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12/5/2016

C-SPAN has provided continuous coverage of Trump Tower with its network pool camera trained on the building's elevator doors. As viewers have waited for a sighting of Donald Trump, other high-profile people, including former Vice President Dan Quayle and CNN's Wolf Blitzer, have been caught on camera.

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Multichannel News
12/5/2016

Sirius XM Chairman Greg Maffei has reportedly approached Pandora's board to follow up on its offer to take over the company. Pandora has not yet responded to the offer, and both companies have declined to comment on the possibility of an acquisition.

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Bloomberg
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12/5/2016

Mobile alerts about the wildfires in Gatlinburg, Tenn., were not sent to mobile phones, officials have confirmed. John Mathews of the Sevier County Emergency Management Agency said that he contacted the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency to handle the mobile alerts and thought it had fulfilled his request.

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12/5/2016

Elliot Schrage, Facebook's vice president of communications and public policy, spoke at a recent event about Facebook's role in policing fake news stories. Schrage admitted that Facebook has a big responsibility in weeding out fake news stories, and he proposed several solutions, such as overhauling reporting tools and focusing on changing user behavior.

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Engadget
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12/5/2016

Music streaming service Spotify is on a track of growth and could become profitable as early as next year, said Par-Jorgen Parson, a board member who was one of the company's earliest investors. Spotify's most recent funding round gave it an $8 billion valuation.

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Reuters
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12/5/2016

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday sent letters to AT&T and Verizon regarding how the wireless carriers exempt their own apps from data caps. The FCC said that the "zero rating" practice can harm consumers and competition, as it can make it more expensive for internet providers to compete with those that have their own video services.

12/5/2016

Sports leagues and teams will bring in an estimated $18.9 billion in media rights fees in 2017, a PricewaterhouseCoopers report states. Sports makes up about 40% of programming fees, and as more regional networks enter the playing field through traditional media and digital, programming costs -- and pay-TV bills -- are expected to continue to rise.

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PwC
12/5/2016

Industry leaders are extending their congratulations to Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., for being elected chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "We look forward to working [with] Chairman Walden and the full Committee on a productive agenda that encourages private capital investment, supports ongoing innovation and promotes the growth of our national economy," says NCTA President Michael Powell.

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Broadcasting & Cable
12/5/2016

Media consumption through apps has risen 38.5% year-over-year, increasing to 133 minutes consumed per day, per a Flurry report. The rise is being attributed to teenagers who engage in "communitainment" -- communication meshed with entertainment -- through apps such as live.ly and Houseparty, says Flurry Senior Vice President Simon Khalaf.

12/5/2016

Hulu has launched a series of television shows and movies that are available in 4K Ultra High-Definition format. Titles including TV series "The Path" and most James Bond movies are available in the format to subscribers with a Microsoft Xbox One S or Sony PlayStation 4 Pro, provided that users have a minimum internet speed of 13 megabits per second.

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Variety
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