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12:10 PM ET, November 29, 2018

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Peter Kafka / Recode:
Mic has laid off a majority of its 100-person staff ahead of Bustle acquisition; publisher Cory Haik has already left, sources say the cofounders will remain  —  The publisher is trying to sell the remainder of the company to Bustle Digital Group.  —  Mic is laying off the majority off …
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Tom Dotan / The Information:
Sources: Bustle is nearing a deal to buy Mic for less than $10M; Mic has raised $59.5M since 2013  —  Bustle is nearing a deal to buy millennial news site Mic for less than $10 million, according to two people familiar with the matter.  That price, which hasn't previously been reported …
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Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Mic.com is in talks to sell at least part of the company to Bustle, after Facebook ended a deal that could have earned Mic around $5M over 12 months  —  Sale talks started after Facebook ended a video deal with Mic.  —  Mic.com, a digital publisher with a millennial focus …
New York Times:
Text messages show how former CBS CEO Les Moonves tried to bury an old sex assault claim amid a probe that could decide whether he collects a $120M exit package  —  A trove of text messages details a plan by Mr. Moonves and a faded Hollywood manager to bury a sexual assault allegation.
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AllAccess.com:
Leon Neyfakh, a Slate reporter and host of the Slow Burn podcast, says he's leaving to launch a podcast on past political scandals in the first half of 2019  —  SLATE reporter and “SLOW BURN” podcast host LEON NEYFAKH announced via TWITTER this morning that he is leaving SLATE and the podcast to launch a new podcast.
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Fox News has not tweeted since November 8 when it began an apparent boycott of Twitter, even with Tuesday's launch of its streaming service Fox Nation  —  The network hasn't tweeted since Nov. 8.  —  Tuesday was a red-letter day for Fox News: The launch of Fox Nation …
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Mail Online ad revenue overtakes print for first time, as publisher DMGT reports ad revenue of £122M for Mail Online and £119M for Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday  —  Website manages to hit milestone despite 13% slump in global audience  —  Mail Online's ad revenues have overtaken …
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed News:
Tucker Carlson was featured in 265 articles on the Daily Stormer between November 2016 and November 2018, about 10 times more than any other conservative pundit  —  It's no secret that Andrew Anglin, among the United States' most prominent white supremacists, loves Tucker Carlson.
Thomas Ricker / The Verge:
Tidal is now available on Plex for $9.99/month, the first streaming music service to be fully integrated into Plex  —  A milestone moment for the XBMC fork  —  Plex users can now stream Tidal music directly from the Plex app.  Moreover, subscribers can save up to $60 a year on the price of both Tidal and Plex Pass subscriptions.
 
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
The White House press pool was left behind without explanation after the National Christmas Tree lighting as Trump returned to the White House
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
ESPN's Darren Rovell moves to the Action Network, a media startup about sports gambling created last year by the Chernin Group: “They're buying me as a brand”
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
New York-based weekly magazine City & State is launching a daily newsletter covering the intersection of tech and government regulation on January 6
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook is launching its “Today In” local news digest in 400 US cities, after beginning testing it in January
Matthew Singer / Willamette Week:
Thrillist article on Portland restaurant Stanich's, which launched a debate about food criticism, left out important context about the owner's legal troubles
Media Matters for America:
Sinclair is forcing its ~100 news stations to air a segment featuring Boris Epshteyn defending the tear-gassing of migrants at the border, including children
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Starting next year, YouTube says its original content will be free and supported by ads, instead of being behind a premium paywall
Kara Swisher / Recode:
The Emerson Collective, the social impact firm run by Laurene Powell Jobs, buys Pop-Up Magazine Productions, which also publishes California Sunday Magazine