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7:45 AM ET, December 14, 2018

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Bloomberg:
Sources: Medium CEO Ev Williams had preliminary talks about buying New York Media, parent of New York Magazine; source said talks are “unlikely to progress”  —  - The Twitter co-founder says he wants to invest in media in '19  — Magazine publisher has been exploring its options this year
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Facebook is in talks with pay TV channels, including HBO, Showtime, and Starz, about selling their streaming TV services on its platform  —  The world's biggest social network wants to get into the pay TV business — by taking a page from Amazon.  —  Facebook is readying …
New York Times:
Behind the secret $9.5M CBS settlement with actress Eliza Dushku, who was written off the show Bull after her complaints about star Michael Weatherly's comments  —  In March 2017, Eliza Dushku, an actress known for her work on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” signed on to play a major role …
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Source: Tribune Publishing ends talks to sell the company to McClatchy, with potential antitrust issues in Florida derailing a deal  —  A bundle of Chicago Tribune newspapers comes off the press May 16, 2016, at the Tribune's Freedom Center printing plant in Chicago.
Tom Winter / NBC News:
Source: Trump was present in August 2015 when National Enquirer's David Pecker met with Michael Cohen and offered to help suppress stories about Trump and women  —  A source confirms to NBC News that the “other member of the campaign” present when Michael Cohen and David Pecker agreed to silence women was Donald Trump.
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Some current and former fact-checkers say Facebook has ignored their concerns, that they have been used for PR, and that they have lost trust in the company  —  Journalists paid to help fix Facebook's fake news problem say they have lost trust in the platform
Cecilia D'Anastasio / Kotaku:
Wiki site Fandom says it will acquire Curse Media, which runs gaming wiki site Gamepedia, from Twitch, which bought Curse Media parent Curse in Aug. 2016  —  Wiki site Fandom announced yesterday that they will acquire Curse Media, which runs gaming wiki site Gamepedia, from Twitch.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Facebook says Watch has 75M daily users who spend an average of 20 minutes streaming video and is rolling out Watch globally on desktop and Facebook Lite  —  - Facebook Renews Four Original Series Including ‘Sorry For Your Loss,’ Claims 75 Million Daily ‘Watch’ Viewers
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
In a case that could serve as a warning to media, a district court judge rules Esquire's use of a photo of Trump crashing a wedding party was not fair use  —  Judge rejects proposition that personal images posted on social media are free grist for use by media companies.
Scott Smith / Associated Press:
Venezuela has held German freelance journalist Billy Six for three weeks in jail on espionage charges; diplomat said Venezuela has not let German reps visit Six  —  CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — German freelance journalist Billy Six has circled the globe with a hand-held video camera asking …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple is notifying artists that it is removing their ability to post to Apple Music Connect and is removing previously posted content from Artist Pages  —  Apple Music Connect appears to slowly be going the way of iTunes Ping.  Apple has started notifying Apple Music artists that it is removing …
 
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Sam Allard / Cleveland Scene:
Advance Publications is considering outsourcing the Cleveland Plain Dealer's print production, affecting copy editors and designers, with union talks under way
Washington Post:
The Washington Post announces it has licensed its Arc Publishing platform to Raycom Media, which has relaunched 42 TV and radio stations on the platform
Emily Birnbaum / The Hill:
YouTube says it removed 7.8M+ videos between July and September because they broke community guidelines and deleted 1.6M+ channels and 224M+ comments
Discussion: Billboard and Vox, more at Techmeme »
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AT&T begins to roll out Cheddar to DirecTV, DirecTV Now and U-verse TV
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Smithsonian Networks launches Smithsonian Channel Plus in the US, a $5/month streaming service that will incorporate Smithsonian Earth, launched three years ago
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
Trump cancels the White House holiday party for the media
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
CPJ report: 251 journalists are in jail as of Dec. 1, with more half in China, Turkey, and Egypt; 28 imprisoned on “charges of “false news”, up from 21 in 2017
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Kentucky's Gov. Matt Bevin lashes out at Louisville Courier Journal for teaming up with ProPublica and criticizes two ProPublica funders, including George Soros
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Sources: Tribune Publishing is paying ex-LAT exec Davan Maharaj $2.5M+ to avert a lawsuit, keeping an anti-Semitic slur by ex-chairman Michael Ferro under wraps