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1:35 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.
Bloomberg:
NFL Network suspends 3 on-air analysts after sexual harassment allegations; related lawsuit also names Eric Weinberger, president of Bill Simmons' media group  —  Former employee says ex-producer sent several nude photos  —  NFL Network says employees suspended pending investigation
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.”
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Bloomberg announces the name of its new 24-hour news network on Twitter, launching December 18, is TicToc by Bloomberg  —  Bloomberg Media announced the name of its built-for-Twitter 24-hour news network — TicToc by Bloomberg — which is set to go live next Monday, Dec. 18.
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