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9:50 AM ET, December 12, 2018

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Peter Kafka / Recode:
Verizon's declining focus on media has been apparent for a while, signaled by the departure of executives who bought AOL and Yahoo and combined them into Oath  —  And Verizon investors seem fine with that.  —  It was easy to predict that Verizon would end up regretting the $10 billion or so that it had invested in AOL and Yahoo.
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Scott Moritz / Bloomberg:
Verizon has slashed the value of its AOL and Yahoo acquisition by $4.6B, says a tough ad market has led to a shortfall in revenue and profit
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
CBS News settles lawsuit with three women who accused Charlie Rose of sexual harassment, but legal proceedings against Rose continue  —  CBS News reached a legal settlement with three women who accused the network of not doing enough to stop one of its anchors, Charlie Rose, from sexually harassing them.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
NPR announces RAD, an open source podcast analytics technology that aims to collect better listening metrics while respecting user privacy  —  Internet users are already being tracked to death, with ads that follow us around, search histories that are collected and stored …
Discussion: NPR, RAIN News and Current
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple plans to relaunch Texture as an “all-you-can-eat” news subscription service, built into Apple News, as soon as spring 2019; publishers are wary  —  - Texture is set to evolve into Apple News subscription feature  — Media executives remain wary of Apple's latest media foray
Discussion: MacRumors, @gerryfsmith and 9to5Mac
Eliza Brooke / Vox:
How recommendation sites like the Strategist and Wirecutter maintain readers' trust while earning revenue through affiliate links  —  Sites like the Strategist, Wirecutter, and BuzzFeed Reviews want to help you find the best of the best. … Say you want to buy a travel mug.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
CBS News promotes Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett to Chief Washington Correspondent  —  CBS News has promoted Major Garrett to the post of Chief Washington Correspondent.  —  A veteran journo, Garrett has served as Chief White House Correspondent since joining CBS News in 2012.
Rochelle Toplensky / Financial Times:
EU antitrust officials launch probe into Vodafone's acquisition of Liberty Global's cable assets in the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, and Romania  —  EU antitrust officials have launched an in-depth probe into Vodafone's €18.4bn purchase of Liberty Global's cable assets in the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Romania.
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Writers and editors at Slate vote 52-1 in favor of strike action, as they demand better diversity policies and removal of “right-to-work” clause  —  - Outlet's editorial staff authorize walkout by 52 to 1 vote  — Company's “right-to-work” stance riles its employees
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
A study sponsored by Creative Artists Agency and shift7 shows the top movies from 2014 to 2017 starring women earned more than movies led by men  —  “Trolls.”  “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”  “Moana.”  “Inside Out.”  “Wonder Woman.”  All were global box-office hits that had women in leading roles.
ProPublica:
ProPublica names the 14 newsrooms and journalists who will participate in the second year of the Local Reporting Network, including NOLA.com and WNYC  —  ProPublica named 14 newsrooms and local reporters on Wednesday who will participate in the second year of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network …
Linley Sanders / Teen Vogue:
Profiles of nonprofit news outlets Borderzine, Flint Beat, and The Colorado Independent, run by young women reporting local news that reflects their experiences  —  When Irais Urias reads headlines about the Mexican border, they don't often match her experience as a young Latinx woman who lives …
 
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