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5:10 PM ET, December 24, 2015


 Top News: 
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Without a clear newsroom leader, Las Vegas Review-Journal staffers worry about their jobs and wonder who's vetting the articles they write about the paper  —  The Las Vegas Review-Journal Is in Upheaval After a Sale to Adelson  —  Shortly after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Michael Hengel …
Matthew Kauffman / Hartford Courant:
Signs of plagiarism found in New Britain Herald article at the center of Las Vegas Review-Journal controversy  —  Controversial Article Has Passages Nearly Identical To Those In Other Publications  —  Michael E. Schroeder, publisher and president of the New Britain Herald and the Bristol Press, in 2009.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Review-Journal editor steps down in wake of Adelson family purchase  —  Mike Hengel, the top editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, told his staff Tuesday that he is stepping down, two weeks after the family of casino mogul Sheldon Adelson took control of the newspaper.  —  Several staffers reported the news on Twitter.
Steve Collins Facebook:
Bristol Press reporter resigns in protest following plagiarized piece connected to Sheldon Adelson  —  Why I quit my job as a reporter today  —  Twenty five years ago, as a young reporter, I sat in an Upstate New York courtroom where a judge ordered me to hand over a leaked hospital lab slip …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Express Newspapers seeks almost £4m in editorial budget cuts  —  Richard Desmond's press group not thought to be looking at reducing numbers of staff, who have been refused pay rise for eighth consecutive year  —  Richard Desmond is seeking almost £4m in cuts to editorial budgets …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Richard Desmond to extend pricing strategy by halving cost of Express
Discussion: Guardian
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
The Beatles are available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal, Amazon's Prime Music, and others from December 24  —  The Beatles Are Coming to Apple Music, Spotify and Everywhere Else on Christmas Eve  —  You can spend Christmas streaming the Beatles.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Disney in talks with Univision to exit joint venture Fusion by the end of the year  —  Disney Is in Talks to Leave Fusion Joint Venture  —  Negotiations with Univision focused on an exit by year-end, people say  —  Walt Disney Co. and Univision are in talks for Disney to exit Fusion …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Univision lost $17.8M on Fusion in the first 9 months of 2015, 50% higher than the 2014 first 9 month loss of $11.9M
Discussion: @rustyk5
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Josh Elliott Leaving NBC After Less Than Two Years  —  Josh Elliott, the former Good Morning America co-anchor who was considered a major hire in spring 2014 when he was poached from ABC, is leaving NBC after less than two years.  —  “I'm grateful for the chance to work with the remarkable team …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Songkick Sues Live Nation, Saying It Abuses Its Market Power  —  In a case that offers a glimpse into the lucrative but often hidden business of concert tickets, a small company has sued Live Nation Entertainment in federal court, accusing the multibillion-dollar concert giant of abusing …
Pankaj Doval / Times of India:
Indian regulator asks Facebook's telecom partner Reliance Communications to temporarily suspend Free Basics service on net neutrality grounds  —  Put FB's Free Basics service on hold, TRAI tells Reliance Communications  —  NEW DELHI: Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) …
George Slefo / Ad Age:
Video game and entertainment site IGN says 40% of its audience uses ad-blockers  —  For IGN, a Tech-Savvy Audience Means a Big Hit From Ad Blockers  —  IGN's Ad-Block Rate Balloons to 40%  —  $137.8B … In an effort to better understand IGN's audience, VP of Product Innovation Todd …
Discussion: Fortune, @ljthornton and @petersontee
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
FanDuel & DraftKings Are “Illegal Gambling”, Says Illinois A.G.  —  Another state has bet against fantasy sports sites FanDuel and DraftKings and moved them into the illegal gambling column.  Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan told legislators today that the sites are breaking the laws of the Prairie State.
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Facebook Tops 2015 U.S. App Charts, Netflix App Surges Worldwide
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Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
New Zealand judge orders Kim Dotcom's extradition to the US, lawyers say they will appeal to the High Court
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Wall Street Journal:
T-Mobile's Binge On, enabled by default, also reduces quality of video streams that are not part of the program, YouTube and Internet Association complain
Lori Weisberg / The San Diego Union-Tribune:
The San Diego Union-Tribune's Russ Newton takes a buyout offer, leaves seven months after being named president and COO