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11:45 AM ET, December 5, 2017


 Top News: 
YouTube says moderation team will have 10K+ people by end of 2018, up 25% according to sources, and pledges new ads approach to curb child exploitation problem  —  The company plans to have over 10,000 content moderators on staff by the end of 2018, YouTube CEO, Susan Wojcicki said.
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed:
Trolls got a reporter's account locked over an old joke, revealing how Twitter's rules can be exploited and how high-profile users get better customer support
Taylor Lorenz / The Daily Beast:
Facebook removes posts, suspends users for phrases like “men are scum”; ~500 female comedians staged Nov. protest using the terms, most were suspended
David Faber / CNBC:
Sources: 21st Century Fox is close to a deal with Walt Disney Co to sell its studio and TV production assets and it could come as early as next week  —  - Fox would sell movie and television production assets and keep its news, sports and broadcast network.
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Alabama Media Group, publisher of and the state's three largest papers, creates Reckon, which is focused on local news and made for a social audience  —  “Can we, as an established news company, create something that feels like a news startup focused around investigative and enterprise news, done for a social audience?"
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Brian Ross' Michael Flynn error is one among several high-profile blunders over his career  —  In 2006, ace ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross went on the air with a big scoop: Pakistani officials, he reported, had arrested Matiur Rehman, an al-Qaeda explosives expert who kept an “official” list of terrorist recruits.
Discussion: Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: daily email newsletter theSkimm is exploring a potential sale after being approached by an interested buyer  —  Daily email newsletter reaches more than 6 million subscribers, who are mostly women  —  TheSkimm, the daily news digest that has taken off with younger women …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
PBS to air CNN International's Amanpour on an interim basis to replace Charlie Rose, is finalizing plans for a public affairs program to follow Amanpour's slot  —  PBS has a plan for replacing Charlie Rose's late-night interview program, and it starts with Christiane Amanpour.
Selina Wang / Bloomberg:
Kremlin-backed Russian IRA operated dozens of Twitter accounts, part of the suspended 2,752 list, posing as local US news sources, amassing 500K+ followers  —  Twitter has suspended dozens of accounts masquerading as U.S. news sources that had more than 500,000 followers.
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
MSNBC won't renew contributor Sam Seder's contract over 2009 rape joke tweet; on his podcast Seder claimed tweet was satire, accused Cernovich of smear campaign  —  MSNBC has decided not to renew its contract with contributor Sam Seder after an old tweet emerged in which Seder joked …
The New York Times Company:
New York Times promotes Monica Drake to assistant managing editor, overseeing new digital features and projects  —  The New York Times announced today that Monica Drake will join the masthead as an assistant managing editor, overseeing new digital features and projects.
Discussion: @samdolnick
Jethro Mullen / CNNMoney:
Russia has designated nine US government-backed news outlets, including Voice of America, as foreign agents, after US forced RT to register as a foreign agent  —  Russia is labeling nine U.S. government-backed news outlets — including Voice of America — as foreign agents.
Jon Christian / The Outline:
Contributing writers to publications including Mashable, Inc, Business Insider, and Fast Co say they accepted payments in exchange for promoting companies  —  An Outline investigation found that contributors to prominent publications have taken payments in exchange for positive coverage.
Discussion: @joshuatopolsky and @jank0
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Max Willens / Digiday:
TheStreet is pivoting to consumer revenue in 2018, after failed forays into video and branded content; the site laid off 10 editorial staffers last Thursday
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Marketing tech company Zeta Global acquires commenting service Disqus, whose clients include TMZ and The Atlantic; deal was for ~$90M, says source
Vidhi Choudhary / Livemint:
Q&A: HuffPost editor in chief Lydia Polgreen on the company's India strategy, split with Times Group, the deterioration of trust in media, and focus on mobile
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Erin Carson / CNET:
A look at how hate groups have built their own financing platforms, after being largely pushed off mainstream crowdfunding sites
Discussion: The Guardian
 Earlier Picks: 
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Oprah Winfrey sells 24.5% of OWN for $70M to Discovery Communications, which now controls 70% of the company; Winfrey extends contract with network through 2025
Todd Spangler / Variety:
‘House of Cards’ Sixth and Final Season Shooting to Resume in Early 2018, Without Kevin Spacey
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News and Bill O'Reilly are being sued by Rachel Bernstein, who settled with the ex-anchor in 2002, over comments he made about his accusers in an NYT story
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Netflix's Dir. of Global Kids Content Andy Yeatman told an alleged victim of actor Danny Masterson that senior execs don't believe the claims against the actor
Catalina Albeanu /
Contributoria alumni open new site to public beta to produce peer-reviewed journalism; funding comes from donations, partnerships, and grants
Discussion: Nieman Lab