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2:10 PM ET, August 7, 2015


 Top News: 
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.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Survey of communications school graduates: 17% say news has improved in last five years, biggest issue is the abundance of opinion and false information online  —  A new snapshot of the profession from 10,000 J-school grads  —  A massive survey of two generations of journalism and communications graduates …
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
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
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
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
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 …
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
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Wall Street's devaluation of TV companies could mean growth for cable bundle alternatives  —  Terrible Week for TV.  Great Week for the Future of TV.  —  This has turned into a disastrous week for TV companies.  —  If you've been waiting for the TV Of The Future to arrive, that's great news.
Ruma Paul / Reuters:
Blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh, fourth this year  —  Attackers armed with machetes killed a blogger in Bangladesh on Friday, the fourth killing of an online critic of religious extremism in the Muslim-majority country in less than six months.  —  Niloy Chatterjee, 40 …
Mădălina Ciobanu /
Washington Post partners with Genius for live annotations by readers and journalists of GOP presidential debate  —  Washington Post to let readers annotate live coverage of tonight's GOP debate  —  The newspaper is experimenting with annotation technology Genius for the first time during …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Journalists on the media beat critique Jon Stewart on his last day  —  No modern media critic has gained the prominence and influence that Jon Stewart enjoys.  By dint of his broad distribution, copious resources and acerbic wit, the “Daily Show” host has built his career by flagging missteps …
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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
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
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Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
Two-thirds of UK's Netflix and Amazon users don't watch their original shows
Discussion: mUmBRELLA and Politico