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8:30 AM ET, January 29, 2021


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Sources: Facebook is developing newsletter tools for journalists and writers, including tools to help build followers, curate email lists, and offer paid subs  —  Here's what you need to know:  —  After an outcry, Robinhood says it will allow users to trade GameStop again on Friday.
The Daily Beast:
In 2019, participants on a NYT trip with reporter Donald McNeil Jr. complained he used racist and sexist language; a probe was conducted and he was reprimanded  —  The paper's top COVID reporter joined a group of students on a trip to Peru in 2019.  Participants alleged he repeatedly made racist comments.
Nicole Hemmer / CNN:
The Fairness Doctrine is not a disinformation fix both because of limited FCC jurisdiction and because it could be used to spread right-wing propaganda further  —  This is how Fox News is describing the Biden administration  —  Nicole Hemmer is an associate research scholar at Columbia University …
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
WaPo, LAT, Reuters, Wired, Vox, and HuffPost are seeking new leadership as the pipeline from regional papers has slowed and promising stars have left the field  —  When Martin Baron announced his upcoming retirement from The Washington Post on Tuesday, it made clear what is either a crisis …
Gene Park / Washington Post:
When journalists parachute in to report on an unfamiliar topic like video games, stereotypes and broad generalizations often obscure important issues  —  Reporters need to understand what video games are before they write stories about video games.  That's because video games are more than just a medium.
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
ABC News President James Goldston is stepping down on March 31 after 17 years with the network  —  ABC News president James Goldston is stepping down after 17 years with the network.  Of those 17 years, he spent seven as president.  —  In a memo to staff sent Thursday, he said his last day with the company will be March 31.
Kathy Gannon / Associated Press:
Pakistan's Supreme Court orders release of the man convicted in the beheading of Daniel Pearl and dismisses the appeal of his acquittal  —  ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered the release Thursday of a Pakistani-British man convicted and later acquitted in the beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002.
Jenny Singer / Glamour:
A look at the female Wikipedia editors working to make the site more equitable in terms of gender as ~90% of editors are men and ~20% of bios are about women  —  About 90% of the people who write Wikipedia are men.  A brilliant team of women is making sure that we have a place in greatest collection of knowledge in human history.
UK court rules that News UK can't claim back VAT paid on digital news services through 2016; digital news services have been exempt from VAT since May  —  A News Corp. unit won't be able to claw back six years of taxes on its digital news operations, a London court ruled on Thursday.
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Brian Welk / The Wrap:
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Wall Street Journal:
NYT promotes Cliff Levy to deputy managing editor, where he will develop procedures to vet stories from the audio unit, following the Caliphate controversy
A TV news crew was ejected from a town hall meeting with new US Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene in Dalton, GA, and threatened with arrest after asking a question
Pippa Stevens / CNBC:
As Reddit's r/WallStreetBets pushes GameStop's stock to a record, other stocks mentioned in the subreddit surge, like AMC Entertainment, which closed up 300%+

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Katharine Gemmell / Bloomberg:
The UK CMA says Microsoft's revised offer to acquire Activision, which includes selling some gaming rights to Ubisoft, appears to address its concerns

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Apple releases emergency updates for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS to patch three new zero-day vulnerabilities, for a total of 16 zero-days fixed in 2023

Jay Peters / The Verge:
X plans to deprecate Circles on October 31, 2023; users will not be able to create new posts nor add people to their Circle but will be able to remove people

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