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12:15 AM ET, January 4, 2018

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Michael Wolff / New York Magazine:
Michael Wolff book excerpt recounts Trump's talks with media figures including Roger Ailes, who urged Trump to float rumors of a TV network, and Murdoch  —  One year ago: the plan to lose, and the administration's shocked first days.  —  Election Night: It “looked as if he had seen a ghost.”
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John Santucci / ABC News:
Trump lawyer Charles Harder sends Steve Bannon a letter demanding he refrain from disparaging comments about Trump and his family, claims Bannon breached NDA  —  Lawyers on behalf of President Donald Trump sent a letter Wednesday night to former White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon demanding …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Second-guessing of Michael Wolff's juicy book on the Trump White House begins, fueled by some rebuttals of Wolff's reporting in the past
Dan Primack / Axios:
Sources: Spotify confidentially filed IPO documents with the SEC at the end of December; indications are the company wants to list in Q1  —  Music streaming giant Spotify confidentially filed IPO documents with the SEC at the end of December, Axios has learned from multiple sources.
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Recode:
Sources: TPG and Dragoneer converted Spotify debt into equity at ~$10B valuation, sold it to Tencent at ~$20B, solving Spotify's $1B debt problem ahead of IPO
Discussion: Axios, more at Techmeme »
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
CBS News fires political director Steve Chaggaris after investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior  —  CBS News said Wednesday that it has fired its political director, Steve Chaggaris, amid allegations of “inappropriate behavior” in his past.  —  Chaggaris was a longtime CBS News employee.
Discussion: Variety, @mjb_sf and @owillis
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Sources: Today Show co-anchor Hoda Kotb is earning $18M less than her predecessor Matt Lauer, with a $7M/year deal, underlining huge wage disparity at NBC News  —  Hoda Kotb made history by officially landing Matt Lauer's former “Today” show job — but she is still being paid around $18 million less per year …
Greg Dool / Folio:
Time Inc. sells Essence magazine to group of investors led by Shea Moisture founder Richelieu Dennis; Michelle Ebanks will remain president and get equity stake  —  Time Inc. has officially sold Essence—the magazine as well as its website and events business—to a group of investors led …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The New York Times, constantly under attack from all quarters, often resorts to “both-sides” reporting that fails to properly challenge those with power  —  When most newspapers get a new publisher, few people know or care.  It gets a shrug, except by those directly affected.
Jason Schreier / Kotaku:
Editor-in-chief of gaming website IGN, Steve Butts, has been fired after an investigation into workplace misconduct, general manager says  —  The massive gaming website IGN has fired its editor-in-chief, Steve Butts, after an investigation into alleged workplace misconduct, the company said today.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Showtime's political documentary series The Circus will return in April without Mark Halperin; he is being replaced by CBS news anchor Alex Wagner  —  The Showtime political documentary series “The Circus” is set to return in April, minus its most recognizable star: Mark Halperin …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
A&E Networks signs deal with Verizon's Oath to make some of its programming available to stream for free on Yahoo and AOL  —  Telco also gets exclusive window on original digital content from A+E's 45th & Dean studio  —  Episodes of History's “Vikings,” Lifetime's “Project Runway” …
James Risen / The Intercept:
James Risen recounts his struggles with the government and his NYT editors as he reported on US pre-war intelligence on Iraq and the NSA domestic spying effort  —  I was sitting in the nearly empty restaurant of the Westin Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, getting ready for a showdown …
 
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Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
YouTube had re-uploads of Logan Paul's video in Trending section before removing them, says non-graphic videos offering commentary don't violate guidelines
Elisabeth Bumiller / The New York Times Company:
Memo: The New York Times appoints Lara Jakes as a deputy editor of its Washington bureau, overseeing coverage of foreign policy
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
News Corp CEO Robert Thomson says the company is in constant talks with Facebook and Google, praises Google CEO Sundar Pichai
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin launches American Woman, an eight-part digital series profiling eminent women like Ava DuVernay and Sheryl Crow
Discussion: CNN
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Raymond Zhong / New York Times:
Chinese news app Toutiao suspends 1.1K+ blog accounts, updates app to cover more state media, as source says its parent is in talks to raise at $30B+ valuation
WashPost PR:
The Washington Post names Tracy Grant as managing editor for staff development and standards
Discussion: Washington Post
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Spotify faces new copyright lawsuit from Wixen Music that suggests up to 21% of Spotify songs are unlicensed; plaintiff seeks $1.6B+ in damages