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7:25 PM ET, January 23, 2017


 Top News: 
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
President Trump designates net neutrality opponent Ajit Pai as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission  —  Donald Trump has elevated Ajit Pai to chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, giving control over the agency to a reliable conservative who's been opposed to pretty …
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
News Media Alliance praises Trump's pick for FCC chair, Ajit Pai, as an “avid supporter of the news media industry  —  News of Republican Ajit Pai's elevation to chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has alarmed many consumer advocates.  —  Pai not only voted …
Sprint buys 33% of Jay Z's TIDAL streaming music service, “will make TIDAL available” to its 45M customers; Jay Z and the artist-owners will still run TIDAL  —  NEW YORK and OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Jan. 23, 2017 - Global music and entertainment platform TIDAL and Sprint (NYSE: S) …
Music Business Worldwide:
Sources: Sprint's 33% stake in TIDAL cost $200M, valuing TIDAL at $600M  —  Well, well, well.  —  Less than a day after MBW ruminated on whether TIDAL would be able to secure some outside help with its funding - and survive without it - a major development has been confirmed.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
In op-ed, BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith defends the site's decision to publish Trump dossier, arguing that the document was influencing key decision makers  —  Since BuzzFeed News published a 35-page dossier of unverified allegations about ties between President Donald J. Trump and Russia …
Lindsey Ellefson / Mediaite:
Sean Spicer says the White House will designate four “Skype seats” in the briefing room later this week to allow journalists outside DC more access  —  During the first press briefing in Donald Trump's White House, Press Secretary Sean Spicer mentioned a new initiative called “Skype Seats.”
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Snapchat updates rules to restrict publishers from posting explicit or misleading images, and links to potentially fake news, says all content must be accurate  —  SAN FRANCISCO — On Snapchat last week, MTV published an article with the headline “Is this the thirstiest person on earth?”
John Keefe:
John Keefe leaves WNYC's data news team for a new role building bots and apps in the new Quartz Bot Studio  —  It's been an amazing run.  —  For nearly 16 years I've been at radio station WNYC, working with dedicated, talented people to inform New Yorkers every day and to help them navigate elections …
Discussion: @katehinds and @jkeefe
The Independent:
@POTUS tweets not signed “-DJT” are written by Dan Scavino, the WH director of social media who's previously used Twitter to circulate conspiracy theories  —  The man behind Donald Trump's official presidential tweets is a former golf caddy who has repeatedly promoted fake news stories …
Ken Doctor / Politico:
Tronc has acquired the Spanfeller Media Group for an undisclosed sum, gaining The Daily Meal and The Active Times  —  New year, same question: Is Tronc chairman Michael Ferro a seller or a buyer?  For the moment, he's the latter, as the Tronc chairman has closed a deal to buy the Spanfeller Media Group …
Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:
Yahoo delays closing Verizon deal until Q2 due to “work required to meet closing conditions”, beats on Q4 earnings with $1.47B in revenue vs. $1.38B expected  —  Yahoo addresses user engagement after security breach disclosure  —  Despite better-than-expected financial performance …
Tess Townsend / Recode:
New York Times Deputy Tech Editor Quentin Hardy leaving to become the head of editorial for Google Cloud  —  He announced on Twitter Monday that he will be head of editorial for Google Cloud.  —  New York Times deputy tech editor Quentin Hardy is heading to Google.
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Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Mark Halperin has left Bloomberg Politics, he notes to friends and associates in email
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Vox Media promotes Lindsay Nelson to newly-created CMO role, where she will oversee the company's new marketing division
Lisa Campbell / The Bookseller:
Amazon launches the Kindle Storyteller Award, a £20K prize for self-published authors who publish their work on the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) platform
Zeynep Tufekci / technosociology:
Open letter signed by ~70 security experts calls for The Guardian to retract story about alleged WhatsApp backdoor vulnerability
 Earlier Picks: 
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Sources: Breitbart staff writer Julia Hahn is expected to join White House as special assistant to the president, working under chief strategist Steve Bannon
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump wants a flat-out war with media for political purposes, but journalists should reject the bait, responding by doing their jobs fairly and fearlessly