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• The Walt Disney Business reached a roughly $52 billion deal to purchase most of 21st Century Fox, the media conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch, in a as soon as unthinkable deal that — if approved by regulators — promises to reshape Hollywood, the tech sector and the competitive world of streaming.
Disney now has enough muscle to battle Netflix, Apple, Amazon and Facebook in the fast-expanding realm of online video. Here what Disney gets in the deal.
And Mr. Murdoch, 86, must now divide up a lifetime of spoils. He moved rapidly to reassure investors. “Are we retreating? Totally not,” he said. “We are pivoting at a pivotal moment.”
• The F.C.C. voted to dismantle so-known as net neutrality guidelines, which have prohibited U.S. net service providers from blocking web sites or charging for higher top quality delivery.
It is the biggest victory in Ajit Pai’s eventful 11-month tenure as the agency’s chairman.
For a preview of life with no net neutrality, an Op-Ed contributor suggests searching to China, exactly where the web comes with surveillance and censorship. “Net neutrality is named the First Amendment of the web for a excellent reason,” he writes.
• President Moon Jae-in promised a “new start” in South Korea’s relations with China as he met President Xi Jinping for a détente that numerous hope will lead to stepped-up diplomatic efforts on disarming North Korea.
But “Mr. Moon appears to have fallen brief of pleasing Beijing” on South Korea’s nettling embrace of Thaad, the U.S. antimissile system, our correspondent says.
The go to was also marred by the beating of a South Korean photojournalist by Chinese safety guards. South Korea demanded a formal apology.
• China, stung by Australia’s laws against foreign interference, summoned the country’s ambassador in Beijing.
Our bureau chief in Sydney appears at why the debate over where Australia stands with China has grown so heated.
• A field survey of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh identified that at least 6,700 members of the Muslim minority, such as 730 young children beneath 5, met violent deaths in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in the month following the country’s military cracked down on their villages.
The healthcare charity Médecins Sans Frontières stated that nearly 70 percent of the victims it had tallied had been shot and that 9 percent had been incinerated in their homes.
Rakhine has been shut off from most international relief agencies and journalists, but our reporter in Geneva heard reports of paralyzing fear and deprivation by means of an International Red Cross official.
• “For years, he was my monster.”
Salma Hayek, the Hollywood actress, broke her silence about Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul who tormented her over her film “Frida.”
And Russell Simmons, the rap kingpin and co-founder of the Def Jam record label, was accused of rape by 3 females.
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• We have been overwhelmed by the enjoy and feedback we received in the callout last week to readers of this briefing.
We read each message and take all to heart, which includes this one particular: “What I would like to read about much less? Do not laugh: Trump.” (You can constantly attain us at [email protected].)
Far more broadly, here are 11 issues we learned from readers’ comments this year, such as how not to get hit by a truck.
• Generational shift at The New York Times: A.G. Sulzberger, 37, will take over as publisher from his father, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., on Jan. 1. “I am an unapologetic champion for this institution and its journalistic mission,” the younger Mr. Sulzberger mentioned.
• HNA Group, the vast, acquisitive Chinese corporation, is attempting to maintain much more investors from operating for the exits whilst also completing billions of dollars in foreign offers. And it’s grow to be a test case for how efficiently China can curb its heavily indebted “gray rhinos.”
• The Globe Trade Organization ended a three-day conference empty-handed and in discord. Members have some “real soul searching” to do, the W.T.O. director mentioned.
• This was the year tech giants realized that operating strong on-line platforms brings true-world duty, our columnist writes. “The large mystery of 2018 and beyond is what, specifically, that duty will look like.”
• Tech tips: Our individual tech section fielded lots of queries this year. Here are five of the most compelling, completely answered.
In the News
• The death of a Chinese celebrity daredevil exemplifies the internet’s obsession with danger. [The New York Times]
• Theresa May arrived at an E.U. summit in Brussels attempting to perform previous a parliamentary defeat that could weaken her hand in Brexit negotiations. [Reuters]
• Indonesia’sConstitutional Court narrowly voted not to ban sex outdoors marriage, a blow to increasingly influential conservative Islamic groups. [The New York Instances]
• A requiem for Cambodia. “Bangsokol,” one particular of the initial symphonic works to reckon with the Khmer Rouge era, opens in New York these days. [The New York Times]
• A giant, waddling predator? A 57-million-year-old fossilized penguin identified in New Zealand stands 5 feet 7 inches and has a lengthy bill. “Probably they speared their prey,” a scientist stated. [The New York Times]
Suggestions, each new and old, for a a lot more fulfilling life.
• For the wine drinker in the loved ones: five wine books to give this holiday season.
• Here’s how you can score a seat at that new restaurant — the sensible and easy way.
• Recipe of the day: Finish the week with a comforting plate of baked giant shells and ricotta.
• Traverse thehaiku bar trail.Matsuyama, Japan, is honoring its 19th-century poet, Masaoka Shiki, who coined the term haiku, with a range of sake-fortified celebrations.
• In memoriam: Bruce Bowen, 80, the director of the classic ’60s surfing documentary “The Endless Summer season,” which portrayed two young men hunting for the best wave in Senegal, Ghana, South Africa, Australia, Tahiti, New Zealand and Hawaii.
• Ultimately, bear in mind the BBC dad? The dancing hot dog? Despite appearances, there had been actual moments of pure joy on the web this year. We caught up with a couple of of 2017’s viral stars.
The Instances once noted that it might sound “as incorrect as the Twelve Commandments,” but the original version of the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights had a dozen amendments, not ten.
What occurred to the two that got away? It is a worthy query on this date, the anniversary of the passage of the Bill of Rights back in 1791.
1 was originally the very first amendment on the list. It had nothing at all to do with freedom of speech or religion, but alternatively proposed that a limit to the quantity of men and women each congressional district need to have. With the growth of the U.S. population, that would have resulted in about 6,000 members of Congress these days — more than double the size of China’s parliament, the biggest legislative body in the planet.
The other came second, and dealt with congressional spend rather than the appropriate to bear arms.
Neither was ratified by the states at the time, so they dropped off and the remaining ten became the Bill of Rights.
Even so, a loophole that placed no time limit on ratification — and the operate of a determined university student — led to the original Second Amendment becoming the 27th Amendment more than 200 years later.
Anna Schaverien contributed reporting.
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Published at Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:38:00 +0000