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6:45 AM ET, December 17, 2017


 Top News: 
Rebecca Sun / Hollywood Reporter:
Top Hollywood Execs Unveil Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Chaired by Anita Hill  —  The recent convening of leaders was organized by Kathleen Kennedy, Maria Eitel, Nina Shaw and Freada Kapor Klein  —  Kathleen Kennedy's proposed industry commission to combat gender inequality is coming to fruition …
Ryan J. Foley / Associated Press:
Iowa Supreme Court justice blocks Des Moines Register from reporting on legally-obtained court records that were inadvertently filed publicly  — 499d8de26bf1  —  IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa Supreme Court justice has taken the unusual step …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Sheila Nevins is stepping down as president of HBO Documentary Films after more than 38 years  —  After almost 40 years, she has reels of memorable film, a pile of awards and plenty of perspective on the current battle of the sexes.  —  When Sheila Nevins first started working in television in the 1970s …
Discussion: The Wrap
A. N. Devers / Longreads:
How Brigid Hughes was pushed out as the editor of The Paris Review and omitted from the magazine's history  —  This is a story about a woman who was erased from her job as the editor of the most famous literary magazine in America.  —  In 2011, the New York Times ran Julie Bosman's energetic …
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Google Changes Rules to Purge News That Masks Country of Origin  —  Bans sites that ‘engage in coordinated activity to mislead’  —  Update is Google's latest attempt to clean up news results  —  Google moved to strip from its news search results publications that mask their country of origin …
Shruthi Muraleedharan / Facebook:
Facebook debuts Snooze, a News Feed feature to temporarily unfollow a person, Page, or group for 30 days  —  One of our core News Feed values is giving people more control.  Over the next week, we're launching Snooze, which will give you the option to temporarily unfollow a person, Page or group for 30 days.
Dave McNary / Variety:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opened with a box-office gross of $45M, the second-largest Thursday preview in North America, behind The Force Awakens  —  The Force remains unstoppable as Disney-Lucasfilm's “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opened with $45 million on Thursday night.
Jason Parham / Wired:
How headlines at black gossip blog Bossip, like those at the earlier MediaTakeout, use drama, humor, and insider terminology to appeal to niche readers  —  OUT OF THE typhoon that was Alabama's special senate election, it was black women in particular who showed up in force for Doug Jones, the Democratic challenger.
Discussion: @_blackmuses
Peter Dreier / American Prospect:
Bill Moyers, one of the most prolific and influential figures in American journalism, retires again, from  —  Bill Moyers has threatened to retire several times.  Each time, the many fans and friends have urged the legendary PBS journalist to reconsider, and each time he did.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Splice, a startup that sells digital tools and music samples to musicians, raises $35M in Series B funding  —  Steve Martocci's first company was a text messaging service.  Now he's behind the scenes of a Demi Lovato song.  —  Making money selling songs is hard: Just ask Spotify …
Discussion: Billboard, Business Wire and hypebot
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Ryan J. Reilly / HuffPost:
Assistant US Attorney Rizwan Qureshi calls journalist's knowledge of terms “black bloc” and “kettle” suspicious in Trump inauguration felony cases
Rebecca Leber / Mother Jones:
Environmental Protection Agency signed a no-bid $120K contract with Republican opposition research firm Definers Corp., to help track and shape press coverage
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Vevo CEO Erik Huggers is stepping down; CFO Alan Price will be interim CEO while the company is looking for new leadership
Steve Dent / Engadget:
YouTube debuts 360-degree YouTube VR app on Steam in early access for HTC Vive, but users of the beta are reporting several problems from bugs to crashes
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Isaac Stone Fish / Washington Post:
After China's Integrated Whale Media bought a majority stake in Forbes in 2014, several cases of editorial meddling have raised questions about independence