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10:10 AM ET, December 7, 2018

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New York Times:
A draft report for CBS board says separation between 60 Minutes and CBS News permitted misconduct by some employees and that Jeff Fager's firing was justified  —  For decades, “60 Minutes” has reigned at the top of television news, bringing in hundreds of journalistic awards …
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Dawn C. Chmielewski / Deadline:
In a message to staff, CBS interim CEO Joe Ianniello says investigation is ending soon and expresses frustration about leaks to media about it  —  CBS' interim CEO Joe Ianniello told his staff that he believes the investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by his predecessor, Les Moonves …
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed News:
Sources: Bloomberg reporters express concern after Michael Bloomberg said his company might not cover politics if he ran for president  —  Reporters at Bloomberg News are on edge after their boss announced that if he chooses to run for president in 2020 — a decision he will have to finalize relatively soon …
Nicole Chavez / CNN:
NYPD gives the all-clear after investigating a bomb threat near CNN's NYC offices in the Time Warner Center, which were evacuated after a phoned bomb threat  —  (CNN)CNN's New York offices and studios have been evacuated due to a phoned bomb threat, the company said.
Damien Wilde / 9to5Google:
Video sharing app Byte, developed by the creators of Vine, opens creator registrations and plans a spring 2019 launch  —  Vine may have shut down in 2016, but the popularity of the platform still lives on through many a YouTube Vine compilation.  The new Vine 2. known as Byte is set to launch …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Google launches a personalized audio news feed on Google Assistant using Google News in the US and releases specs for publishers for single-topic audio stories  —  People like smart speakers, but there are a lot of things they don't like about news on smart speakers.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Financial news and information company TheStreet is selling The Deal and BoardEx for $87.3M to Euromoney; its CEO David Callaway will leave once the deal closes  —  TheStreet Inc. announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its institutional business units, The Deal and BoardEx …
Discussion: TheStreet and New York Post
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources: Quibi is looking to strike third-party distribution deals with telcos to gain subscriptions, aiming for them to account for 60-70% of revenue  —  Quibi, the billion-dollar mobile streaming video startup from Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, is going to pursue deals with wireless …
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Studio71, known for its YouTube management and video production, plans to launch 10 podcasts next year in the UK in a growing effort to diversify its slate  —  In the U.K. digital studio network, Studio71 is building up its podcast slate, using audio as a springboard for growing franchises from the network's YouTube talent.
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Poynter's International Fact-Checking Network launches a three episode podcast, (Mis)informed, about fact-checking and fake news  —  Who is fact-checking for?  How can reporters avoid amplifying bogus claims?  And is fact-checking even the best way to fight online fakery?
 
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Lux Alptraum / The Verge:
Tumblr's initial embrace of pornography helped it grow users, but it has since been phased out following Yahoo acquisition
Discussion: Motherboard and MediaNama
BuzzFeed News:
An imposter Facebook account spread early misinformation about the Honduran migrant caravan; Facebook has deactivated it, declines to give account details
Jack Shafer / Politico:
The Weekly Standard is dying so its patron, Philip Anschutz, can strengthen his other conservative political publication, the Washington Examiner
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Chris Smith / Forbes:
The Players' Tribune acquires Unscriptd, whose mobile app lets athletes create, edit, and publish short-form videos, and which'll be rebranded The Players' Post
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
MoviePass is introducing three new plans offering three movies/month, but with restrictions, in Jan, as subscribers decline and cash flow remains problematic