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12:00 AM ET, December 12, 2017

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Andrew Kirell / The Daily Beast:
The New Yorker Fires Star Reporter Ryan Lizza Over ‘Improper Sexual Conduct’ … The New Yorker has let go of its star reporter Ryan Lizza amid allegations of sexual misconduct, the magazine confirmed Monday.  —  “The New Yorker recently learned that Ryan Lizza engaged in what we believe was improper sexual conduct.
TechCrunch:
Apple confirms Shazam acquisition; sources say deal was for about $400M, and Snap and Spotify also expressed interest  —  Dec 11, 2017, 3:59 pmDec 12, 2017, 12:38 am  —  After we broke the story last week that Apple was acquiring London-based music and image recognition service Shazam, Apple confirmed the news today.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Verizon signs five-year deal with the NFL to livestream games to any mobile, web, and connected-TV device across the US  —  Telco gains expanded multiplatform digital rights, loses status as exclusive U.S. wireless carrier for live NFL games  —  Verizon will no longer be the exclusive U.S. mobile carrier …
Jonathan Randles / Wall Street Journal:
Ex-Gawker employees have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $500K to purchase the blog out of bankruptcy and relaunch it  —  If successful, relaunched Gawker.com would be funded by readers, operated through a nonprofit foundation  —  Former employees of Gawker.com's defunct publisher …
BuzzFeed:
YouTubers posting disturbing videos about kids earned hundreds of thousands of dollars from ads, say they chased a trend that YouTube's algorithm drove  —  According to estimates, accounts shut down for potential child endangerment content could've been netting over $500,000 a month.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
With “My WSJ,” The Wall Street Journal makes a personalized content feed central to its app  —  “We don't have to ask you anything.  We just know, by virtue of you being a Journal reader, what you'd like to read and what you should read.  You don't have to tell us anything.”
Anjali Athavaley / Reuters:
Comcast says it has dropped its bid for 21st Century Fox's assets; sources say Disney still in negotiations with Fox and a deal could be reached this month  —  (Reuters) - Comcast Corp said on Monday it had abandoned its bid for most of the assets of Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc …
The Guardian:
Guardian US to be guest edited by Dreamers for three days this week with Columbia Journalism Review and Univision News co-publishing stories  —  Columbia Journalism Review and Univision News to co-publish stories commissioned by Dreamers … Today the Guardian announces it has invited a team of Dreamers to guest edit Guardian US.
MJ Franklin / Mashable:
Profile of Into, a digital magazine from Grindr that covers news and expands LGBTQ representation in media  —  John Paul Brammer remembers the day he wrote the column vividly.  He was standing in line for RuPaul's DragCon.  Inside, the New York City venue was decked out for the weekend-long celebration …
 
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Mike Ives / New York Times:
Profile of Sydney-based quarterly Mekong Review, which publishes essays and investigations about culture and politics of SE Asia where free speech is threatened
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Daily Mail Editor Paul Dacre received an overall pay package of £2.3M this year, boosted by performance-linked shares, up from £1.5M in 2016
Greg Evans / Deadline:
FX has struck a development deal with Sony Pictures Television to adapt the popular Welcome To Night Vale podcast and book series for television
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Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Mexican journalist Emilio Gutierrez, who was denied asylum by the US, says his name is on a Mexican military “kill list”, remains in ICE custody pending appeal
Corinne Grinapol / Adweek:
Hearst Digital, which has been profitable for three years straight, had 95M unique visitors to its sites in October and 15B video views in 2017, up 161% YoY
Jane Coaston / Vox:
Far-right media soothes Moore voters' cognitive dissonance by providing an alternate version of reality, delegitimizing what's outside their political bubble