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6:25 PM ET, August 14, 2015


 Top News: 
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Sources: Watchable to be available on the web for Comcast subscribers and and non-subscribers, in addition to set-top-boxes, Android and iOS  —  Comcast Gets Ready to Launch Online Video Service On Its Set-Tops And the Web  —  Comcast is inching closer towards the launch of its own online video service …
Cora Lewis / BuzzFeed:
BuzzFeed Founder Jonah Peretti: “I Don't Think A Union Is Right” For Staff  —  At a company meeting on Thursday, BuzzFeed's CEO told staff that unionization “isn't something I think would be great for the company.”  —  BuzzFeed's founder and CEO Jonah Peretti has told staff …
Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
Group that includes Politico reporter Mike Elk releases a statement enumerating labor rights ahead of planned October convention  —  Group Calls for Rights for Journalists in Digital Newsrooms  —  Politico reporter Mike Elk is among the organizers of a planned conference on journo rights.
William Branigin / Washington Post:
U.N. human rights experts call for ‘immediate release’ of Post's Jason Rezaian  —  U.N. human rights experts expressed grave concern Friday about Iran's continued detention of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian and called on authorities in Tehran to release him immediately.
Discussion: @postbaron, Poynter and @katz
Miranda Ward / mUmBRELLA:
News Corp CEO lashes Google for piracy, zealotry and kleptocracy at Lowy Institute event  —  News Corp CEO Robert Thomson has accused Google of “piracy, zealotry and kleptocracy”, labelled LinkedIn a “pretender” and described the redistribution of content created by journalists as “unnatural”.
James Bradshaw / Globe and Mail:
Woodbridge, private holding company of Thomson family, takes full ownership of Globe and Mail, buying BCE's remaining 15% stake  —  Woodbridge buys BCE's 15% stake in The Globe and Mail  —  The Woodbridge Co. Ltd. has taken full ownership of The Globe and Mail, acquiring the 15 per cent stake …
Discussion: @curryb and @craigsilverman
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Saudi Arabia to require online media to have commercial registration and office space, while editors-in-chief need college degrees and Saudi citizenship  —  Saudi Arabia announces more restrictions on online media  —  The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns new restrictions …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Maker Studios' integration with Disney hits a few snags over missed performance targets; CEO Ynon Kreiz other other top execs may leave Disney at end of year  —  Disney and Maker Studios' Big Deal May Be Smaller Than They Thought  —  It looks like the honeymoon is over for Disney and Maker Studios.
Julie Makinen / Los Angeles Times:
Mongolia has 3M inhabitants, 138 TV stations, 111 newspapers, 90 magazines, and 72 radio stations  —  Mongolia is awash in media choices with even a remote yurt hooked up to 60 channels  —  Deep in a desolate, rocky canyon, about 10 miles from the nearest paved road and even farther from any power line …
Discussion: @juliemaklat, @latimes and @gbaterdene
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
Turner Broadcasting acquires majority stake in online video company iStreamPlanet for nearly $200M  —  Time Warner's Turner Cable Unit Acquires Majority Stake In iStreamPlanet  —  Time Warner Inc.'s Turner Broadcasting cable unit said it has acquired a majority stake in online video specialist iStreamPlanet …
Ruma Paul / Reuters:
Bangladesh says arrests two Islamists over killing of secularist blogger  —  Bangladesh police said on Thursday they had arrested two members of a banned Islamist group for alleged involvement in the killing of a blogger, the latest attack on critics of religious extremism in the Muslim-majority nation.
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