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12:35 PM ET, August 8, 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.
Jordan Valinsky / Digiday:
The final ‘Daily Show’ garners 185,000 tweets; the GOP debate 1.7 million  —  Sixteen years and nearly 2,700 episodes later, Jon Stewart signed off from the ‘Daily Show’ one final time last night.  —  Comedy Central has been promoting his last week of show with the hashtag #JonVoyage (get it? …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
The Intercept is developing editorial standards for using anonymous sources  —  More than a year after its inception, The Intercept is developing a series of editorial standards and best practices that include guidelines governing the use of anonymous sources.
Discussion: The Next Web and @petersterne
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
The New Yorker has expanded its video team from 2 to 4 as views are up 294% year-to-date  —  The New Yorker is ambitious about video, but has a long way to go  —  In the past year, The New Yorker has grown its internal video team from two to four employees, most recently with the addition …
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Limit the Number of Ways Brands Can Buy YouTube Ads  —  Google is paring down the number of ways marketers can buy ads on YouTube.  —  By the end of this year, marketers will no longer be able to purchase YouTube ads via the DoubleClick Ad Exchange (AdX), Google's automated digital ad exchange …
Darren Sands / BuzzFeed:
Instagram says it made a mistake suspending Dream Defenders' account that used a #KKKorGOP meme because of a misinterpretation of its hate speech standards  —  Instagram: It Was A Mistake To Delete Black Lives Matter Account Posting #KKKorGOP Memes  —  During the GOP debate on Thursday …
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.
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Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Wal-Mart Joins in Campaign to Cover Up Cosmopolitan Magazine
Discussion: The Hairpin, The Hill and Fusion
Ana Radelat / Ad Age:
US Senate committee, four state legislatures are considering lowering tax breaks on advertising costs
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
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Ruma Paul / Reuters:
Blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh, fourth this year
 Earlier Picks: 
Agence France-Presse:
Thai man jailed for 30 yrs for ‘insulting’ royals on Facebook
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
Discussion: @nytimesworld
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