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11:55 AM ET, December 14, 2017

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The Walt Disney Company:
Disney to acquire 21st Century Fox, including stakes in Sky and Hulu, after spinoff of certain businesses like Fox News, for $52.4B in stock  —  21st Century Fox to spin off Fox Broadcasting network and stations, Fox News, Fox Business, FS1, FS2 and Big Ten Network to its shareholders
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
New Fox, centered on live news, sports, and the Fox brand, is a return to “our roots as a lean, aggressive, challenger brand,” per Lachlan Murdoch  —  Sale of 21st Century Fox assets includes stakes in Sky in the UK and Hollywood film studio as tycoon focuses on Fox News and newspapers
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Robert Iger's contract as Disney Chairman and CEO is extended from 2019 to 2021 as a condition of Disney-21st Century Fox deal  —  Bob Iger at a Walt Disney co. event (Drew Angerer / Getty Images)  —  Walt Disney Co. said Thursday it has extended the contract of Chairman …
Discussion: CinemaBlend
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. to retire as New York Times publisher on Dec. 31 but remain as chairman, as his son, Arthur G. Sulzberger, replaces him  —  In a generational changing of the guard, Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, 37, will become the publisher of The New York Times on Jan. 1.
Discussion: Business Insider and @sewellchan
New York Times:
Four women detail violent sexual behavior by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons between 1988 and 2014, and three say he raped them; Simmons denies rape allegations  —  Mr. Simmons, a powerful gatekeeper in the entertainment and media worlds, damaged careers and self-confidence with his pattern …
New York State Attorney General:
NY AG asks for delay in net neutrality vote at FCC because public comment process was corrupted with up to 2M comments that had used stolen identities  —  NEW YORK - Today, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released new details of his office's investigation into fake comments submitted during …
Salma Hayek / New York Times:
Salma Hayek details Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment, threats, rages, and business and creative coercion as she worked to produce movie about Frida Kahlo  —  HARVEY WEINSTEIN WAS a passionate cinephile, a risk taker, a patron of talent in film, a loving father and a monster.  —  For years, he was my monster.
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
NYT hires fact-checker for DC desk, an unprecedented move for a newspaper, in response to political weaponization of reporting errors and the volume of news  —  As news errors become fodder for Trump's attacks, the venerable daily makes an extra push for accuracy.
Discussion: @moorehn and AOL
Committee to Protect Journalists:
CPJ: record high 262 journalists jailed globally in 2017 in relation to their work, with half of those imprisoned in Turkey, China, and Egypt  —  For the second year in a row, the number of journalists imprisoned for their work hit a historical high, as the U.S. and other Western powers failed …
Selina Wang / Bloomberg:
Alibaba's video streaming unit, Youku Tudou, has signed multiyear content licensing deals with NBCUniversal and Sony Pictures  —  Multiyear agreements give Youku subscribers access to movies  —  Deal comes as Alibaba doubles down in entertainment, Hollywood
Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg:
Sources: Tencent Music plans IPO in 2018, is expected to raise $1B+, valued at $10B; unit has 120M paying subscribers vs Spotify's 60M  —  Internet giant is said to plan music-business IPO next year  —  Katy Perry, local artists exploit messaging, karaoke apps
 
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Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Microsoft updates Bing with Reddit partnership, improved conversational search, Intelligent Image Search, ability to better surface different viewpoints, more
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
How ad networks and publishers are using page redirects and “pop-unders” to create tons of legitimate-looking traffic, a technique commonly found on porn sites
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Alex Zielinski / San Antonio Curent:
Federal judge drops felony charge of inciting a riot against photojournalist Alexei Wood and five other defendants stemming from inauguration day protests
Discussion: Washingtonian
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Patreon CEO Jack Conte says the company will “press pause” on planned change to service fee for each pledge, set to start Dec. 18, after uproar from creators
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources: Facebook plans to end program that paid ~300 publishers and other content creators to produce videos for News Feed
Discussion: The Wrap, Thanks:@beet_tv