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3:35 PM ET, August 8, 2015

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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.
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Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
Jon Stewart's finale had its second highest ratings ever, 3.5M viewers, behind a 2008 show with Obama  —  TV Ratings: Jon Stewart Signs Off With 3.5 Million Viewers  —  The episode is only eclipsed by his Election Eve visit from President Obama in 2008.  —  Jon Stewart capped off …
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
Sources: European Commission failed to find evidence of collusion between Apple and major music labels to quash free music streaming services  —  EU Finds No Evidence of Apple and Music Labels Colluding to Kill Free Music  —  The European Commission failed to find evidence of collusion among …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Report establishes new formula for evaluating quality of local news  —  How do you measure the health of a local news market?  Is it the quality and size of the local daily?  The number of reporters in attendance at weekly city council meetings?  The size of the audience each outlet has?
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 …
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
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.
 
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Ana Radelat / Ad Age:
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Stephanie Kirchgaessner / Guardian:
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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