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12:35 PM ET, December 12, 2017

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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
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Kevin Draper / New York Times:
Eric Weinberger, president of the Bill Simmons Media Group, has been suspended after being named in a lawsuit containing claims of sexual harassment and assault  —  NFL Network has suspended the analysts Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor “pending an investigation” …
Discussion: ProFootballTalk
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 …
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David Faber / CNBC:
Sources: 21st Century Fox and Disney are on track to announce a deal on Thursday  —  - 21st Century Fox and Disney are on track for a Thursday deal announcement, sources familiar with the deal said.  —  21st Century Fox and Disney are on a “glide path” for a Thursday deal announcement, sources familiar with the deal said.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
In the Alabama race, Roy Moore sought to make the press his opponent, with some commentators saying the race has been turned into a referendum on the media  —  “The media” is not on the ballot in Tuesday's special election in Alabama.  That's obvious, yes, but it bears repeating because Roy Moore …
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Leaked documents show how Steve Bannon and Breitbart sought to sabotage Twitter via negative coverage, potential litigation, and stock manipulation  —  Steve Bannon and his associates at Breitbart News planned a broad financial, legal, and editorial campaign to damage Twitter, according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.
Rani Molla / Recode:
Google is sending more traffic to publishers, up 17% this year, than Facebook, who is sending 25% less traffic, according to Parse.ly  —  Facebook sent 25 percent less traffic to publishers this year, while Google increased its traffic by 17 percent, according to Parse.ly.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Former Mashable Executive Editor Jim Roberts is joining financial news startup Cheddar as editor-in-chief  —  Jim Roberts, former Mashable executive editor and veteran New York Times and Reuters digital editor, is joining streaming TV startup Cheddar as editor-in-chief to lead Cheddar's newsroom and editorial coverage.
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Former New York Times reporter Roy Reed, who covered the civil rights era, has died aged 87 in Arkansas  —  On June 6, 1966, James Meredith tried to make history for the second time.  Having integrated the University of Mississippi in 1962, he announced a plan to walk from Memphis deep into his neighboring home state.
Andrew Kirell / The Daily Beast:
The New Yorker fires Ryan Lizza, the reporter who interviewed former White House comms chief Anthony Scaramucci, after reviewing sexual misconduct allegations  —  The New Yorker has let go of its star reporter Ryan Lizza amid allegations of sexual misconduct, the magazine confirmed Monday.
Shona Ghosh / Business Insider:
A government report, being released on Wednesday, will urge Theresa May to sue Facebook, Google, and other tech firms who don't delete abusive content  —  - Facebook, Google, Twitter, and other web firms are likely to face new sanctions in the UK about hosting abusive content on their platforms.
 
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
The first robot-generated stories from the Press Association's automated news service RADAR, funded by Google's Digital News Initiative, have made it into print
Discussion: OnTheWight
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
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
With “My WSJ,” The Wall Street Journal makes a personalized content feed central to its app
MJ Franklin / Mashable:
Profile of Into, a digital magazine from Grindr that covers news and expands LGBTQ representation in media
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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
TechCrunch:
Apple confirms Shazam acquisition; sources say deal was for about $400M, and Snap and Spotify also expressed interest
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Verizon signs five-year deal with NFL, which reports estimate to be ~$2B, to stream games in US, but loses status as exclusive US carrier for live NFL games