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9:40 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.
Time Magazine's “Person of the Year” is the Silence Breakers: those who came forward to reveal the entrenched sexual harassment across several industries  —  PHOTOGRAPHS BY BILLY & HELLS FOR TIME  —  M  —  Movie stars are supposedly nothing like you and me.
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 …
Financial Times:
Sources: James Murdoch has been suggested as a potential successor to Disney CEO Bob Iger, due to retire in 2019, if Disney acquires 21st Century Fox assets  —  Matthew Garrahan in London, Arash Massoudi in London and James Fontanella-Khan in New York  —  James Murdoch has been suggested …
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 …
Lauren Raab / Los Angeles Times:
LA Weekly's new owners met with backlash after laying off staff and seeking unpaid contributors; former writers call for boycott as some advertisers step back  —  Since LA Weekly laid off most of its journalists last week and its new owners revealed their identities Friday, backlash has been swift and fierce.
Meg Dalton / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A with Leon Neyfakh on Slate's new podcast Slow Burn on revisiting Watergate, covering scandal's lesser-known figures, and Nixon and Trump admin similarities  —  At the height of her fame, Martha Mitchell was one of the most popular women in America.  Today, she's largely forgotten.
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.
Mitchel Broussard / MacRumors:
Amazon Prime Video app rollout on Apple TV begins in the US, UK, Canada, some European countries, and elsewhere  —  It's been six months since Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that Amazon Prime Video would be coming to Apple TV later this year, and now that app is officially beginning to roll …
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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