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12:45 PM ET, January 23, 2018

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Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Report: a 19-year-old Michigan man has been arrested after threatening to kill CNN employees, telling an operator: “Fake news, I'm coming to gun you all down”  —  A Michigan man was arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot and kill CNN employees, WGCL-TV reported Monday.
Bloomberg:
Twitter COO Anthony Noto has resigned to become SoFi CEO, starting March 1  —  Noto joined Twitter in 2014 after a career on Wall Street  —  SoFi has been searching for a new leader since September  —  Twitter Inc. Chief Operating Officer Anthony Noto has resigned to accept the role …
Variety:
In a provisional decision, UK regulators say 21st Century Fox's bid to take over Sky would not be in the public interest “due to media plurality concerns”  —  In a blow to 21st Century Fox, Britain's competition watchdog has provisionally concluded that the company's proposed takeover …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
From Weds, some Snapchat users will be able to share select Stories on the web, part of an effort by Snap to monetize content outside of the app  —  - Netflix Took $39 Million Write-Down for ‘Unreleased Content’ — Was It Related to Kevin Spacey Scandal?  —  Snap is taking its first step to tear down Snapchat's walled garden.
Discussion: Fortune
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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
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.
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Infowars host Alex Jones has partnered with NYT-bestselling author Neil Strauss to write a book, according to a proposal sent to several publishers  —  Alex Jones, the far-right conspiracy theorist, is working on a book with New York Times bestselling author Neil Strauss …
Discussion: thecut and @paulblu
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Google Play now sells audiobooks, includes voice support for Google Assistant, launching in 45 markets and nine languages  —  Ever since Google ditched Android Market in 2012 and brought all its digital media content into a single marketplace, Google Play has emerged as the go-to place for apps …
Discussion: TechCrunch and 9to5Google
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Democrats Rep. Schiff and Sen. Feinstein call for Twitter and Facebook to investigate if Russian troll accounts fueled the rise of the #releasethememo hashtag  —  ‘We are witnessing an ongoing attack by the Russian government’  —  Last week, right-wing circles were buzzing over a secret memo written …
Megha Rajagopalan / BuzzFeed:
How Cambodia's prime minister and his staff exploit Facebook's rules to shut down criticism amid a Facebook experiment that reduces independent media's reach  —  Facebook was supposed to open up societies like Cambodia.  But it's doing just the opposite — with disastrous consequences for its fragile politics.
Discussion: The Verge
Kyle Pope / Columbia Journalism Review:
Journalists should rely less on Trump's agenda and tell first-person stories, oral histories, and theoretical what-ifs in addition to investigative pieces  —  Please pick us, please pick us, please pick us.  —  It says so much about our current media moment that the president would announce plans …
Melinda Newman / Billboard:
Apple launches Apple Music for Artists, a dashboard to provide musicians with insights into their fans' listening and purchasing habits, currently in beta  —  Today Apple launches Apple Music for Artists, a dashboard designed to provide acts with hundreds of data points giving deep analytical insight …
 
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Chris Buckley / New York Times:
Hong Kong book publisher Gui Minhai taken by police while on Beijing-bound train and accompanied by Swedish diplomats, months after his 2-year detainment ended
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