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8:00 PM ET, July 28, 2015


 Top News: 
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
White House considered Jon Stewart so influential, it arranged secret meetings between the TV host and Obama  —  Jon Stewart's secret White House visits  —  Obama, aides took unusual steps to cultivate ‘Daily Show’ comic  —  Jon Stewart slipped unnoticed into the White House in the midst …
The New York Times Company:
New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet and Metro editors write to the NYRB, rebutting its story on paper's nail salon investigation  —  Rebuttal to The NYRB's Article on NYT Nail Salon Series  —  Below is a letter sent to The New York Review of Books by Times editors in response to …
Felix Salmon / Fusion:
Unlike science, journalism lacks a system of peer review to verify articles and research
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
ASNE newspaper census 2014: 10.4% drop in jobs YoY, 21.58% drop for papers with 100K-250K circulation, minority journalists make up 12.76% of newsrooms  —  Newsonomics: The halving of America's daily newsrooms  —  Cigar maker.  Elevator operator.  Pinsetter.  Iceman.  Lamplighter.
Discussion: @yinkawrites and ASNE
Justin Fox / Bloomberg View:
The Midsize Newspaper Is Toast  —  Everybody who's been paying attention knows that it's been a tough decade for American newspapers.  But every once in a while it's worth checking in on just how bad it's been.  The release of the American Society of Newspaper Editors' annual newsroom census …
Discussion: @jontalton and @herbgreenberg
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Twitter added just 2M MAUs in Q2, excluding “SMS Fast Followers”  —  Twitter Asks for More Time to Fix Things — and Freaks Out Wall Street  —  Twitter added just two million new core users last quarter, and while it also beat Wall Street revenue estimates, investors still aren't buying the Twitter story.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Twitter reports better-than-expected Q2 revenue of $502M with just 316M MAUs, a number that includes “SMS Fast Followers”
Discussion: TechCrunch, The Wrap and Fortune
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
New trial date in Hulk Hogan sex tape case could come at upcoming hearing  —  After a last-minute ruling that put off a trial days before it was slated to begin, representatives for Gawker Media and Hulk Hogan will appear together in court earlier than expected.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Caity Weaver takes the Gawker buyout
New York Times:
Iran's Trial of Jason Rezaian Illustrates Perils Faced by Reporters  —  TEHRAN — For Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter now on trial for espionage in Iran, the incident was extraordinary but still looked like another example of the difficulties in covering the country's politics.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Snapchat's design tweak to make Discover section more visible brings increased traffic for publishers  —  Snapchat tweak boosts traffic for publishers: ‘Our views have doubled’  —  Snapchat is getting more love from publishers since it changed its design to make content more conspicuous.
Discussion: Nieman Lab, Forbes, Wired, WWD and Variety
Samuel Gibbs / Guardian:
Amazon Prime Music launches in the UK  —  Amazon attempts to undercut Spotify and Apple Music with a 1m-track music streaming service bundled with its Prime delivery, books and music service  —  Amazon is launching its Prime Music streaming service in the UK, in a move that will see it aim to undercut Spotify and Apple Music.
Jeff Baumgartner / Multichannel News:
Roku to power new TV streaming service from Australia's Telstra, to launch this fall  —  Telstra Taps Roku for New Streaming TV Service  —  Australian Provider Joins ‘Roku Powered’ Program  —  Over-the-top is increasingly going Down Under.  Roku has notched another service provider deal …
Erik Hayden / Hollywood Reporter:
The Onion is to launch EDGE, a web series mocking HBO's VICE show  —  ‘EDGE’ will mock the conventions of the HBO series.  —  The Onion has set its sights on Shane Smith.  —  The satirical media company is debuting a new series, EDGE, to mock the excesses of HBO's VICE show.
Discussion: Mediaite, Tubefilter, Guardian and The Week
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Gus Lubin / Tech Insider:
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Sage Lazzaro / The New York Observer:
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Discussion: Business Insider