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12:10 PM ET, January 31, 2017


 Top News: 
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
WSJ EIC Gerry Baker has instructed reporters to stop referring to countries banned by Trump as majority Muslim, saying they were not banned for that reason  —  “It's very loaded.  The reason they've been chosen is not because they're majority Muslim but because they're on the list …
Hamza Shaban / BuzzFeed:
Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos' company, Amazon, joins Washington State's lawsuit against Trump's Muslim ban  —  The attorney general of Washington state filed a lawsuit Monday challenging President Donald Trump's controversial immigration order, and he's counting two Washington-based companies …
Discussion: @macloo, @amzam and Business Insider
Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
In internal memo, Fox execs James and Lachlan Murdoch say they're helping staff affected by the Muslim ban and note the company was founded by immigrants  —  21st Century Fox executives Lachlan and James Murdoch on Monday addressed employees about President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
The New Yorker's website publishes 15 pieces a day, attracted 30M+ uniques in November, up 155% year-on-year  —  Nick Thompson was on his way to the subway when he got an email from his boss, New Yorker Editor David Remnick.  —  The subject line?  “Morning piece.”
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Sources: Layoffs hitting the Wall Street Journal today, with cuts to bureaus in Asia and Europe  —  Layoffs hit The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.  —  Details were scant, but sources said the cuts were happening in Journal bureaus in Europe and Asia.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Streaming media app Plex acquires news video startup Watchup, which will now be integrated into the Plex app, with an expected launch of Q2 2017  —  In recent months, streaming media app Plex has expanded its focus from offering tools to organize and stream your home media collection of photos …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Fiction-app startup Radish raises $3M from UTA, Bertelsmann, Amy Tan and others; Larry Kirshbaum, ex-head of Amazon Publishing, is an adviser  —  Radish Media, a short-form serialized fiction platform startup, has raised $3 million in seed funding from investors including UTA, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments and author Amy Tan.
Alex Weprin / Politico:
In an interview, Sean Hannity says the media doesn't understand Trump and consists of “a bunch of overpaid, out of touch, lazy millionaires”  —  With top White House adviser Steve Bannon openly calling the media the “opposition party,” and President Trump in agreement …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
British streaming service Walter Presents, which curates foreign-language drama, to launch in the US in March for $6.99 a month  —  “Countries all over the globe are now producing extraordinary TV series,” says founder and curator Walter Iuzzolino about the service, which will cost $6.99 a month in the U.S.
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / WWD:
Steve Kandell, BuzzFeed's executive editor for features, appointed site director of  —  Steve Kandell will oversee  —  Steve Kandell has been named site director of, Hearst revealed today.  Kandell comes to Hearst from Buzzfeed, where he was, most recently, executive editor for features.
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
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