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4:00 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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon's IMDB announces it will close discussion boards on February 19 and turn off the ability for users to message each other privately  —  Good riddance to one of the worst places to socialize on the internet.  Amazon-owned IMDb announced today it will be closing down its discussion board later …
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 …
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press:
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press finds that Gorsuch's decisions in libel and invasion of privacy cases reflect solid First Amendment principles  —  On January 31, President Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to fill …
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
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
FCC closes the investigations into sponsored-data offerings by T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast, new agency Chairman Ajit Pai confirms  —  Under recently departed chief Tom Wheeler, the FCC opened inquiries into how companies might be using free data programs, which allow customers …
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
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Ev Williams: our goal is to launch Medium consumer subscription product this quarter  —  Medium CEO Ev Williams announced today at Upfront Summit that his company will launch a consumer subscription product, with the first version coming this quarter.  This could help develop an additional revenue stream apart from advertisements.
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 …
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 …
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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