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1:10 PM ET, January 5, 2018


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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Profile of Michael Wolff, who has been a columnist, media executive, and biographer of Rupert Murdoch, and who is accustomed to angering the Manhattan elite  —  Michael Wolff has, for years, been a prime piranha in the Manhattan media pond, using his caustic columns to tear into his lunchmates at Michael's …
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Longtime Steve Bannon backer Rebekah Mercer issues rebuke distancing family from Bannon, says she's committed to Breitbart News, where she holds minority stake  —  Stephen K. Bannon's main financial backer is formally cutting ties with the former Trump adviser.
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Source: “hard push” exists to convince Breitbart CEO Larry Solov and Susie Breitbart to fire Steve Bannon; WH press secretary says firing should be considered  —  Trump slams Bannon: He lost his mind  —  The White House on Thursday said that Breitbart should consider firing …
Publisher of Wolff book moves release date to Friday, starting at 9am ET, from previously scheduled Tuesday release date  —  The publisher of Michael Wolff's new book about President Trump is rushing it onto bookshelves.  —  “Due to unprecedented demand, we are moving the on-sale date …
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Trump fell for Michael Wolff's skill of sucking up to sources before he tears them down, a decade after Wolff did the same to Murdoch  —  The president should have known better.  Michael Wolff does not mess around.  —  President Donald Trump could have saved himself a lot of grief if he …
Washington Post:
Lawyer Charles Harder demands that publisher Henry Holt and Co. cease and desist from publication of Michael Wolff's book on Trump
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
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Nielsen: 54% of all US music is now streamed, surpassing all formats for the first time; on demand audio hit 400B streams in 2017, up from 252B in 2016  —  U.S. album sales declined in 2017 as streaming continues to grow, according to Nielsen's year-end music report released this week.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Spotify's Chief Content Officer Stefan Blom is leaving ahead of its IPO; the company hasn't named a successor yet  —  Stefan Blom's departure may raise questions.  —  Spotify's top content executive is leaving, just ahead of the streaming music company's planned public offering.
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Google invests undisclosed sum in Chinese game streaming firm Chushou, as it seeks ways to enter Chinese market, which has blocked its search engine since 2012  —  Google has added Chinese mobile game live streaming platform Chushou to its list of investments in Asia.
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
The Tech & Check Cooperative at Duke University Reporters' Lab will test automated fact-checking with real-time alerts during the State of the Union on Jan. 30  —  Is automated fact-checking the “holy grail” for this corner of journalism?  —  Instead of watching the upcoming State …
Philip Oltermann / The Guardian:
New German hate-speech law tests how tech firms juggle free speech and hate speech, with several controversial deletions and suspensions in its first few days  —  Firms such as Facebook and Twitter face fines up to £44m under controversial law that came into force on 1 January
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