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4:58 PM ET, January 18, 2018


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Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
NYT replaces editorial page with letters from Trump supporters; critics say space given over to supporters is disproportionate given president's approval rating  —  The New York Times will do away with its op-ed page on Thursday temporarily to run a full-page of letters from supporters of the president …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
LA Times CEO Ross Levinsohn has been a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits since 2001; colleagues have called into question his conduct over two decades  —  The Los Angeles Times has given prominent coverage to recent revelations of sexual harassment of women by prominent men, particularly in entertainment and media.
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
HuffPost closes its platform for self-published unpaid contributors, introduces new opinion and personal sections that will include paid, edited contributors  —  Since its founding nearly 13 years ago, The Huffington Post has relied heavily on unpaid contributors, whose ranks included aspiring writers …
New York Times:
Trump tweets a link to “2017 Fake News Awards” on RNC's website,; “winners” include NYT, CNN, ABC, and a broad entry on stories of “Russia collusion”  —  President Trump — who gleefully questioned President Barack Obama's birthplace for years without evidence …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Spotify partners with eight firms, including Buzzfeed, to launch Spotlight, an initiative offering news and political programming, as it vies for radio revenue  —  Eight companies will supply coverage of news, sports, culture  —  Studio head wants ‘content that can be seen and listened to’
Jia Tolentino / New Yorker:
Eulogy for The Awl and The Hairpin, which showed that, for a while, a corner of the internet could be silly, fun, free, and honest  —  Blogging, that much-maligned pastime, is gradually but surely disappearing from the Internet, and so, consequently, is a lot of online freedom and fun.
Adrianne Jeffries / The Outline:
Sources: law enforcement authorities visited Newsweek and IBT Media offices; reason remains unclear but one source said police took photos of company servers  —  Cops came to the headquarters of Newsweek and IBT Media at 7 Hanover Square this morning.  —  Power
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google to make page speed a factor in mobile search ranking starting in July, says change will only affect pages that “deliver the slowest experience to users”  —  Google today announced a significant change in how it ranks websites for mobile searches: it will now take page speed …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Leaked e-mail: Rupert Murdoch sustained a serious back injury while on vacation in early January, plans to work from home “for some weeks”  —  The accident, which happened on his son Lachlan's yacht, comes at a delicate time for the 86-year-old's empire.
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Apple wins bid for 10-episode comedy series starring Kristen Wiig, its first scripted comedy show and third series via Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine banner  —  The untitled 10-episode series is the tech giant's first half-hour comedy.  —  Kristen Wiig is returning to the small screen.
Tanya Dua / Business Insider:
NowThis relaunches website, which it shut down in early 2015; company president says the move was in the works before Facebook announced News Feed changes  —  - Social publisher NowThis has relaunched its website, which it shuttered in early 2015 to go all-in on social platforms directly.
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