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7:10 AM ET, November 29, 2018


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Text messages show how former CBS CEO Les Moonves tried to bury an old sex assault claim amid a probe that could decide whether he collects a $120M exit package  —  A trove of text messages details a plan by Mr. Moonves and a faded Hollywood manager to bury a sexual assault allegation.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: is in talks to sell at least part of the company to Bustle, after Facebook ended a deal that could have earned Mic around $5M over 12 months  —  Sale talks started after Facebook ended a video deal with Mic.  —, a digital publisher with a millennial focus …
Leon Neyfakh, a Slate reporter and host of the Slow Burn podcast, says he's leaving to launch a podcast on past political scandals in the first half of 2019  —  SLATE reporter and “SLOW BURN” podcast host LEON NEYFAKH announced via TWITTER this morning that he is leaving SLATE and the podcast to launch a new podcast.
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange threatens The Guardian with legal action over “fabricated” story alleging he met Paul Manafort three times  —  Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange is threatening legal action over a Guardian story claiming he met former Donald Trump campaign chairman …
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Fox News has not tweeted since November 8 when it began an apparent boycott of Twitter, even with Tuesday's launch of its streaming service Fox Nation  —  The network hasn't tweeted since Nov. 8.  —  Tuesday was a red-letter day for Fox News: The launch of Fox Nation …
Media Matters for America:
Sinclair is forcing its ~100 news stations to air a segment featuring Boris Epshteyn defending the tear-gassing of migrants at the border, including children  —  The Trump administration has again unleashed particular cruelty and violence on Central American immigrants …
Matthew Singer / Willamette Week:
Thrillist article on Portland restaurant Stanich's, which launched a debate about food criticism, left out important context about the owner's legal troubles  —  The personal life of the owner had been spiraling into chaos long before his restaurant landed on the national radar.
Wall Street Journal:
eMarketer: Amazon's ad revenue on pace to double this year to $5.83B, and the company is expected to collect 15% of US digital ads in 2020  —  Its push challenges the big ad sellers, including Facebook, Google and TV networks  — Inc. AMZN .01% handles nearly half of all online sales …
Discussion: @gu881n5, @ericfranchi and @wsj
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Mail Online ad revenue overtakes print for first time, as publisher DMGT reports ad revenue of £122M for Mail Online and £119M for Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday  —  Website manages to hit milestone despite 13% slump in global audience  —  Mail Online's ad revenues have overtaken …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
The White House press pool was left behind without explanation after the National Christmas Tree lighting as Trump returned to the White House  —  President Trump on Wednesday departed the National Christmas Tree lighting event without White House staff notifying a pool of reporters assigned …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Dish's Sling TV has added nine Discovery networks, but the streaming service still lacks Univision and HBO due to contract disputes  —  Sling TV, Dish Network's internet TV service, has added nine Discovery networks on its national and Spanish-language services, along with several thousand VOD titles.
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Elsa Keslassy / Variety:
Report: five more women have accused Luc Besson, founder of French film company EuropaCorp, of sexual misconduct
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
New York-based weekly magazine City & State is launching a daily newsletter covering the intersection of tech and government regulation on January 6
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook is launching its “Today In” local news digest in 400 US cities, after beginning testing it in January
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Whitney Houston's ex-husband is suing Showtime Networks, the BBC, and the producers of a documentary about the singer for $2M over footage used
Discussion: TV Tattle
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Azam Ahmed / New York Times:
Friends of slain journalist Javier Valdez say there was an attempt to hack their phones the day after his murder
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
The DOJ indicts eight men on charges related to a global ad fraud scheme discovered with the help of about 15 tech companies, including Google and White Ops
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Starting next year, YouTube says its original content will be free and supported by ads, instead of being behind a premium paywall
Kara Swisher / Recode:
The Emerson Collective, the social impact firm run by Laurene Powell Jobs, buys Pop-Up Magazine Productions, which also publishes California Sunday Magazine