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1:40 AM ET, December 6, 2017


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New York Times:
Harvey Weinstein used threats, perks and a complicit web of agents, execs, and journalists at American Media and elsewhere as sexual harassment accusations grew  —  HARVEY WEINSTEIN BUILT his complicity machine out of the witting, the unwitting and those in between.
Associated Press:
12 American Media ex-employees share details of complaints about Dylan Howard's behavior and an ensuing probe, after which he left before returning a year later  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The top editor for the National Enquirer, Us Weekly and other major gossip publications openly described …
David Faber / CNBC:
Sources: 21st Century Fox is close to a deal with Walt Disney Co to sell its studio and TV production assets and it could come as early as next week  —  - Fox would sell movie and television production assets and keep its news, sports and broadcast network.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
YouTube says it's pulling support for Amazon Echo Show today, will cut access to YouTube on Amazon FireTV starting Jan. 1; Amazon stops selling new Nest devices  —  New Nest devices have mysteriously disappeared from Amazon  —  Three months ago, YouTube pulled its programming …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Ziff Davis bought Mashable for less than $50M; source: about 50 people will likely be laid off and founder Pete Cashmore will stay at the company  —  Founder Pete Cashmore is staying.  —  Mashable, once a fast-growing digital publisher with big ambitions, has been sold at a fire sale price.
Jon Christian / The Outline:
Contributing writers to publications including Mashable, Inc, Business Insider, and Fast Co say they accepted payments in exchange for promoting companies  —  An Outline investigation found that contributors to prominent publications have taken payments in exchange for positive coverage.
Rebecca Carroll / Esquire:
Former Charlie Rose producer and black journalist Rebecca Carroll remembers the show's work environment in the late 1990s as toxic and degrading  —  As one powerful man after another faces allegations of sexual misconduct, we're still not talking about the ramifications for black women.
Magna: digital ad spend surpassed TV worldwide in 2017 for the first time, with digital taking $209B, 41% of the market, and TV taking $178B, 35% of the market  —  You knew it was coming.  —  We've been headed here for a while.  But this was the year it actually happened: Advertisers spent more on digital than traditional TV.
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Profile: Armstrong Williams, who wants to buy the Washington City Paper, says he won't impose conservative views, but current and former staffers raise doubts  —  Armstrong Williams sat in his Capitol Hill office with a pistol on his hip and a plan for buying the Washington City Paper on his desk.
Selina Wang / Bloomberg:
Kremlin-backed Russian IRA operated dozens of Twitter accounts, part of the suspended 2,752 list, posing as local US news sources, amassing 500K+ followers  —  Twitter has suspended dozens of accounts masquerading as U.S. news sources that had more than 500,000 followers.
YouTube says moderation team will have 10K+ people by end of 2018, up 25% according to sources, and pledges new ads approach to curb child exploitation problem
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed:   Trolls got a reporter's account locked over an old joke, revealing how Twitter's rules can be exploited and how high-profile users get better customer support
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Brian Ross' Michael Flynn error is one among several high-profile blunders over his career  —  In 2006, ace ABC News investigative reporter Brian Ross went on the air with a big scoop: Pakistani officials, he reported, had arrested Matiur Rehman, an al-Qaeda explosives expert who kept an “official” list of terrorist recruits.
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Mike Shields / Business Insider:
Sources: YouTube plans to raise ad prices on premium channels by ~20% from next month, to capitalize on increased demand for ad space next to brand-safe videos
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Steve Bannon has returned to the Sirius XM radio program he hosted before joining Trump's election campaign
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Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:
AT&T says its OTT streaming service DirecTV Now has surpassed 1M subscribers, just over a year after its launch
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The New York Times Company:
New York Times promotes Monica Drake to assistant managing editor, overseeing new digital features and projects
Jethro Mullen / CNNMoney:
Russia has designated nine US government-backed news outlets, including Voice of America, as foreign agents, after US forced RT to register as a foreign agent
Discussion: Washington Post
Sara Fischer / Axios:
News Corp has launched a data-driven online advertising network, News IQ, to help buyers place ads directly on properties like The Wall Street Journal
Vidhi Choudhary / Livemint:
Q&A: HuffPost editor in chief Lydia Polgreen on the company's India strategy, split with Times Group, the deterioration of trust in media, and focus on mobile
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
Netflix's Dir. of Global Kids Content Andy Yeatman told an alleged victim of actor Danny Masterson that senior execs don't believe the claims against the actor