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5:45 AM ET, December 14, 2017

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New York Times:
Four women detail violent sexual behavior by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons between 1988 and 2014, and three say he raped them; Simmons denies rape allegations  —  Mr. Simmons, a powerful gatekeeper in the entertainment and media worlds, damaged careers and self-confidence with his pattern …
New York State Attorney General:
NY AG asks for delay in net neutrality vote at FCC because public comment process was corrupted with up to 2M comments that had used stolen identities  —  News from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman  —  Attorney General's Press Office / 212-416-8060
Salma Hayek / New York Times:
Salma Hayek details Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment, threats, rages, and business and creative coercion as she worked to produce movie about Frida Kahlo  —  HARVEY WEINSTEIN WAS a passionate cinephile, a risk taker, a patron of talent in film, a loving father and a monster.  —  For years, he was my monster.
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
While efforts to disparage legitimate reporting continue, Moore's failure to get elected by relying on cries of “fake news” is an encouraging moment
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Patreon CEO Jack Conte says the company will “press pause” on planned change to service fee for each pledge, set to start Dec. 18, after uproar from creators  —  Patreon has called off plans to add a service fee to patrons' pledges, a proposed update that angered many users.
Reuters:
Two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, were arrested on Tuesday night in Myanmar's main city, Yangon  —  YANGON (Reuters) - Two Reuters journalists were arrested on Tuesday evening in Myanmar's main city, Yangon, a government spokesman said.  —  “Yes it is correct that they were arrested,” spokesman Zaw Htay said.
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources: Facebook plans to end program that paid ~300 publishers and other content creators to produce videos for News Feed  —  Multiple publisher sources said Facebook no longer plans to pay publishers and other video makers to produce videos for the news feed.
Jonah Peretti / BuzzFeed:
In a company memo, BuzzFeed CEO says Google and Facebook pay creators too little, says the media is in crisis, and expects more diversified revenue ahead  —  BuzzFeed delivered another record year in 2017, continuing to grow our revenue and total audience.  But it wasn't easy.  —  The media is in crisis.
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
How ad networks and publishers are using page redirects and “pop-unders” to create tons of legitimate-looking traffic, a technique commonly found on porn sites  —  Unscrupulous ad networks and publishers have come up with a way to generate massive amounts of fake traffic and ad impressions.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Redbox launches Redbox On Demand with 6,000+ movies and TV shows to rent or buy, without Disney titles, starting at $3.99 for 48-hour VOD rentals  —  Redbox is finally opening a bridge to a digital-entertainment future.  —  The company, known for its nationwide network of DVD-rental kiosks …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Twitter says Russia-linked accounts spent just $1,031.99 on six Brexit-related ads during regulated campaign period before UK referendum from April to June 2016  —  Twitter has disclosed that Russian-backed accounts spent $1,031.99 to buy six Brexit-related ads on its platform during last year's European Union referendum vote.
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Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg:
Sources: Tencent Music plans IPO in 2018, is expected to raise $1B+, valued at $10B; unit has 120M paying subscribers vs Spotify's 60M
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Microsoft updates Bing with Reddit partnership, improved conversational search, Intelligent Image Search, ability to better surface different viewpoints, more
Janko Rottgers / Variety:
Location-based VR firm Dreamscape Immersive raises $10M more to bring Series B total to $30M; Nickelodeon invests, will let its IP be used in new VR experience
Discussion: The Wrap
NWU:
In an open letter, 19 freelance journalists say they're owed $50K from science magazine Nautilus, with some writers awaiting payment for over a year
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Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Netflix has fired the senior exec, Andy Yeatman, who told one of Danny Masterson's alleged victims the company didn't believe their claims
Eugene Volokh / Reason:
The blog The Volokh Conspiracy has moved from the Washington Post to Reason, citing WaPo's tightening paywall and a lack of editorial independence
Ludovic Blecher / The Keyword:
Google's Digital News Initiative announces €20.4M in funding for 102 projects in 26 European countries
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Facebook orders three weekly shows from Vice, including a series hosted by Amanda Knox who was convicted of murdering her roommate before being exonerated
Discussion: Bustle