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7:45 AM ET, January 24, 2017


 Top News: 
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
News Media Alliance praises Trump's pick for FCC chair, Ajit Pai, as an “avid supporter of the news media industry”  —  News of Republican Ajit Pai's elevation to chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has alarmed many consumer advocates.
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Congressman Lamar Smith advises public to get their information directly from the President and not the press as it might be only way to get “unvarnished truth”  —  Republicans on Capitol Hill are coming to the Trump administration's defense after the new president declared …
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
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.”
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Verizon laid off 155 employees from its mobile streaming service Go90; sources say Vessel team, acquired in October, will rebuild the service  —  Team from acquisition Vessel charged with app rebuild  —  Verizon's mobile streaming service Go90 is about to get a hard reset …
Discussion: Engadget, @jank0 and @bmccandless
Music Business Worldwide:
Sources: Sprint's 33% stake in TIDAL cost $200M, valuing TIDAL at $600M  —  Well, well, well.  —  Less than a day after MBW ruminated on whether TIDAL would be able to secure some outside help with its funding - and survive without it - a major development has been confirmed.
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
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Vocativ reporter Evan Engel and RT America journalist Alex Rubinstein charged with felonies after being arrested while covering unrest during inauguration  —  Two journalists who were arrested while covering the unrest in Washington DC surrounding Donald Trump's inauguration last Friday …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Paul Sandle / Reuters:
Sources: Guardian considering becoming a tabloid and outsourcing printing to rival Rupert Murdoch's News UK to cut costs  —  Britain's Guardian newspaper is considering becoming a tabloid and outsourcing printing to a rival such as Rupert Murdoch's News UK as one of a series of options to cut costs, sources told Reuters.
Discussion: Press Gazette and City A.M.
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Hearst buys The Pioneer Group, a Michigan-based owner of local newspapers and digital sites, for an undisclosed sum  —  The acquisition expands Hearst's footprint in Michigan's local newspaper market.  —  Hearst Tower  —  Hearst said Monday that it has acquired the business operations …
Discussion: Media Wire Daily
John Keefe:
John Keefe leaves WNYC's data news team for a new role building bots and apps in the new Quartz Bot Studio  —  It's been an amazing run.  —  For nearly 16 years I've been at radio station WNYC, working with dedicated, talented people to inform New Yorkers every day and to help them navigate elections …
Discussion: @katehinds and @jkeefe
Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:
Yahoo delays closing Verizon deal until Q2 due to “work required to meet closing conditions”, beats Q4 earnings est. with $1.47B in revenue vs. $1.38B expected  —  Yahoo addresses user engagement after security breach disclosure  —  Despite better-than-expected financial performance …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Time Inc. to acquire automated ad buying platform Adelphic Inc., to offer marketers the ability to directly buy advertising that targets specific consumers  —  Move is intended to give advertisers self-service capabilities for data-driven buying  —  Magazine publisher Time Inc. said it has agreed …
Tess Townsend / Recode:
New York Times Deputy Tech Editor Quentin Hardy leaving to become the head of editorial for Google Cloud  —  He announced on Twitter Monday that he will be head of editorial for Google Cloud.  —  New York Times deputy tech editor Quentin Hardy is heading to Google.
Discussion: Reynolds Center and The Drum
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Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Mark Halperin has left Bloomberg Politics, he notes to friends and associates in email
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
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Amazon launches the Kindle Storyteller Award, a £20K prize for self-published authors who publish their work on the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) platform
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