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5:10 PM ET, December 18, 2017


 Top News: 
ESPN President John Skipper has resigned, citing a substance addiction; George Bodenheimer is taking over as acting chairman of the company  —  John Skipper resigned as president of ESPN and co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks on Monday.  —  George Bodenheimer, ESPN's president …
Thuy Ong / The Verge:
Twitter's new policies on violence, abuse, and hateful conduct do not apply to military or govt entities, appearing to provide a loophole for Trump's tweets  —  Policies now extend to hateful imagery and to conduct both on platform and off  —  Twitter says it will now begin enforcing …
Facebook is clamping down on posts with “engagement bait”, which ask people for Likes or shares, by demoting them in the News Feed  —  People have told us that they dislike spammy posts on Facebook that goad them into interacting with likes, shares, comments, and other actions.
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
Bloomberg launches TicToc, a 24-hour news channel only on Twitter that combines live video, reported segments, and a curated Twitter stream  —  For for the first time in several years, we can say without irony that Twitter appears to have a slight wind at its back.
Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
Condé Nast representative confirms more layoffs are coming to the company but would not confirm the exact number  —  The rumor mill is churning furiously regarding the future of Condé Nast in light of two magazine consolidations this year.  —  Recently, Hearst Magazines swallowed …
Discussion: Talking New Media
The Guardian:
Appleby, the firm at the heart of the Paradise Papers scandal, has launched legal proceedings against the BBC and The Guardian and demanded docs  —  Offshore firm at heart of story, Appleby, is seeking damages and has demanded Guardian and BBC hand over documents
Discussion: Press Gazette
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
The Atlantic to launch a metered paywall in January, which will let readers access 10 free articles per month  —  By putting up a metered paywall in January, the Atlantic joins a raft of publications that are launching paid products online  —  Nearly 10 years ago, the Atlantic tore …
Martin Belam / The Guardian:
Twitter is facing criticism after suspending the account of prominent Egyptian journalist and campaigner Wael Abbas for unspecified reasons  —  Account of blogger and campaigner who has won awards for documenting human rights abuses shut down  —  Twitter has faced criticism after the account …
Discussion: RT and Wael Abbas
Pew Research Center:
43% of national news posted on Facebook by members of Congress were links to outlets shared mostly by one party; Dems 2x as likely to share news after election  —  Partisan and ideological divides shape which news outlets legislators share links to on Facebook  —  Methodological note
Discussion: Washington Post
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CBS will expand its video streaming hub, CBSN, in 2018, following a 17% increase in viewers watching the network via streaming over the past year  —  CBS intends to give more attention to CBSN, the video-streaming hub devoted to news, in 2018, as a younger generation of news aficionados finds …
Discussion: FierceCable
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
NBC Will Stream ‘Sunday Night Football’ To Mobile Phones Starting In 2018  —  NBCUniversal has acquired rights from the NFL to stream Sunday Night Football through NBC's “TV Everywhere” offering to mobile phones for the first time, beginning with the 2018 season.
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube's subscription service, YouTube Red, has cancelled the release of Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me sequel following his sexual abuse confessions
Discussion: VideoInk
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James Warren / Poynter:
Q&A: new Pulitzer Prize chief Dana Canedy on celebrating the best journalism, changes in eligibility rules, and the divide between local and national outlets
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Comments by Iger and Murdoch following the announcement of Disney-Fox merger show that the deal is all about streaming and battling Silicon Valley giants
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Business Insider to launch Spanish site by the end of month, partnering with Axel Springer España; will create original stories and translate from US, UK sites