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11:15 AM ET, January 4, 2018


 Top News: 
Michael Wolff / New York Magazine:
Michael Wolff book excerpt recounts Trump's talks with media figures including Roger Ailes, who urged Trump to float rumors of a TV network, and Murdoch  —  One year ago: the plan to lose, and the administration's shocked first days.  —  Election Night: It “looked as if he had seen a ghost.”
John Santucci / ABC News:
Trump lawyer Charles Harder sends Steve Bannon a letter demanding he refrain from disparaging comments about Trump and his family, claims Bannon breached NDA  —  Lawyers on behalf of President Donald Trump sent a letter Wednesday night to former White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon demanding …
Washington Post:
Lawyer Charles Harder demands that publisher Henry Holt and Co. cease and desist from publication of Michael Wolff's book on Trump  —  President Trump on Wednesday castigated his former chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon as a self-aggrandizing political charlatan who has “lost his mind,” …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Second-guessing of Michael Wolff's juicy book on the Trump White House begins, fueled by some rebuttals of Wolff's reporting in the past  —  Among the many things he's been called — “blunt,” “pathetic,” “calculating” — the one thing Michael Wolff has never been described as is boring.
Dan Primack / Axios:
Sources: Spotify confidentially filed IPO documents with the SEC at the end of December; indications are the company wants to list in Q1  —  Music streaming giant Spotify confidentially filed IPO documents with the SEC at the end of December, Axios has learned from multiple sources.
Sources: TPG and Dragoneer converted Spotify debt into equity at ~$10B valuation, sold it to Tencent at ~$20B, solving Spotify's $1B debt problem ahead of IPO  —  Big investors TPG and Dragoneer get a nice return, and Tencent gets a piece of the streaming music company.  Everybody happy?
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
CBS News fires political director Steve Chaggaris after investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior  —  CBS News said Wednesday that it has fired its political director, Steve Chaggaris, amid allegations of “inappropriate behavior” in his past.  —  Chaggaris was a longtime CBS News employee.
Discussion: TVNewser, The Wrap, Variety, @mjb_sf and @owillis
Greg Dool / Folio:
Time Inc. sells Essence magazine to group of investors led by Shea Moisture founder Richelieu Dennis; Michelle Ebanks will remain president and get equity stake  —  Time Inc. has officially sold Essence—the magazine as well as its website and events business—to a group of investors led …
Jason Schreier / Kotaku:
Editor-in-chief of gaming website IGN, Steve Butts, has been fired after an investigation into workplace misconduct, general manager says  —  The massive gaming website IGN has fired its editor-in-chief, Steve Butts, after an investigation into alleged workplace misconduct, the company said today.
Angelique Chrisafis / The Guardian:
French president proposes laws that will allow authorities to remove content or block sites publishing fake news, capping of sponsored content, during elections  —  French president warns democracies are under threat as he sets out plan including emergency blocks on websites
Discussion: TechCrunch, BBC and Financial Times
Tanya Dua / Business Insider:
JPMorgan Chase created internal tool to select “safe” YouTube channels for its ads; algorithm culled list of channels where its ads can appear from 5M to 3K  —  - JPMorgan Chase has created an internal tool to make sure its ads don't end up next to unsavory content on YouTube.
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Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
YouTube had re-uploads of Logan Paul's video in Trending section before removing them, says non-graphic videos offering commentary don't violate guidelines
Discussion: The Verge
Todd Spangler / Variety:
A&E Networks signs deal with Verizon's Oath to make some of its programming available to stream for free on Yahoo and AOL
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The New York Times, constantly under attack from all quarters, often resorts to “both-sides” reporting that fails to properly challenge those with power
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Sources: Today Show co-anchor Hoda Kotb is earning $18M less than her predecessor Matt Lauer, with a $7M/year deal, underlining huge wage disparity at NBC News