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6:15 PM ET, October 20, 2018


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Christine Wang / CNBC:
Saudi Arabia confirms journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed, says his death followed a fight at consulate and 18 people have been detained  —  Independent Programming Subscribe to CNBC PRO Licensing & Reprints Join the CNBC Panel Advertise With Us Closed Captioning Digital Products Privacy Policy Corrections
New York Times:
Sources: Saudis groomed a Twitter employee to spy on accounts of dissidents; he was investigated and fired in Dec. 2015 after Western intelligence warnings  —  Each morning, Jamal Khashoggi would check his phone to discover what fresh hell had been unleashed while he was sleeping.
New York Times:
Social platforms are relying on journalists as unpaid content moderators to address misinformation on their sites, even with all the tools at their disposal  —  Social platforms have a responsibility to address misinformation as a systemic problem, instead of reacting to case after case.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Some newspapers shift to variable rates for print subscribers depending on renewal history, affluence, and other variables, leading to price jumps  —  Retiree Rob Black lives in an upscale but not wildly affluent suburb of Kansas City and has subscribed to The Kansas City Star since he moved to town in 1970.
Discussion: @webster
BuzzFeed News:
Tim Cook calls for a retraction of Bloomberg's Chinese spy chip story: “There is no truth in their story about Apple. They need to do the right thing”  —  “I feel they should retract their story.  There is no truth in their story about Apple.  They need to do that right thing."
David Frum / The Atlantic:
Woodward's pro-Saudi Arabia stance exemplifies the problem with his insistence on impartiality and reliance on sources who then shape the narrative in Fear  —  The ultimate White House tell-all actually tells disturbingly little of what the American public most needs to know.  —  Staff writer at The Atlantic
Caroline Scott /
The Financial Times details a new recommendation and tracking tool that it hopes it will increase revenue by up to £1.5M per year  —  The publisher hopes Knowledge Builder could bring up to £1.5 million a year in revenue  —  “Think for a moment - what if you could somehow introduce …
Discussion: @ahmed
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Turner to shut down digital studio division Super Deluxe, cites duplication with other units of WarnerMedia  —  AT&T's pruning of WarnerMedia continues: Turner announced that it is killing off Super Deluxe, its digital studio division.  —  “Turner is proud of the unique brand Super Deluxe …
The Guardian:
Source: editorial oversight for websites branded the Independent but run by Saudi Research and Marketing Group would be limited to one “consultant editor”  —  Journalists voice concern over editorial freedom of UK news firm's Middle Eastern editions Concerns have been raised …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Sources: Vice's London office had a team working on material promoting Saudi Arabia in partnership with Saudi publishing group SRMG; deal is now under review
Sarah Sluis / AdExchanger:
Q&A with Bloomberg Media's global chief revenue officer Keith Grossman on the pub's digital media strategy, Twitter, TicToc, advertising, subscriptions, more  —  Name a trend in digital media, and Bloomberg's tried it in the past year: digital subscriptions, live events …
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
At a rally in Montana, Trump praised Greg Gianforte for assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs during Gianforte's campaign for Congress in 2017  —  President's comments at Montana rally in praise of violence against US journalist come amid international outcry over Khashoggi  —  Play Video
Nicholas Thompson / Wired:
Interview with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on free speech, filter bubbles, the chronological feed, and more  —  ON MONDAY, AT WIRED's 25th anniversary summit, I spoke with Jack Dorsey about some of the biggest questions he confronts running Twitter and Square.  How has his position on free speech evolved?
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Committee to Protect Journalists:
Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, known by her pen name Mother Mushroom, has been released from prison, will live in exile in Houston
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube announces partnership with Eventbrite to sell concert tickets on artists' video channels in US, says it now covers more than 70% of US ticketing market
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Stephen Nellis / Reuters:
SiriusXM partners with Amazon to offer trial 3-month subscriptions to Echo Dots buyers and Echo Dot speakers to people who become subscribers
Los Angeles Times:
Peter Meehan, cofounder of the defunct Lucky Peach magazine, joins the LA Times' Food staff as it expands following Jonathan Gold's death