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3:20 PM ET, December 11, 2017

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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Verizon signs five-year deal with the NFL to livestream games to any mobile, web, and connected-TV device across the US  —  Telco gains expanded multiplatform digital rights, loses status as exclusive U.S. wireless carrier for live NFL games  —  Verizon will no longer be the exclusive U.S. mobile carrier …
Jonathan Randles / Wall Street Journal:
Ex-Gawker employees have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $500K to purchase the blog out of bankruptcy and relaunch it  —  If successful, relaunched Gawker.com would be funded by readers, operated through a nonprofit foundation  —  Former employees of Gawker.com's defunct publisher …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Internet pioneers and other tech luminaries including Tim Berners-Lee, Vint Cerf, and Steve Wozniak ask the FCC to cancel its vote repealing Net Neutrality  —  A group of early internet and computing pioneers have called on the Senate's FCC oversight committee to censure next week's net neutrality vote.
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Cecilia Kang / New York Times:   Profile of non-profit Fight for the Future, which helped to kill SOPA, pass net neutrality rules, and now leads a fight against FCC's plan to repeal those rules
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The “pro net neutrality but against Title II regulations” argument had merit a decade ago, but developments since then make coming FCC rules repeal a mistake
Discussion: TechCrunch
TechCrunch:
Apple confirms Shazam acquisition; sources say deal was for about $400M, and Snap and Spotify also expressed interest  —  After we broke the story last week that Apple was acquiring London-based music and image recognition service Shazam, Apple confirmed the news today.
Martha Bebinger / WBUR:
The allegations made against On Point host Tom Ashbrook include claims of unwanted touching, sexual talk, and bullying younger female and male colleagues  —  Play  —  Tirades directed at young women in the studio.  Name calling and belittling critiques of show ideas during meetings.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Bloomberg announces the name of its new 24-hour news network on Twitter, launching December 18, is TicToc by Bloomberg  —  Bloomberg Media announced the name of its built-for-Twitter 24-hour news network — TicToc by Bloomberg — which is set to go live next Monday, Dec. 18.
Discussion: VideoInk and Mediawire, Thanks:@amandabcowie
BuzzFeed:
YouTubers posting disturbing videos about kids earned hundreds of thousands of dollars from ads, say they chased a trend that YouTube's algorithm drove  —  According to estimates, accounts shut down for potential child endangerment content could've been netting over $500,000 a month.
David Westphal / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at some of the largest investigative reporting nonprofits in the US focused on local and state news: VTDigger, inewsource, and others  —  FOR TWO YEARS starting in 2009, Anne Galloway worked 80 to 90 hours a week reporting on the Vermont legislature, without pay …
Mike Ives / New York Times:
Profile of Sydney-based quarterly Mekong Review, which publishes essays and investigations about culture and politics of SE Asia where free speech is threatened  —  HONG KONG — At Monument Books, a bookstore in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the magazine racks are stacked with copies of The Economist …
Washington Post:
Inside Fusion GPS, a corporate research firm led by former journalists that produced the Trump dossier and investigates politicians, Silicon Valley, Wall Street  —  Fusion GPS bills itself as a corporate research firm, but in many ways it operates with the secrecy of a spy agency.
Greg Evans / Deadline:
FX has struck a development deal with Sony Pictures Television to adapt the popular Welcome To Night Vale podcast and book series for television  —  EXCLUSIVE: Welcome to Night Vale, the popular, spooky podcast and book series, is heading to television.  FX has struck a development deal …
Discussion: The Daily Dot and Engadget
Haley Britzky / Axios:
How Donald Trump's rhetoric on “fake news” has been embraced by many political leaders around the world  —  After President Trump tweeted that CNN International “is still a major source of (Fake) news,” Libyan media published an article questioning the authenticity of a major CNN report on the Libyan slave trade.
Discussion: @axios and @axios
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Emily Yahr / Washington Post:
Trump calls for Dave Weigel to be fired after WaPo reporter apologized for presenting misleading impression in a tweet about Trump's Florida rally crowd size
 
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Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Daily Mail Editor Paul Dacre received an overall pay package of £2.3M this year, boosted by performance-linked shares, up from £1.5M in 2016
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Carl Bernstein says he questions whether he and Bob Woodward would have been fired in today's media climate over error in Watergate coverage
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Mexican journalist Emilio Gutierrez, who was denied asylum by the US, says his name is on a Mexican military “kill list”, remains in ICE custody pending appeal
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Corinne Grinapol / Adweek:
Hearst Digital, which has been profitable for three years straight, had 95M unique visitors to its sites in October and 15B video views in 2017, up 161% YoY
Jane Coaston / Vox:
Far-right media soothes Moore voters' cognitive dissonance by providing an alternate version of reality, delegitimizing what's outside their political bubble
Emily Langer / Washington Post:
Simeon Booker, who covered civil rights and the federal government for Jet and Ebony magazines for five decades, dies at age 99