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8:35 PM ET, November 16, 2017


 Top News: 
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Report: Mashable has agreed to sell itself to Ziff Davis for around $50M, a fraction of the site's $250M valuation less than two years ago  —  Digital-media firm Mashable has clinched a sale for the company — and it's not for a price that founder Pete Cashmore or investors including Turner were looking for.
Sources: Comcast has approached 21st Century Fox to express interest in buying some major assets  —  Comcast has approached 21st Century Fox and expressed interest in an acquisition of some of Fox's assets, sources say.  —  Comcast is interested in the same set of assets that Disney approached Fox about.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: BuzzFeed to miss 2017 revenue target by 15%-20%, and 2018 IPO looks unlikely; Vice Media is also expected to miss its revenue target  —  Prospects for a 2018 initial public offering by the high-profile publisher now appear remote  —  Digital publisher BuzzFeed is on track to miss …
Ted Johnson / Variety:
In a 3-2 vote, FCC rolls back longstanding media ownership rules, including regulation blocking broadcasters from owning a newspaper in the same market  —  WASHINGTON — Broadcasters will be allowed to combine with a newspaper in the same market, and could be allowed to own two of the top four stations …
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."
David Folkenflik / NPR:
As NPR reviews sexual harassment allegations, Roger LaMay announces he's stepping down as board chair, chief news editor David Sweeney is placed on paid leave  —  As NPR's Board of Directors meet in Washington, D.C., this week, the network finds itself confronted by a series of dispiriting developments …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Knight releases a report on its decade of funding the Knight News Challenge and announces $4.5M in new funding for eight previous winners  —  Ten years, 190 projects, and $49 million later, the Knight Foundation has released a report about what it's learned over a decade of funding the Knight News Challenge.
Discussion: Data & Society
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
Executive editor Martin Baron says the response to Washington Post's Roy Moore story has reached a “stunning level of deceit, deception and dirty tricks”  —  A minister in south Alabama gets a phone call from a man who says he is a Washington Post reporter offering cash for dirt about Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Meredith has submitted a bid for Time Inc. in the $17-$20/share range, valuing Time at almost $2B; stock rose 28% on Thursday  —  Price would value Time Inc.'s equity at almost $2 billion  —  Meredith Corp. MDP 10.51% has made a takeover bid for storied magazine publisher Time Inc …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: a Barnes & Noble activist investor is proposing taking the bookseller private, with help of shareholders and debt financing  —  A proposal by Sandell Asset Management would value the bookseller at more than $650 million  —  An activist investor in Barnes & Noble Inc. BKS 10.98% …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter says it will monitor verified users' offline behavior and remove verification badges if behavior is inconsistent with its rules  —  What losing a badge really means  —  Twitter's announcement yesterday that it would begin removing verification badges from some accounts had an immediate impact …
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
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Discussion: Axios
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