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7:00 AM ET, February 5, 2017

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Nathan McAlone / Business Insider:
Digital media startup Odyssey lays off 55 people, over a third of its employees, less than a year after raising $25M  —  Digital media startup Odyssey has laid off 55 people, slashing over a third of its full-time, paid staff less than a year after raising $25 million, CEO Evan Burns confirmed to Business Insider.
Discussion: @trengriffin, @rafat and @jbenton
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 CEO's name  —  A Russian technology executive has sued BuzzFeed and its editor Ben Smith for publishing the unverified Trump dossier, calling it …
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 …
Shelley Hepworth / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A with Olivia Nuzzi on her new role at New York magazine and the antagonism between the Trump administration and the White House press corps  —  Politico named Olivia Nuzzi one of the breakout media stars of the 2016 election thanks to her political reporting for The Daily Beast.
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.
Discussion: @adellewaldman, BuzzFeed, @rjonesx and CNET
Bryan Curtis / The Ringer:
The era of “stick to sports” has ended as Trump's election emboldens sportswriters to enter the realm of political advocacy  —  Sportswriters have been awakened by Donald Trump's presidency.  Is that what their readers want?  —  Did you read sports Twitter over the weekend?
Discussion: @ringer and Vanity Fair
Franziska Kues / Poynter:
Persecuted at home in Turkey, two journalists launch a website to publish independent journalism about Turkey from the relative safety of Germany  —  The Turkish government is trying to shut down two journalists who left the country to publish their work.  But they're not giving up without a fight.
Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed:
Two Bengaluru engineers fight WhatsApp's fake news problem in India by fact-checking user-submitted stories on their website, Check4Spam.com  —  Shammas Oliyath has spent every lunch break for the last six months telling strangers all over India that a Gujarati woman didn't really give birth …
Discussion: @regajha and @pranavdixit
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 …
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: @brett_antenna, @mkramer and RAIN News
 
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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
Discussion: New York Times and Cision
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Ev Williams: our goal is to launch Medium consumer subscription product this quarter
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
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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
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
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Snap Inc. files for IPO, aiming to raise $3B; firm had $404M in revenue in 2016, up 500% YoY, on a $514M net loss