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3:40 PM ET, January 23, 2017


 Top News: 
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump wants a flat-out war with media for political purposes, but journalists should reject the bait, responding by doing their jobs fairly and fearlessly  —  The presidency is not a reality show, but President Trump on his first full day in office made clear that he's still obsessed …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
In op-ed, BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith defends the site's decision to publish Trump dossier, arguing that the document was influencing key decision makers  —  Since BuzzFeed News published a 35-page dossier of unverified allegations about ties between President Donald J. Trump and Russia …
Lindsey Ellefson / Mediaite:
Sean Spicer says the White House will designate four “Skype seats” in the briefing room later this week to allow journalists outside DC more access  —  During the first press briefing in Donald Trump's White House, Press Secretary Sean Spicer mentioned a new initiative called “Skype Seats.”
Sprint buys 33% of Jay Z's TIDAL streaming music service, “will make TIDAL available” to its 45M customers; Jay Z and the artist-owners will still run TIDAL  —  NEW YORK and OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Jan. 23, 2017 - Global music and entertainment platform TIDAL and Sprint (NYSE: S) …
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Snapchat updates rules to restrict publishers from posting explicit or misleading images, and links to potentially fake news, says all content must be accurate  —  SAN FRANCISCO — On Snapchat last week, MTV published an article with the headline “Is this the thirstiest person on earth?”
Ken Doctor / Politico:
Tronc has acquired the Spanfeller Media Group for an undisclosed sum, gaining The Daily Meal and The Active Times  —  New year, same question: Is Tronc chairman Michael Ferro a seller or a buyer?  For the moment, he's the latter, as the Tronc chairman has closed a deal to buy the Spanfeller Media Group …
The Independent:
@POTUS tweets not signed “-DJT” are written by Dan Scavino, the WH director of social media who's previously used Twitter to circulate conspiracy theories  —  The man behind Donald Trump's official presidential tweets is a former golf caddy who has repeatedly promoted fake news stories …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump, in CIA visit, attacks media for coverage of his inaugural crowds  —  On his first full day in office, President Trump visited the Central Intelligence Agency's headquarters to express his gratitude for the intelligence community, which he had repeatedly railed against and recently likened to Nazis.
Lisa Campbell / The Bookseller:
Amazon launches the Kindle Storyteller Award, a £20K prize for self-published authors who publish their work on the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) platform  —  Amazon has launched a £20,000 cash prize for authors who self-publish their work on its Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) platform.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
White House press secretary Sean Spicer attacks media for accurately reporting inauguration crowds, warning “we're going to hold the press accountable”  —  Sean Spicer: Trump inauguration had largest audience ever  —  “That's what you guys should be writing and covering,” …
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Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Vox Media promotes Lindsay Nelson to newly-created CMO role, where she will oversee the company's new marketing division
Zeynep Tufekci / technosociology:
Open letter signed by ~70 security experts calls for The Guardian to retract story about alleged WhatsApp backdoor vulnerability
 Earlier Picks: 
Philip Eil / Columbia Journalism Review:
Obama's commutation of Chelsea Manning's sentence won't absolve the former president of his war on whistleblowers and his obsessive control of information
Lisa Chase / ELLE:
Profile of ABC anchor, war correspondent, and debate moderator Martha Raddatz, whose old-fashioned TV bonafides are newly relevant
Ken Doctor / Politico:
Nine major newspaper publishers join Aggrego to launch Headlines Network, a widget-based content network rolling out on 400 of the publishers' sites
Discussion: @jbenton
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Public Broadcasting Funds In Jeopardy As Donald Trump Takes Office
Discussion: Infowars and The Federalist