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6:50 AM ET, December 15, 2017

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Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
FCC votes to dismantle Obama administration net neutrality rules in a 3-2 vote  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to dismantle landmark rules regulating the businesses that connect consumers to the internet, granting broadband companies power to potentially reshape Americans' online experiences.
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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
The inability of Ajit Pai and Republican FCC commissioners to make a fact-based case for repeal of popular net neutrality rules will be a problem for GOP  —  Killing net neutrality isn't just bad policy, it's bad politics  —  Well, it happened.  —  Republican Ajit Pai's FCC voted 3-2 …
Tony Romm / Recode:
A coalition of state attorneys general, led by the New York AG, pledge to sue the FCC for repealing net neutrality rules  —  States like Washington and New York are gearing up to fight the FCC's recent repeal  —  The United States is about to go to war with itself over net neutrality.
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
Disney-Fox deal gives Disney controlling Hulu stake, a Sky stake, a network of local sports cable channels; Fox gets to cash out and resolve succession plans  —  Ultimately, it was the Mouse that roared — and the Fox that beat a retreat from the global stage.
The Walt Disney Company:
Disney to acquire 21st Century Fox, including stakes in Sky and Hulu, after spinoff of certain businesses like Fox News, for $52.4B in stock  —  21st Century Fox to spin off Fox Broadcasting network and stations, Fox News, Fox Business, FS1, FS2 and Big Ten Network to its shareholders
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Post-merger, “New Fox” to include live news, sports, and the Fox brand, as a return to “our roots as a lean, aggressive, challenger brand”, per Lachlan Murdoch
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Sources: NYT investigation of WH correspondent Glenn Thrush is winding down, after Vox post on “unwanted groping and kissing”, with result expected by Christmas  —  Some three dozen detailed interviews will determine whether the star White House correspondent will keep his job …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Snap launches Lens Studio, a Mac and Windows app that lets users build their own AR lenses  —  Let a thousand hot dogs bloom  —  Snap's second official app is a tool that lets you design and build augmented reality lenses for Snapchat.  The company today announced Lens Studio, a design app for Mac and Windows desktop computers.
Ted Johnson / Variety:
FCC votes 3-2 to launch review of rule that limits the number of TV stations that a single entity can own, now set at 39% of US TV households  —  WASHINGTON — The FCC gave the go-ahead on Thursday to review a rule that limits the number of TV stations that a single entity can own …
Discussion: @fcc and Deadline
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Ben Fox Rubin / CNET:
Amazon says it will start selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast again, two years after removing them  —  The e-commerce powerhouse adds five Apple TV and Chromecast devices to its online store, offering an olive branch to both Google and Apple.  —  Amazon said Thursday that it will again …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook confirms it will stop subsidies for Facebook Live publishers, encouraging them to use mid-roll ads, and says pre-roll ads are coming to Watch  —  Everyone's least favorite ads are coming to Facebook, but six-second pre-rolls will only appear on original Watch tab videos you purposefully view and not in the News Feed.
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
Motherboard and Vice to build and document a Brooklyn community internet that will connect to NYC mesh network and will not rely on a traditional ISP  —  To protect net neutrality, we need internet infrastructure that isn't owned by big telecom.  —  The net neutrality battle has been exhausting.
 
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Ewen MacAskill Defence / The Guardian:
UK tribunal recognizes WikiLeaks as a media organization, which could help Assange's defense against extradition to the US on press freedom grounds
Reuters:
Sources: Spotify shares have been priced at $4,000+ in recent private trades, up 20% over the past few months, valuing the company at ~$19B
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
UK lawmaker calls on Twitter to provide more info about Russia-linked accounts' activity during Brexit referendum, saying its initial response was inadequate
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Mike Shields / Business Insider:
Internal memo: Refinery29 is laying off 34 staffers, or about 7.5% of its workforce, and sees “a correction” in digital media
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
NYT hires fact-checker for DC desk, an unprecedented move for a newspaper, in response to political weaponization of reporting errors and the volume of news
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Business Insider Inc. to rebrand as Insider Inc., in January as part of strategy to expand beyond business news, plans niche verticals on social media in 2018
Discussion: Business Insider
Committee to Protect Journalists:
CPJ: record high 262 journalists jailed globally in 2017 in relation to their work, with half of those imprisoned in Turkey, China, and Egypt
Discussion: CNNMoney