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10:25 AM ET, December 22, 2017

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Washington City Paper:
Washington City Paper to be sold by SouthComm to Mark Ein, a Washington DC venture capitalist and philanthropist; Alexa Mills will remain chief editor  —  Darrow MontgomeryI am overjoyed to report that local venture capitalist and philanthropist Mark Ein has reached an agreement …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Steve Bannon transforms into a frontman for his own movement, floating a run for president, as Breitbart and its SiriusXM show promote his image  —  On a whirlwind tour around the globe, Trump's former aide and alter ego reveals what really went down in the White House, his unfettered thoughts on Javanka …
Associated Press:
Russian hacking group Fancy Bear targeted 200 journalists globally, including 50 at the NYT and others at the Washington Post, CNN, and more  —  PARIS (AP) — Russian television anchor Pavel Lobkov was in the studio getting ready for his show when jarring news flashed across his phone …
Discussion: @moorehn
Ilya Marritz / WNYC:
New York Public Radio fires longtime WNYC hosts Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz after investigations of claims of inappropriate conduct  —  Two weeks after their abrupt suspensions, longtime WNYC hosts Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz have been fired.
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David Uberti / Splinter:
Lack of consequences for NYPR execs, secrecy shrouding inquiries, and vague promises of change make staff feel that leadership is dodging accountability  —  On the morning of Dec. 5, Laura Walker, president and CEO of New York Public Radio, found herself parrying questions from one of her organization's most famous journalists.
Discussion: thecut
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 exodus  —  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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Michael Calderone / Politico:
Wall Street Journal reporters Shane Harris and Paul Sonne head to the Washington Post, following three other WSJ reporters hired by WaPo earlier in 2017  —  NEW YORK TIMES EXECUTIVE EDITOR DEAN BAQUET said Glenn Thrush “behaved in ways that we do not condone” and “acted offensively.”
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Breitbart has been excused as a defendant from a defamation lawsuit brought against Project Veritas over an undercover video  —  A Florida judge won't assert jurisdiction over Breitbart even if Steve Bannon is a resident.  —  There have been news organizations brought down in lawsuits fought in Florida.
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Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:   Discussing Project Veritas' attempted sting on the Washington Post, James O'Keefe claims paper should apologize to him but says he believes Moore's accusers
Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Photojournalist Alexei Wood and five other defendants found not guilty of all charges in trial stemming from protests during inauguration  —  The case could determine the fate of many of the nearly 200 people arrested during the inauguration.  —  All six defendants in a crucial trial …
Wall Street Journal:
Bob Bowman, who led MLB Advanced Media for 17 years, was forced out in November by Major League Baseball after concerns about inappropriate workplace conduct  —  Major League Baseball forced out the architect of its multibillion-dollar digital-media business last month …
Brian McGrory / The Boston Globe:
Boston Globe Editor Brian McGrory identifies Jim O'Sullivan as reporter who left after lewd conduct claims, takes blame for not publicly naming him earlier  —  We published a story on Dec. 8 about news organizations, including the Globe, facing sexual misconduct issues in their midst as they cover these issues elsewhere.
Neil Genzlinger / New York Times:
Janet Elder, who spent three decades at The New York Times rising from reporter to deputy managing editor and “chief counselor”, dies at 61  —  Janet Elder, who in a three-decade career at The New York Times rose from reporter to deputy managing editor, along the way spending …
Christopher Robbins:
NYC Mayor de Blasio signals willingness to publicly fund local media along the lines of the BBC model in conversation with ex-DNAinfo and Gothamist staffers  —  Last Friday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio met with a group of reporters from the recently-shuttered local news websites DNAinfo New York and Gothamist.
Discussion: @joshgreenman and The Wrap
 
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Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Young Turks host Cenk Uygur has apologized for old blog posts in which he disparaged women and described some as “flawed” for not wanting to have sex
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Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
SEC filing: AT&T and Time Warner have extended their merger date again until June 21, 2018
Talking New Media:
E. W. Scripps has signed agreements with Comcast, AT&T, Spectrum, and others to offer news network Newsy to the services' nearly 26M cable subscribers
Cora Lewis / BuzzFeed:
Executive editor of AlterNet Don Hazen placed on indefinite leave following accusations of sexual harassment from five women who worked for him
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Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
How Rupert Murdoch is preparing to battle Sinclair Broadcasting in light of the Disney-Fox deal and the pending Sinclair-Tribune merger
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast hikes up monthly prices for premium channels, streaming service, most pay TV services, and increases its broadcast TV fee and cost of hardware rental
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
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Universal Music Group and Facebook sign multiyear deal to license UMG's recorded music and publishing catalogs across Facebook, Instagram, and Oculus
 

 
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Kim Zetter / Wired:
AT&T appears to have paid a member of ShinyHunters $370K+ to delete call records stolen from AT&T's Snowflake account that exposed “nearly all” of its customers

Lauren Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Alphabet is in advanced talks to acquire cybersecurity startup Wiz for roughly $23B; Wiz raised $1B at a $12B valuation in May 2024

Wes Davis / The Verge:
Apple approves the first PC emulator for iOS, UTM SE, weeks after initially rejecting and barring it from being notarized for third-party app stores in the EU

 
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