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11:42 AM ET, December 21, 2017

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Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Penske Media announces it has acquired controlling stake in Rolling Stone parent Wenner Media at a valuation just over $100M; BandLab retains 49% stake  —  Penske Media Corporation has acquired a controlling interest in Wenner Media, parent company of the iconic magazine Rolling Stone, the company announced Wednesday.
ProPublica:
Job ads aimed at age groups on platforms including Facebook raise questions of age discrimination, prompt lawsuit; Amazon, LinkedIn change methods after query  —  Among the companies we found doing it: Amazon, Verizon, UPS and Facebook itself.  “It's blatantly unlawful,” said one employment law expert.
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Esquire:
A look at the consequences of Trump's win for elite conservative media, notably for the WSJ, whose editorial pro-Trump stance has prompted a journalistic exile  —  In 2016, a group of Republicans broke ranks with their party to try to stop Donald Trump from winning the presidency.
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Sydney Ember / New York Times:
New York Times says Glenn Thrush will remain suspended until late January, removes him from White House beat after allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior  —  The New York Times said on Wednesday that Glenn Thrush, one of the paper's most prominent political reporters …
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Emily Steel / New York Times:
Two women who reached sexual harassment settlements with Bill O'Reilly have joined a defamation lawsuit against him and Fox News on Wednesday
Mark Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Google and Facebook's dominance in digital advertising and news discovery in the US is a threat to diversity of ideas in the country  —  A political website pulled an article after Google's AdSense team threatened to withdraw advertising.  —  'A monopoly on the means of communication," …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Mozilla releases Firefox for Fire TV, touts ability to launch popular video sites like YouTube amid Amazon-Google feud over YouTube access on Amazon's devices  —  An alternative workaround to the Amazon-Google feud  —  Amid Amazon and Google's bitter and self-defeating feud over the right …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
A look at the complications Facebook faces as it increases its content moderation efforts to fight misinformation, much of which happens opaquely  —  Earlier this year, a simple Facebook search for Mark Zuckerberg's name returned an unexpected result: an image of the Facebook founder …
 
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Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
Password manager maker Keeper sues Ars Technica and reporter Dan Goodin for story on a vulnerability in Keeper software, first highlighted by Google researcher
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Author of Cat Person essay in New Yorker, Kristen Roupenian, gets a book deal from Scout Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster; sources says bidding was $1M+
Variety:
Sources: the first round of bids for the Weinstein Company are due today, with Killer Content believed to be among the bidders
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Bryan Curtis / The Ringer:
A look at the changes in tone SportsCenter has undergone and how the figure of Funny Highlight Guy, with his quips and catchphrases, has become obsolete
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Netflix orders a sequel of the soon-to-be-released Will Smith film “Bright”, creating what's believed to be the first movie franchise of the streaming era
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Longtime E! host Catt Sadler has quit the channel, claiming a male co-host was earning nearly double her salary and the channel refused to correct the gap
 

 
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Safe Superintelligence Inc.:
Ilya Sutskever, Daniel Gross, and Daniel Levy announce Safe Superintelligence, an American company “with one goal and one product: a safe superintelligence”

Bloomberg:
A look at Nvidia's 591,078% rise since its IPO in 1999; long-time investors in Nvidia have had to stomach three annual collapses of 50% or more in the stock

Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
CDK Global, which provides SaaS tools for over 15,000 car dealerships in North America, shuts down most of its systems following a cyberattack

 
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