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7:10 PM ET, December 21, 2015


 Top News: 
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
Cable TV cord cutters now 15% of US population, with “cord nevers” at 9%; 42% of cord cutters don't have broadband at home  —  42 percent of cord-cutters don't even subscribe to home broadband  —  Fed up with your cable TV?  Tired of paying for an expensive satellite package you barely use?
James Cook / Business Insider:
SoundCloud settles lawsuit with PRS for Music, which manages rights for Adele, other UK artists, signs licensing agreement to use their music on the service  —  SoundCloud has signed a key licensing deal with a company that took legal action against it this year
James Poniewozik / New York Times:
Streaming TV breaks the narrative rules of television, delivering a whole story that viewers can watch as they wish  —  Streaming TV Isn't Just a New Way to Watch.  It's a New Genre. … At some point during Netflix's “Sense8” — a gorgeous, ridiculous series about eight strangers scattered across …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Ofcom study: 31% in UK read print newspaper to keep informed, down from 41% 2014, making newspapers the least popular medium for news  —  Newspapers now the least popular medium for news, says Ofcom study  —  Just 31% of the UK population read a newspaper to get their current affairs fix, down 10 points on 2014 figure
Discussion: @stuartrowson
Ken Doctor / Politico:
Sources: Mashable is being shopped to potential buyers, asking between $300M and $350M, anticipates $35M-$40M in revenue for 2015  —  Next up for sale: Mashable  —  Mashable, the 10-year-old digital tech news phenomenon, looks like the next big digital news organization to test the waters for a sale.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
New firm Digital Riot Media wants to make movies with YouTube, Vine, Instagram stars, and distribute them via platforms like Netflix and iTunes  —  Doug Barry, John Baldecchi Form Digital Riot Media to Make Movies for Vine Fans  —  Will Vine fans follow their stars from six seconds to 90 minutes?
Discussion: PR Newswire
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Telegraph fined £30,000 over email urging readers to vote Tory  —  Editor's message asking hundreds of thousands of readers to oppose the most ‘leftwing Labour leader for a generation’ crossed a line, says watchdog  —  The Telegraph has been fined £30,000 for sending hundreds …
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
In interview on MSNBC's rebrand, Andy Lack says there are no talks for Brian Williams to get his own show  —  Can MSNBC Re-Center Itself?  Andy Lack on Breaking News, ‘Today,’ and Brian Williams  —  In an exclusive interview, the NBC News chief talks about MSNBC's rebrand …
Discussion: TVNewser, Variety and The Wrap
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
How two reporters from ProPublica and The Marshall Project overcame traditional competitive instincts to collaborate on a 11K-word project  —  Two rival reporters team up to produce one incredible story  —  On Wednesday, ProPublica and The Marshall Project teamed up to publish a powerful story …
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