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10:45 AM ET, February 4, 2017

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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 …
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  —  The White House Correspondents' Dinner has gone from a hoary ritual to the apex of Washington's social calendar, replete with Hollywood A-listers …
Jose Pagliery / CNNMoney:
CEO of Russia's XBT, which owns Webzilla and invested in Prisma app, sues BuzzFeed and Ben Smith for posting Trump dossier; BuzzFeed has now redacted his name  —  A Russian technology executive has sued BuzzFeed and its editor Ben Smith for publishing the unverified Trump dossier, calling it …
Rachael Revesz / The Independent:
After 818 advertisers pledge to pull ads from Breitbart, one consumer group says it will target ad agencies and Amazon and Google next  —  Hundreds of advertisers are pulling away from ultra-conservative news website Breitbart, and campaigners are confident the backlash is snowballing.
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 …
Knight Foundation / Informed and Engaged:
Knight Foundation podcasting report: not a traditional public radio audience, diversity remains a challenge, more  —  INTRODUCTION  —  Podcasting and other forms of on-demand digital audio are growing.  Edison Research reports that, based on a survey conducted in January and February 2016 …
Discussion: RAIN News
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 …
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.
Jordan Cohen / The New York Times Company:
New York Times launches new program that will allow subscribers and others to sponsor Times subscriptions for students in public schools  —  The New York Times today announced the launch of a new program that will allow its subscribers and others who are interested to help support Times journalism …
Discussion: New York Times and Cision
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
 
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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
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Claudia Rosenbaum / BuzzFeed:
Judge dismisses Melania Trump's $150M defamation lawsuit against The Daily Mail, but lawsuit against Maryland blogger still scheduled for November
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National Post:
Sources allege former Vice Canada music editor Yaroslav Pastukhov tried to recruit journalists as cocaine couriers from Las Vegas to Australia