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2:30 PM ET, December 21, 2017

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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.”
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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.
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 …
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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.
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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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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  —  The billionaire media mogul is selling off his entertainment empire to focus on holdings like Fox News.  But there is still another media rival for Murdoch …
Discussion: @perlberg and HuffPost
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 …
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  —  Comcast is joining Dish, Cox and DirecTV in informing customers that they'll be paying significantly more money for the same service in the new year.
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 …
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," …
 
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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
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
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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+
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