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2:50 PM ET, January 24, 2017

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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.
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Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
Digital Content Next study: average premium publisher made $7.7M from distributing content on third-party platforms 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.
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.
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Amazon gets first Oscar nomination for “Manchester by the Sea”, marking the first time a streaming service has been recognized in the Best Picture category  —  Kenneth Lonergan's drama scored a total of six noms, including lead actor, supporting actor and supporting actress.
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.
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Report: print sales of The Sun, Sunday Mirror, Sunday People, Daily Star Sunday, and the Sunday Post are down more than 10% year over year  —  Seven UK national newspapers are currently losing sales at a rate of more than ten per cent year on year, according to the latest ABC figures for December.
Discussion: Globe and Mail
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.
Bloomberg:
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
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.
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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
President Trump designates net neutrality opponent Ajit Pai as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
 
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Congressman Lamar Smith advises public to get their information directly from the President and not the press as it might be only way to get “unvarnished truth”
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
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
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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
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