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9:20 PM ET, December 14, 2017


 Top News: 
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
FCC votes to dismantle Obama administration net neutrality rules in a 3-2 vote  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to dismantle landmark rules regulating the businesses that connect consumers to the internet, granting broadband companies power to potentially reshape Americans' online experiences.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
The inability of Ajit Pai and Republican FCC commissioners to make a fact-based case for repeal of popular net neutrality rules will be a problem for GOP  —  Killing net neutrality isn't just bad policy, it's bad politics  —  Well, it happened.  —  Republican Ajit Pai's FCC voted 3-2 …
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
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
With Disney deal, Murdoch's decades-long acquisition streak comes to an end in the face of the rise of streaming, despite past and current efforts to scale  —  For a while, Rupert Murdoch seemed invincible.  —  First, the mogul emerged relatively unscathed from a 2011 phone hacking scandal involving …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Disney-Fox deal gives Disney controlling Hulu stake, a Sky stake, a network of local sports cable channels; Fox gets to cash out and resolve succession plans  —  Ultimately, it was the Mouse that roared — and the Fox that beat a retreat from the global stage.
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Post-merger, “New Fox” to include live news, sports, and the Fox brand, as 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
Michael Farrell / Broadcasting & Cable:
“New Fox” might add to portfolio of local TV stations, Rupert Murdoch says in analyst call; it now owns 28 stations in 17 markets, comprising 37% of US TV homes  —  Murdoch says any deals would depend on price  —  The new 21st Century Fox could add to its TV station portfolio …
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Sources: NYT investigation of WH correspondent Glenn Thrush is winding down, after Vox post on “unwanted groping and kissing”, with result expected by Christmas  —  Some three dozen detailed interviews will determine whether the star White House correspondent will keep his job …
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.
Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
Amazon says it will start selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast again, two years after removing them  —  The e-commerce powerhouse adds five Apple TV and Chromecast devices to its online store, offering an olive branch to both Google and Apple.  —  Amazon said Thursday that it will again …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook confirms it will stop subsidies for Facebook Live publishers, encouraging them to use mid-roll ads, and says pre-roll ads are coming to Watch  —  Everyone's least favorite ads are coming to Facebook, but six-second pre-rolls will only appear on original Watch tab videos you purposefully view and not in the News Feed.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple launches its podcast analytics service in beta, which only tracks data from iOS 11 and iTunes 12.7 users  —  At WWDC this year, Apple announced it would soon offer its own podcast analytics service for show creators who publish on Apple Podcasts.  Today, that service has launched into beta …
Sources: Spotify shares have been priced at $4,000+ in recent private trades, up 20% over the past few months, valuing the company at ~$19B  —  STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The value of music streaming service Spotify, which is planning a stock market listing, has grown around 20 percent …
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Jem Aswad / Variety:
Pandora begins letting users listen to music of their choice for free by unlocking a complimentary session of Premium after watching a 15-second ad
Ewen MacAskill Defence / The Guardian:
UK tribunal recognizes WikiLeaks as a media organization, which could help Assange's defense against extradition to the US on press freedom grounds
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
UK lawmaker calls on Twitter to provide more info about Russia-linked accounts' activity during Brexit referendum, saying its initial response was inadequate
Mike Shields / Business Insider:
Internal memo: Refinery29 is laying off 34 staffers, or about 7.5% of its workforce, and sees “a correction” in digital media
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Business Insider Inc. to rebrand as Insider Inc., in January as part of strategy to expand beyond business news, plans niche verticals on social media in 2018
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
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Andy Grimm / Chicago Sun Times:
Judge rules journalist Jamie Kalven won't have to testify and reveal sources after subpoena claimed the information may have influenced witnesses in murder case
Selina Wang / Bloomberg:
Alibaba's video streaming unit, Youku Tudou, has signed multiyear content licensing deals with NBCUniversal and Sony Pictures
David Uberti / Splinter:
Judge rules R.J. Bell's defamation suit over '16 Deadspin story should not proceed, calls arguments “disingenuous”; suit against author Ryan Goldberg is ongoing
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
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Microsoft updates Bing with Reddit partnership, improved conversational search, Intelligent Image Search, ability to better surface different viewpoints, more