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12:30 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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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
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
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 …
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 …
 
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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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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
Discussion: Variety and Deadline
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