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6:55 PM ET, January 22, 2018


 Top News: 
Samidh Chakrabarti / Facebook:
Facebook says social media has mixed effect on democracies: it gives many a voice but paves way for false news, foreign interference, echo chambers, harassment  —  Around the world, social media is making it easier for people to have a voice in government — to discuss issues, organize around causes, and hold leaders accountable.
News Corp:
Rupert Murdoch suggests Facebook pay carriage fees similar to the cable TV model to recognize trusted publishers  —  News Corp today issued the following statement from Executive Chairman, Rupert Murdoch:  —  “Facebook and Google have popularized scurrilous news sources through algorithms …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix beats in Q4 with 8.3M new worldwide subs, vs 5M est., and almost 2M in US, vs 1.28M est.; revenue of $3.29B meets expectations; stock up 8%+ after hours  —  Netflix reeled in 8.3 million new streaming subscribers — including almost 2 million in the U.S. — handily beating Wall Street estimates for the fourth quarter of 2017.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Netflix says it recorded a $39M non-cash charge in Q4 over unreleased material with at least some related to Hollywood's sexual harassment scandal  —  Netflix Inc. is lifting the curtain on just how much the sexual harassment controversy is going to cost Hollywood.
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
Howard Kurtz, host of Fox News show “Media Buzz”, is releasing a tell-all book on chaos inside the White House, to hit stores January 29  —  In late July, the White House had just finished an official policy review on transgender individuals serving in the military and President Trump …
Jesse David Fox / Vulture:
Netflix Will Release a Series of 15-Minute Stand-up Specials in 2018  —  A few months ago, New York and L.A.'s comedy communities were abuzz.  It seemed like every stand-up was putting themselves on tape.  Sure, every once in a while you might see a couple of folks taping for late-night submissions …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: YouTube Live has ~300,000 subs, and Hulu's Live TV service has ~450,000; both services trail DirecTV Now and Dish Sling, which have millions of subs  —  - Hulu and YouTube both launched live TV services last year, in an effort to take on cable channels.
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
Canada's Rogers Communications has terminated a $100M joint venture with Vice Media, which includes a Viceland Canada 24-hour cable channel  —  The Canadianized TV channel from New York City-based Vice Media has been bleeding revenue and subscribers.  —  Canadian cable and mobile giant …
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Vice Media will investigate allegations by ex-TV host Billie Porter that her then boss at Vice gave her alcohol and drugs as a minor, requested sexual act  —  Vice Media is investigating new accusations of sexual misconduct from former British TV Host Billie JD Porter.
Discussion: Variety
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Google's decision to use page speed to rank sites in mobile search results is likely to negatively impact the WSJ, Mail Online, Reuters, CNN, and NBC News  —  Google has been using page speed to rank sites for desktop search results, and now it's getting ready to do the same for mobile.
Pavlena Todorova / Press Gazette:
Journalist James O'Brien steps down from role at BBC Newsnight, citing reluctance to stop criticizing Brexit and Trump  —  James O'Brien has parted ways with BBC's Newsnight.  —  The broadcaster is an open critic of Brexit and US President Donald Trump, views which he airs on his daily LBC radio show.
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Sridhar Pappu / New York Times:
Profile of Nicolle Wallace, anchor of MSNBC's 4pm show “Deadline: White House” and an ex-aide of George W. Bush's White House
Casey Michel / ThinkProgress:
A look at the rise and fall of Louise Mensch, Eric Garland, and other members of the citizen-journalist platoon that promoted Trump-Russian conspiracy theories
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Google CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki pledge to closely monitor each service for fake news, ahead of US midterm elections
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Analysis: CNN has half as many solo female anchors on weekdays as Fox News and MSNBC; Fox News led with 15 hours of on-air time for female anchors
Discussion: Mediaite
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Dave Brooks / Amplify:
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Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Dan Rather, 86, to launch a weekly half-hour show, The News With Dan Rather, with The Young Turks Network starting Monday, aiming to add context to news