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11:50 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.
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.
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Trump congratulated Rupert Murdoch on Disney deal; there's no admission or denial he spoke with Murdoch ahead of the deal to confirm Murdoch would keep Fox News  —  Disney-Fox deal gets White House praise  —  Disney's $52.4 billion deal to acquire a significant portion of 21st Century Fox …
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
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
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.
Isaac Stone Fish / Washington Post:
After China's Integrated Whale Media bought a majority stake in Forbes in 2014, several cases of editorial meddling have raised questions about independence  —  When a Chinese company buys a major American magazine, does the publication censor its coverage of China?
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  —  The net neutrality battle has been exhausting.  It has come at enormous cost in time, energy, attention, and money.
Sid Bedingfield / Washington Post:
How John G. Briggs Jr., a reporter for The New York Times in the 1950s, secretly held a side gig attacking perceived liberal bias including that of his employer  —  The untold story of the double agent who attacked the paper from within  —  The Washington Post reporters who turned the tables …
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 …
Jamie Grierson / The Guardian:
BBC appoints Fran Unsworth, currently director of BBC World Service Group, as director of news and current affairs, replacing James Harding  —  Head of World Service Group to take up role as director of news and current affairs after departure of James Harding
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Agence France-Presse:
Norway becomes the first country to shut down national broadcasts of its FM radio network after an eleven month transition  —  Digital switchover means that only the country's local radio stations continue to use FM frequencies  —  Norway has completed its transition to digital radio …
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
BT and Sky sign content-sharing deal: BT customers get access to Sky Atlantic, among other channels; Sky, BT customers gain access to all Premier League matches
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
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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
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: Variety