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4:45 PM ET, August 7, 2015


 Top News: 
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Writers at Vice Media vote to unionize by joining Writers Guild of America East  —  Writers at Vice Media Vote to Unionize … Writers at Vice Media have voted to unionize, said people familiar with the matter, giving organized labor its biggest foothold yet in digital media newsrooms.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
GOP debate was watched by 24M viewers, highest-rated primary debate in TV history  —  Fox's GOP debate had record 24 million viewers  —  Fox's GOP debate was watched by 24 million viewers on Thursday night, according to Nielsen data, making it the highest-rated primary debate in television history.
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
New York Times used a Chrome plug-in to publish a liveblog of GOP debate from posts written and edited in Slack  —  The New York Times liveblogged last night's GOP debate directly from Slack  —  If you weren't satisfied simply watching the spectacle that was the first Republican presidential debate …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
California district court dismisses $20B discrimination lawsuit against Comcast, TWC, Al Sharpton, NAACP, and others  —  Comcast, Al Sharpton Beat $20B Racial Discrimination Lawsuit  —  The judge rejects a complaint over too few African-American-owned TV channels on air.
Gurman Bhatia / Poynter:
How newsrooms are using machine learning to make journalists' lives easier  —  Much of what many journalists do every day doesn't involve gathering news.  —  Just consider the typical process for publishing a story: The reporter reports, writes (or produces) the content, and the editor makes suggestions for revision.
Ana Radelat / Ad Age:
US Senate committee, four state legislatures are considering lowering tax breaks on advertising costs  —  The Taxman Once Again Trains His Eye on Advertising  —  Four States Consider Ad Tax; Senate Finance Committee Sees $169B in Potential Revenue  —  $137.8B
Discussion: AdExchanger
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / Guardian:
Report finds an increase in mafia threats to journalists in Italy, with 2,060 reported between 2006 and October 2014  —  Surge in mafia attacks on journalists in Italy  —  Organised criminals increasingly using violence and intimidation as well as legal threats to silence journalists, says parliamentary committee
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Lisa Beilfuss / Wall Street Journal:
E.W. Scripps Q2: overall $31.4M loss, TV and digital operating revenue up 50% to $167.4M  —  E.W. Scripps Reports Wider Loss, Driven by Merger  —  Media company completed its merger with Journal Communications in April  —  Media company E.W. Scripps Co. said its loss widened in the latest quarter …
Christina Warren / Mashable:
Fox News livestream faced issues for most of GOP debate; Sky News version on YouTube was cut at end of debate after Fox copyright complaint  —  Fox News web stream and mobile app fail during GOP debate  —  If you were hoping to settle in for Thursday's second GOP debate online or in the Fox News app for iOS, you were out of luck.
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Wal-Mart Joins in Campaign to Cover Up Cosmopolitan Magazine  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is the latest retailer to cover Cosmopolitan Magazine, according to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, the organization in charge of a campaign to conceal the covers of the women's magazine.
Discussion: The Hairpin, The Hill and Fusion
Agence France-Presse:
Thai man jailed for 30 yrs for ‘insulting’ royals on Facebook  —  A Thai man was jailed for 30 years on Friday for “insulting” the monarchy on Facebook, in one of the toughest known sentences passed under the junta-ruled kingdom's draconian lese majeste law.
Discussion: Engadget and Ars Technica UK
New York Times:
Iran grants the Jewish Daily Forward newspaper a short-term reporting visa in an unusual move  —  Iran: Jewish Newspaper Was Granted Visa in Rare Move  —  Iran granted an unusual short-term reporting visa last month to the Jewish Daily Forward, one of the most widely read and respected newspapers among American Jews.
Discussion: @nytimesworld
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Ruma Paul / Reuters:
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Natalie Andrews / Wall Street Journal:
Ads on Twitter, Facebook, and Google play key role for presidential candidates; Twitter was pitching budget of $25K-$50K for campaigns for Thursday debate
Discussion: @wexler