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5:40 PM ET, December 5, 2017


 Top News: 
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.
Financial Times:
Sources: James Murdoch has been suggested as a potential successor to Disney CEO Bob Iger, due to retire in 2019, if Disney acquires 21st Century Fox assets  —  Matthew Garrahan in London, Arash Massoudi in London and James Fontanella-Khan in New York  —  James Murdoch has been suggested …
Associated Press:
12 American Media ex-employees share details of complaints about Dylan Howard's behavior and an ensuing probe, after which he left before returning a year later  — 6e2d84f06a79  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The top editor for the National Enquirer …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Ziff Davis has bought Mashable for less than $50M; source: about 50 people will likely be laid off and founder Pete Cashmore will stay at the company  —  Founder Pete Cashmore is staying.  —  Mashable, once a fast-growing digital publisher with big ambitions, has been sold at a fire sale price.
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.
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.
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.
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
Rebecca Carroll / Esquire:
Former Charlie Rose producer Rebecca Carroll writes about her experience as the only black journalist working on the show in the late 1990s  —  As one powerful man after another faces allegations of sexual misconduct, we're still not talking about the ramifications for black women.
Nicholas Quah / Nieman Lab:
Sources: Apple has acquired Oakland-based Pop Up Archive, an online platform that builds tools to transcribe, organize, and search audio files  —  Plus: Public radio deals with a new wave of harassment allegations, Reddit and WBUR team up, et l'industrie du podcast au Québec.
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 …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
YouTube says it's pulling support for Amazon Echo Show today, will cut access to YouTube on Amazon FireTV starting Jan. 1; Amazon stops selling new Nest devices  —  New Nest devices have mysteriously disappeared from Amazon  —  Three months ago, YouTube pulled its programming …
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
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