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3:55 PM ET, August 10, 2015

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Marty Baron / Washington Post:
Martin Baron statement on conclusion of Jason Rezaian's trial in Iran  —  New statement from Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post: After just four secret hearings in 10 weeks, the sham trial of The Washington Post's Jason Rezaian has ended in Tehran, but it remains unclear even to Jason's lawyer what might happen next.
Discussion: FishbowlDC, DW.COM and New York Times
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Dan Frommer / Quartz:
Vine is a sleeping giant (while everyone is focused on Snapchat)  —  A funny thing happened to Vine, Twitter's short-form video app, after its initial buzz wore off: It kept going.  —  If you haven't checked lately, Vine, launched in early 2013, is still a thing.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
NFL signs two-year deal with Twitter to bring game highlights to the social network  —  More Football Is Coming to Your Twitter Feed, Courtesy of a New Deal With the NFL  —  Twitter has a whole lot to figure out right now, starting with basic questions like: Who should be Twitter's CEO?
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
Trinity Mirror allowed to appeal £1.2m payout to phone-hacking victims  —  Company says it wants hearing at Court of Appeal to take place ‘as soon as reasonably possible’  —  Trinity Mirror has been granted permission to appeal the £1.2m in payouts made to eight victims of phone hacking by its Mirror titles.
Discussion: Media Law Prof Blog
The New York Times Company:
James Poniewozik Joins The New York Times As Chief TV Critic  —  New York Times culture editor Danielle Mattoon announced that James Poniewozik will be joining the culture desk as chief television critic.  The full memo is below:  —  “I am delighted to announce that James Poniewozik …
Discussion: New York Times and @michaelpaulson
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Cord-Cutting Gets Ugly: U.S. Pay-TV Sector Drops 566,000 Customers in Q2  —  Cord-cutting headaches for pay TV have now progressed beyond just a dull, throbbing pain.  —  Cable, satellite and telco TV companies suffered their worst-ever quarterly subscriber declines for the three months ended June 30 …
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
MSNBC Falls for Parody North Korean Twitter Account Attacking Fox News  —  MSNBC's Morning Joe reported on a “North Korean” Twitter account that attacked Fox News and defended Donald Trump, without noting the account was just a parody.  —  Bloomberg Politics' Mark Halperin got the ball rolling …
Callum Borchers / BostonGlobe.com:
Boston magazine unveils Chinese-language edition  —  The bosses at Boston magazine have clearly been reading their own headlines.  —  Ten months after a cover story declared that Boston is “China's Town,” citing a massive influx of money from the Far East, the magazine's first Chinese-language edition is about to hit newsstands.
Discussion: Folio and FishbowlNY
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
As it grows, The Marshall Project finds plenty of partners, but fundraising is still not easy  —  The U.S. criminal justice system is in the spotlight.  Presidential candidates are speaking out on reforms without hesitation.  Each new disturbing video of a police encounter gone wrong …
David Uberti / Columbia Journalism Review:
Politico fights for talent and attention as it expands into state gov reporting and Europe while feeding its high-priced paywalled version, Politico Pro  —  Can Politico rise again?  —  The new era began as new eras typically do at Politico, with a memo.  The email flashed into staffers' inboxes …
Tom Gara / BuzzFeed:
In Arabic, The Huffington Post Takes A Stand Against Atheists, Gays, And Selfies  —  In English, the site is best known for its liberal, progressive politics and embrace of popular culture.  But its new Arabic offshoot seems to be heading in a different direction.  —  Huffington Post Arabia
Financial Times:
Pearson expected to announce sale of its stake in The Economist for £400M as early as this week, previously held unsuccessful talks with Hearst Corp  —  Pearson set to offload Economist stake for £400m  —  Pearson is expected to announce the sale of its stake in the publisher …
Discussion: Press Gazette and Seeking Alpha
 
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