced mogul ends up broke or behind bars, one thing is certain: His judicial woes have just begun.  Says one expert, “I've never seen anything like this.”
Anita Busch / Deadline:
Amazon Studios acquires The Bunker, a screenplay from Vanity Fair correspondent Nick Bilton, about a group of billionaires after an attack on the US  —  EXCLUSIVE: Some of the best screenwriters have come from journalism.  Amazon Studios has acquired the screenplay pitch The Bunker from former …
Discussion: Axios
Brandy Zadrozny / The Daily Beast:
More than a dozen current and former employees at Vice say the company has a culture of sexual harassment that management ignored  —  In the summer of 2015, Phoebe Barghouty was 23 years old and had a new master's degree in journalism from Stanford—but little other experience …
Choi Chi-yuk / South China Morning Post:
Voice of America fires three suspended staff members over a streamed interview in April with exiled Chinese tycoon Guo Wengui  —  Washington-based journalists Sasha Gong Xiaoxia and Dong Fang interviewed the fugitive Chinese tycoon at an undisclosed location on April 19
Fred Barbash / Washington Post:
Fox News anchor Shep Smith debunked his own network's coverage of a Hillary Clinton conspiracy theory around uranium, provoking outrage among some viewers  —  Fox News anchor Shepard Smith debunked what his own network has called the Hillary Clinton uranium “scandal,” infuriating Fox viewers …
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Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:
Advertisers' messages get muddled as they walk back or delete tweets about Hannity's show with little explanation
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
Voice of America reporter Joshua Fatzick has been placed on administrative leave during investigation of Reddit posts
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
“Jane Doe” is trying to bring the first class action lawsuit against Weinstein Co. and Miramax over Harvey Weinstein's behavior, claiming racketeering
Discussion: @popehat and Variety
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Ken Bensinger / BuzzFeed:
Witness in FIFA trial says that six media companies, including Fox Sports, bribed officials for soccer broadcasting rights; Fox denies claim
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Kickstarter launches Drip, a new service that lets fans subscribe to their favorite creators, including Feminist Frequency's Anita Sarkeesian
The Guardian:
Edinburgh University study identifies 419 Russia-linked Twitter accounts that tweeted about Brexit, all from a list of 2,752 accounts Twitter supplied to US