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9:50 AM ET, August 9, 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.
Todd C. Frankel / Washington Post:
Lawyers for detained Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian say a hearing Monday could be last one before a verdict  —  Trial of Post reporter detained in Iran may be nearing end  —  The drawn-out, closed-door trial of a Washington Post journalist detained in Iran on charges that include espionage could be nearing an end.
Discussion: Washington Post
Maria Thomas / Quartz:
India's smartphone boom is triggering a wave of podcast experiments  —  Although selling air conditioners kept Abhishek Kumar busy enough, he was still looking for a hobby.  A decade ago, a friend from college came up with the idea of bantering with Kumar and then uploading the recorded conversation …
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.
Alex Byers / Politico:
Cable firms and broadcasters face off as FCC prepares to review retransmission consent rules  —  Reckoning nears in TV's fraught relations with providers  —  If the explosion in cable cord-cutting and on-demand video has turned the steady television business into the Wild West …
Ed Sherman / Poynter:
Two-year-old app SportsManias expands the reach of print with team-centric aggregation  —  SportsManias believes it can expand reach of newspaper sports team coverage  —  Tim Stephens doesn't think newspapers are dying.  Quite the contrary, especially when it comes to sports.
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: @petersterne and The Next Web
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 …
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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
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Stephanie Kirchgaessner / Guardian:
Report finds an increase in mafia threats to journalists in Italy, with 2,060 reported between 2006 and October 2014
Ruma Paul / Reuters:
Blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh, fourth this year
Agence France-Presse:
Thai man jailed for 30 yrs for ‘insulting’ royals on Facebook
Discussion: Engadget and Ars Technica UK