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12:40 PM ET, February 3, 2017


 Top News: 
New York Times:
New Yorker and Vanity Fair pull out of WHCD parties on April 29, underscoring the awkward nature of throwing a splashy dinner for a media-hostile president  —  NEW YORK — The White House Correspondents Dinner has gone from a hoary ritual to the apex of Washington's social calendar …
Daniel Marans / The Huffington Post:
The majority of MTV News digital staffers have opted to unionize, selecting the Writers Guild of America, East, as their representative  —  Staffers opted to join the Writers Guild of America, East.  —  The majority of digital staff of MTV News has opted to unionize, leaders of the organizing drive …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
The Wall Street Journal is exploring an ad-free digital offering, charging on a per-article basis, and more, according to an online reader survey  —  The Wall Street Journal is exploring new ways to drum up revenue from readers, including an ad-free version of its digital platforms …
Discussion: @digiday, @digiday and @gu881n5
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Amazon Prime members doubled their consumption of music, books, and movies in 2016 as service expanded to 200 countries  —  Internet retailing giant Amazon touted strong results of its Prime membership program — saying user consumption of video, music and book content in 2016 more than doubled …
National Post:
Sources allege former Vice Canada music editor Yaroslav Pastukhov tried to recruit journalists as cocaine couriers from Las Vegas to Australia  —  An editor allegedly used Vice Canada to recruit drug mules  —  TORONTO — An editor with Vice Media used the Canadian headquarters …
Rich Bockmann / The Real Deal New York:
The New York Times will temporarily relocate roughly 400 staffers to the Time-Life Building as it overhauls its headquarters on Eighth Avenue  —  Newspaper signs short-term sublease at Rockefeller Group's 1271 AoA as it reconfigures HQ  —  The paper of record has inked a lease for a temporary home on Sixth Avenue.
Discussion: @byrichbockmann and @trdny
Peter Sterne / Politico:
Two investors have filed a shareholder resolution asking Facebook to issue a report about the impact of fake news on the company and society  —  Two small Facebook investors filed a shareholder resolution on Thursday formally asking the social media giant to issue a report about the impact that …
Bob Fernandez /
Thousands of Comcast employees stop work in Philadelphia and other cities to protest Trump's immigration executive order  —  Thousands of Comcast employees in Philadelphia streamed out of the Comcast Center on Thursday afternoon to protest President Trump's recent executive order on Muslim immigrants and refugees from seven nations.
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Study: 88.5% of the total time UK readers devote to 11 national newspaper brands is spent on the print edition, while 7.49% goes to mobile and 4% to PCs  —  The readers have spoken: You can pry their newspapers from their cold, dead hands.  —  Print is the past and online is the future, as all can attest.
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