Overnight Media Digest
– The acting chief of the Department of Homeland Security Elaine Duke rebuffed the wishes of the White House this week when she refused to end humanitarian protections for immigrants living in the U.S., people familiar with the deliberations said. on.wsj.com/2hpduZ1
– Musical.ly Inc, the maker of a lip-syncing app popular among teens and tweens, has agreed to be acquired by Chinese news and information site Beijing Bytedance Technology Co for as much as $1 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. on.wsj.com/2hnaPyZ
– Alabama’s special election for a U.S. Senate seat was rattled Thursday by allegations that Republican nominee Roy Moore initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl several decades ago, when he was 32. on.wsj.com/2hoMTvc
– A day after disagreements between AT&T Inc and the U.S. government over the company’s proposed takeover of Time Warner Inc spilled out into the open, AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said on Thursday he had no reason to believe that antitrust enforcers’ examination of the deal was influenced by President Donald Trump. on.wsj.com/2hpMeJJ
– News Corp reported a 5 percent increase in revenue in the most recent quarter, with every segment of the company posting gains driven by positive currency fluctuations, acquisitions in Australia and U.K. and continued growth of its digital real-estate business. on.wsj.com/2hnVEWe
* Britain will provide $2 billion in credit guarantees to Saudi Aramco IPO-ARMO.SE so it can buy British goods and services more easily, but denied it was part of efforts to persuade the energy giant to list its shares in London.
* The European Union is asking Britain to accept that Northern Ireland may need to remain in the European customs union after Brexit, according to an update of the negotiations seen by the Financial Times.
* British Prime Minister Theresa May is ready to increase Britain’s offer to the European Union over the Brexit divorce bill.
– Senate Republicans outlined their vision on Thursday for overhauling the tax code, proposing a one-year delay in U.S. President Donald Trump’s top priority of cutting the corporate tax rate while reinstating some prized tax breaks used by middle-class families. nyti.ms/2zvWNQ3
– Randall Stephenson, chief executive of telecommunications giant AT&T Inc, said selling CNN in order to push through his company’s $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc has never been and will never be on the table. nyti.ms/2zwPho5
– The Walt Disney Co reported weaker-than-expected quarterly earnings on Thursday, partly because of bleak results at ABC, an animated feature film that ended up on the shelf and light “Cars 3” toy sales. nyti.ms/2zwZUr6
– Reddit Inc has banned the online community of “incels,” or men who blame women for their involuntary celibacy and sometimes advocate rape, as part of a new crackdown on forums that glorify and incite violence. nyti.ms/2zx7WAd
– Chinese glassmaker Fuyao Glass America beat back a unionization bid at a plant in Ohio, winning a key victory in an important test of the way Chinese companies handle employee relations as they increase their holdings in the United States. nyti.ms/2zz1oRP
– Britain’s economy will trail the Eurozone for each of the coming three years as its growth falls to the bottom of the European Union’s 28 members, according to official forecasts from Brussels. bit.ly/2jeN24C
– Britain’s Office for National Statistics is planning to ask the public how much time they spend on sharing-economy activities such as Airbnb or Uber Technologies Inc to produce a measure of GDP that is more representative of the modern world. bit.ly/2hq0ORw
– United Kingdom is finalising arrangements for a $2 billion loan guarantee to Saudi Arabia Oil Co IPO-ARMO.SE, but the UK government has denied the support is in any way linked to the state-owned firm’s potential listing on the London Stock Exchange. bit.ly/2hogBjS
– British Finance Minister Philip Hammond is being urged to use the budget to reform universal credit to support younger voters, amid growing concerns over the governments flagship benefits programme. bit.ly/2jd4TZL
– British Prime Minister Theresa May warned pro-European Tory rebels that she will not “tolerate” any attempts to undermine Brexit as she unveils plans to enshrine in law the date that Britain leaves the EU. bit.ly/2ho74tg
– British hopes of opening Brexit trade and transition talks this December were thrown into renewed doubt as it emerged that Ireland is making fresh demands over the Northern Ireland border question. bit.ly/2ho4oLR
– Britain’s energy market regulator Ofgem is to stop gas and electricity suppliers from charging as much as 900 pounds ($1,182) when they forcibly install pre-payment meters in households struggling to pay bills. bit.ly/2jewryb
– Activist investor TCI Fund Management called for a shareholder meeting to vote on removing London Stock Exchange Group Plc chairman Donald Brydon, saying the company had not explained why chief executive Xavier Rolet was leaving. bit.ly/2jc8R4S
– John Lewis has launched a slew of products off the back of its Christmas advert, hoping to cash in on the campaign which has surged in recent years to become the UK’s most hotly anticipated on the high street. ind.pn/2jfaqPB
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