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11:25 PM ET, January 20, 2017


 Top News: 
Liz Spayd / New York Times:
NYT was too timid in posting stories on Trump-Russia ties pre-election, with FBI discouraging publication and with stories posted only after government action  —  LATE fall was a frantic period for New York Times reporters covering the country's secretive national security apparatus.
Columbia Journalism Review:
How newsrooms are gearing up to cover the Trump presidency and why media is entering one of its most challenging periods of the past century  —  Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio, on March 1, 2016.  (Ty Wright / Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Sources: President Trump will tap GOP commissioner Ajit Pai, a fierce critic of net neutrality, to lead the FCC  —  President Donald Trump will tap Ajit Pai as his pick to lead the FCC in the new administration, elevating the sitting GOP commissioner to the top spot overseeing …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
SEC filing: AT&T gained 200K+ paying video subscribers in Q4, “entirely driven by DirecTV Now”; DirecTV Now launched on November 30  —  Telco also discloses $1 billion charge in quarter related to pension and postemployment benefit plans  —  AT&T added more than 200,000 …
Paul McLeod / BuzzFeed:
David Brock's True Blue Media, billed as the left's answer to Breitbart, hires watchdog investigative reporter David Sirota as its new CEO  —  WASHINGTON — True Blue Media, pitching itself as the left's answer to Breitbart, has picked an investigative reporter critical of Republicans and Wall Street Democrats alike as its new CEO.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter launches archive of Vine videos containing all posts from 2013 through 2017, with a creator spotlight section and Vines grouped by genre and year  —  Twitter just can't seem to let go of Vine.  The company announced last fall it would close the video-sharing community site …
Discussion: Medium, Mashable and Engadget
Paul Resnikoff / Digital Music News:
Norwegian newspaper: Tidal publicly claimed 3M members in March 2016, but paid music labels for just 850K subscribers a month later  —  How many subscribers does TIDAL really have?  A new study is now accusing the Jay Z-owned service of completely fabricating their numbers.  And not by a little bit.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube says it found an error that inflated lifetime view counts on channels on 21 days in past 6 months, will issue a patch in the next few days  —  YouTube said that it has discovered an error in how it tabulates lifetime view counts on channels — a bug that may have inflated total video views to date.
Discussion: and Tubefilter
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Business Insider is launching a sub-Saharan version of its site in conjunction with Ringier Africa Digital Publishing on January 23  —  Business Insider announced Friday that it will launch a sub-Saharan version of its site in conjunction with Ringier Africa Digital Publishing.  —  The site will debut on Jan. 23.
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Corinne Grinapol / FishbowlDC:
Ozy Media launching year-long project, States of the Nation, with politics reporter Nick Fouriezos spending a week reporting in every state, starting January 22
Discussion: @neil_s_parmar
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
Exit interview with outgoing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on net neutrality, privacy, cybersecurity, zero-rating, closed captioning, and more
Discussion: @freepress
 Earlier Picks: 
Brian Flood / The Wrap:
Fusion TV launches Fusion Fights, a cross-platform project elevating social justice issues that impact young and diverse communities overlooked by the press
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Nielsen: Tucker Carlson averaged just under 3M viewers in his first week in Fox's primetime line-up, 10% more than the 2.72M Megyn Kelly averaged last year
Discussion: @marksimoneny
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Wayne Barrett, who spent 37 years at the Village Voice investigating developers, landlords, and politicians, dies at 71