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4:30 PM ET, December 8, 2017


 Top News: 
Allan Smith / Business Insider:
CNN and CBS News issue corrections in stories about an email sent to Trump Jr. about WikiLeaks docs; both orgs independently reported incorrect date  —  - CNN is at the heart of a major discrepancy in the latest major Trump-Russia story.  — It involves the date of an email that was sent to Donald Trump Jr.
Sources: Apple to acquire music recognition app Shazam; one source puts the deal at about $400M  —  As Spotify continues to inch towards a public listing, Apple is making a move of its own to step up its game in music services.  Sources tell us that the company is close to acquiring Shazam …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Spotify and Tencent's music subsidiary, TME, take minority stakes in each other, and Tencent makes a separate investment in Spotify
Discussion: VentureBeat
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: YouTube to introduce paid, on-demand streaming music service in March; Warner has signed on, talks continue with Sony, Universal, and Merlin
Gus Garcia-Roberts / Los Angeles Times:
Bryan Singer, producer and director of the X-Men films, is accused in a lawsuit of raping a 17-year-old boy 14 years ago  —  Director Bryan Singer, who has left the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the middle of production, faces a lawsuit over alleged sexual assault of a teen in 2003.
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Data from publishing tool SocialFlow says Twitter users are retweeting and liking tweets with over 140 characters almost twice as much as shorter ones  —  Given the deluge of complaints about Twitter's 280-character limit when it debuted this fall, you'd think people would be ignoring the new, lengthier tweets.
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Membership Puzzle Project, a yearlong study of membership models like De Correspondent's, finds that members of a publication want it available to the public  —  Both last year and this one, Jay Rosen has watched a realization ripple across the media: Digital advertising alone isn't going to support strong newsrooms.
Discussion: @journalismfest
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
The New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey will publish a book about sexual abuse and harassment scandals with Penguin Press  —  The New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey will publish a book about the sexual abuse and harassment scandals that have convulsed …
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Conservative opinion magazine The Weekly Standard partners with Facebook in fact-checking effort, drawing claims that Facebook is bowing to ideological pressure  —  Magazine dubbed ‘serial misinformer’ becomes first explicitly partisan organization to aid in task, fueling concerns over rightwing influence at site
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
FBI docs show a six year probe into documentarian Laura Poitras closed after dozens of border searches finding no evidence of crime or national security threats  —  The government recently revealed for the first time that federal agents maintained an open investigation of our client …
Discussion: @trevortimm
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Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Report: young British readers of 8 UK national newspapers spent nearly twice as much time on print editions as on online ones in 2016, except for the Daily Mail
Discussion: Taylor & Francis
Columbia Journalism Review:
Content analysis of The New York Times amid 2016 campaign shows emphasis on scandal coverage over policy stories, particularly focusing on Clinton's emails
 Earlier Picks: 
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Brian Sullivan named president and COO of Fox Networks Group, succeeding Randy Freer, who became CEO of Hulu last month
Discussion: FierceCable
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Fusion Media Group partners with Grupo Televisa on new cable channel Fusion MX; Televisa will also launch Mexican editions of Deadspin, Gizmodo, Jezebel
Discussion: Media Moves and Forbes
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Patreon says it will reduce pledge fee from 5% to 2.9% but add a $0.35 charge for each individual pledge, causing concern among some creators