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12:35 PM ET, August 18, 2015

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Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
How The Skimm's passionate readership helped its newsletter grow to 1.5 million subscribers  —  To hear Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin tell it, when they launched their email newsletter The Skimm three years ago, they had no plan for creating an engaged community around it.
Discussion: @mathewi, @justinnxt and @rafat
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Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
CNN International, BBC, CNBC didn't make clear that some programs were sponsored by NGOs, foreign governments, charities, says UK watchdog Ofcom  —  BBC World News, CNN International and CNBC broke sponsorship rules  —  News channels failed to make it clear that some current affairs programmes …
Joe Sutherland / Wikimedia blog:
Study of how Wikipedia responds to breaking news, including speed of editing, use of sources, and range of contributors based on a sample story  —  How Wikipedia responds to breaking news  —  Wikipedia is capable of covering news like any news agency.  Photo by Kai Mörk, freely licensed under CC BY 3.0 (Germany).
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix increases standard monthly subscription in Europe from €8.99 to €9.99  —  Netflix Raises Subscription Price in Europe  —  In order to “continue providing good series and films,” the streaming service increases its standard monthly subscription to just over $11.
Latin American Herald Tribune:
Over 500 writers from around the world sign letter urging Mexico's president to end violence against press  —  Writers Call on Mexico's President to End Violence against Press  —  MEXICO CITY - A group of writers and artists from around the world, including Britain's Salman Rushdie …
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
TV to get $10B in political ad spending during 2015-16 elections, digital to top $1B  —  Political Ad Spending to Hit $11.4B in 2016  —  TV gets bulk of political dollars, but digital will top $1B, according to Borrell forecast  —  Political advertising is expected to reach a record $11.4 billion …
Discussion: Ad Age and NetNewsCheck Latest
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
New Dr. Dre album with 25M streams in first week, nearly 500K downloads through iTunes, serves as test for Apple Music  —  New Dr. Dre Album Serves as a Test for Apple Music  —  When Apple introduced its new streaming service, Apple Music, at the end of June, one of the big questions hanging …
Magdy Samaan / Telegraph:
Egypt approves anti-terror law to fine journalists for ‘false’ reporting on attacks  —  Critics say the controversial law would stifle press freedom in Egypt and risk shutting down smaller newspapers  —  The Egyptian government has granted itself sweeping powers to combat terrorism …
Raymond Snoddy / Mediatel:
New book, The BBC Today: Future Uncertain, reveals insider details behind BBC's negotiations with government over cuts  —  Revealed: the botched affair between government and the BBC  —  Last month's negotiations between the government and the BBC were far more intense and potentially malign …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Six weeks into adoption of paywall plus pay-per-article model, Winnipeg Free Press has about 1,300 readers using system; overall web traffic is down 30%  —  Six weeks into its micropayment strategy, The Winnipeg Free Press preps for a “slow building process”  —  Fair or not, Winnipeggers have a reputation for being frugal.
Discussion: @jcstearns, Poynter and @jbenton
Mdlina Ciobanu / Journalism.co.uk:
Paul Smalera, ideas editor at Quartz, talks about getting started in journalism, favorite tools, key skills  —  ‘We are all internet reporters now’ - Q&A with Paul Smalera  —  Paul Smalera, ideas editor at Quartz, shares how he got into journalism and his advice for those starting out in the industry
Discussion: Talking Biz News
 
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
MPAA drops demand for injunction against MovieTube after Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr request to file amicus brief
Discussion: Techdirt and Variety
Frances Perraudin / Guardian:
UK-produced music videos from major labels on YouTube and Vevo will get age ratings under agreement between labels and British Board of Film Classification
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
The Times-Picayune, Heroic During Hurricane Katrina, Braces For More Cuts As 10th Anniversary Nears
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Bloomberg Business:
Sources: French music-streaming service Deezer is seeking funds at about €1B valuation, roughly $1.1B
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Nathan McAlone / Business Insider:
Facebook revamps ‘Notes’ to be your next blogging platform
Discussion: The Verge, Fortune, Wired and @davewiner