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2:10 PM ET, January 23, 2018


 Top News: 
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.
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Tronc is in talks with Axios about syndicating some of its political coverage for the LA Times and, possibly, other Tronc-owned papers  —  Newspaper owner Tronc Inc. TRNC -0.14% is in talks with the news startup Axios to syndicate its coverage in the Los Angeles Times, people familiar with the discussions say.
Discussion: L.A. Times Guild
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 …
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 …
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.
Pavlena Todorova / Press Gazette:
UK government says Prime Minister Theresa May will authorize creation of the National Security Communications Unit, a rapid response unit to combat fake news  —  The Prime Minister is to launch a rapid response unit to battle the proliferation of “fake news” online, it has been announced.
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
Mike Fleming / Deadline:
Sources: a group bidding for Weinstein Co, led by Maria Contreras-Sweet, has entered into exclusive negotiations to acquire it, deal could close in 7-10 days  —  EXCLUSIVE: It looks like the employees, assets and projects of old The Weinstein Company will get a new lease on life.
Discussion: Variety and The Wrap
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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Vine cofounder Don Hofmann details its successor, v2: aiming for summer debut, 6.5 second looping videos, better moderation, Teams for collaboration, no filters  —  First, don't call it “Vine Two”.  Details are starting to emerge about v2, the forthcoming video app built to replace Vine by its former co-founder Dom Hofmann.
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.
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
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
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