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9:40 AM ET, August 10, 2015


 Top News: 
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 …
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.
Discussion: @gregfromparis, @roter and @mattrhodes
Geir Moulson / Associated Press:
German prosecutors drop treason probe against journalists  —  3 photos  —  BERLIN (AP) — German federal prosecutors on Monday dropped a much-criticized treason investigation of two journalists who had reported on secret plans to expand online surveillance in Germany.
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
Brian Murphy / Washington Post:
Detained Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian's final hearing held in Iran, verdict could come within a week  —  Lawyer: Iran court holds final hearing for detained Post journalist  —  An Iranian court held its final hearing Monday in the trial of a Washington Post journalist facing …
Mark Scott / New York Times:
Ad-blocking regularly used by 200M people worldwide, will lead to $22B of lost ad revenue this year  —  Study of Ad-Blocking Software Suggests Wide Use  —  Guillermo Beltrà spends a lot of time surfing the web.  —  Yet like many avid Internet users, Mr. Beltrà hates …
Callum Borchers /
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: FishbowlNY
David Barstow / New York Times:
India accused three TV networks of violating broadcasting regulations by showing interviews critical of a hanging  —  India Warns TV Stations Over Criticism of Hanging  —  NEW DELHI — India's government on Friday accused three television networks of violating broadcasting regulations …
Glenn Peoples / Billboard:
How Spotify used home page takeovers and playlists to help certain tracks top its global chart  —  What Happens When Spotify Gets Behind an Artist?  A Case Study of Hozier and Major Lazer  —  Streaming has quickly become the way much of the world listens — and its also becoming a path to the stratosphere for artists.
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 …
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.
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? …
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Report establishes new formula for evaluating quality of local news
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
The New Yorker has expanded its video team from 2 to 4 as views are up 294% year-to-date
Discussion: @digiday
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Limit the Number of Ways Brands Can Buy YouTube Ads
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
The Intercept is developing editorial standards for using anonymous sources
Discussion: @petersterne and The Next Web
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Writers at Vice Media vote to unionize by joining Writers Guild of America East