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1:30 PM ET, January 24, 2017


 Top News: 
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
A new era of access journalism is emerging, one that rewards alt-right sites and peddlers of fake news that are pro-Trump and will not criticize him  —  Armed with its own set of facts, the right has created a parallel media universe that's risen all the way with Trump to the White House.
Discussion: @sulliview, @cernovich and @mat
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
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
Report by media trade body says members, including FT and NYT, earned 14% of revenue from content distributed on platforms like Facebook in first half of 2016  —  Publishers are receiving far less money than might have been expected from placing their content on the third-party distribution platforms owned …
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Source: SNL has indefinitely suspended writer Katie Rich over a tweeted joke about Donald Trump's youngest child Barron, following online backlash  —  Katie Rich, a writer for “Saturday Night Live,” has been suspended from her position at that show following a widely criticized post …
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
Newsweek retracts story praising assault of white supremacist Richard Spencer, issuing an apology via Twitter  —  Newsweek apologized Tuesday after publishing a piece that relished in the assault on white supremacist Richard Spencer Friday as he was counter-protesting at an anti-Donald Trump demonstration in Washington, D.C.
Alexis Sobel Fitts / Backchannel:
Conservative media personalities and news sites are bypassing talk radio in favor of Facebook Live, where some video broadcasts get millions of viewers  —  How the rough-around-the-edges live-streaming tool became the perfect incubator for conservative news in the Trump age.
Tara Palmeri / Politico:
On Monday, Trump dispatched aide Matthew Schuck - an ex-staff writer at right wing website Daily Surge - and a colleague, to the Voice of America's studios  —  The president dispatches two aides to the broadcasting agency that came under fire over the weekend for its Trump coverage.
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”
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Verizon laid off 155 employees from its mobile streaming service Go90; sources say Vessel team, acquired in October, will rebuild the service  —  Team from acquisition Vessel charged with app rebuild  —  Verizon's mobile streaming service Go90 is about to get a hard reset …
Paul Sandle / Reuters:
Sources: Guardian considering becoming a tabloid and outsourcing printing to rival Rupert Murdoch's News UK to cut costs  —  Britain's Guardian newspaper is considering becoming a tabloid and outsourcing printing to a rival such as Rupert Murdoch's News UK as one of a series of options to cut costs, sources told Reuters.
Discussion: Press Gazette and City A.M.
Amazon offers to drop clauses from e-book contracts to settle EU antitrust probe and avoid heavy fine; publishers have a month to respond before EC decides  —  EU poised to publish settlement plan, will seek feedback  —  Amazon has agreed to change e-book contracts with publishers
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.
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
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 More News: 
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Hearst buys The Pioneer Group, a Michigan-based owner of local newspapers and digital sites, for an undisclosed sum
Discussion: Media Wire Daily
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Time Inc. to acquire automated ad buying platform Adelphic Inc., to offer marketers the ability to directly buy advertising that targets specific consumers
Jon Swaine / The Guardian:
Vocativ reporter Evan Engel and RT America journalist Alex Rubinstein charged with felonies after being arrested while covering unrest during inauguration
Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:
Yahoo delays closing Verizon deal until Q2 due to “work required to meet closing conditions”, beats Q4 earnings est. with $1.47B in revenue vs. $1.38B expected
 Earlier Picks: 
Tess Townsend / Recode:
New York Times Deputy Tech Editor Quentin Hardy leaving to become the head of editorial for Google Cloud
Discussion: Reynolds Center and The Drum
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Mark Halperin has left Bloomberg Politics, he notes to friends and associates in email
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
Discussion: Adweek