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6:05 PM ET, July 28, 2015


 Top News: 
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  —  Why you can't trust journalism  —  Everyone wants one thing: your clicks (and retweets, and likes, and citations).  Most writers sincerely want the truth too.  Sadly the two are not always compatible.
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 …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Twitter added just 2M MAUs in Q2, excluding “SMS Fast Followers”  —  Twitter Added Just Two Million New Core Users Last Quarter (Liveblog)  —  Twitter added just two million new core users last quarter, but crushed Wall Street revenue estimates when it reported Q2 earnings Tuesday afternoon.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Twitter reports better-than-expected Q2 revenue of $502M with just 316M MAUs, a number that includes “SMS Fast Followers”  —  Twitter Pops 4% After Reporting Better-Than-Expected Q2 Revenue And Profit Along With Anemic User Growth  —  Update: Twitter shares fell to flat in after-hours trading …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Adweek and The Wrap
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
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
New York magazine confirms outage was result of cyber attack  —  In a statement to Poynter Tuesday morning, New York magazine gave credence to a hacker's claim that its website was taken down by a pseudonymous assailant known as “ThreatKing.”  —  “We believe the outage was the result …
Madeline Welsh / Nieman Lab:
How New York magazine used Instagram and Tumblr to promote and share its Bill Cosby story after a DDoS attack
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, WWD and Variety
Noah Kulwin / Re/code:
Reddit Head of Community Jessica Moreno has left company two weeks after content policy change  —  Two Weeks After Content Policy Update, Reddit's Head of Community, Jessica Moreno, Has Left the Company  —  Reddit's head of community, Jessica Moreno, has left the company.
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: Guardian, Tubefilter, Mediaite and The Week
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
New site The Seventy Four plans to use advocacy journalism to cover education; $4M budget funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Walton Family Foundation, others  —  Can Campbell Brown's education news site walk the advocacy-journalism tightrope?  —  The newcomer to education news outlets …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Verizon to Resell HBO Now, Will Add Network's Content to Mobile-Video Service  —  HBO and Verizon Communications reached a deal under which the telco will sell the $15-per-month HBO Now standalone streaming service to its broadband subscribers, and Verizon also will add the premium cabler's content …
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