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1:15 PM ET, October 12, 2018

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Esther Wang / Jezebel:
Writer Stephen Elliott sues Moira Donegan, creator of the Shitty Media Men list, saying his inclusion on the list made him depressed and hurt his book sales  —  On Wednesday, Stephen Elliott filed a lawsuit against Moira Donegan, the creator of the Shitty Media Men list …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
After Khashoggi's disappearance, FT, CNBC, NYT, CNN, and media figures like Patrick Soon-Shiong have withdrawn from Saudi Arabia's investment conference  —  The headline on a recent story in The Post confirms the enormity of the ongoing international crisis for Saudi Arabia: “Saudis are said to have lain in wait for Jamal Khashoggi.”
Angela Watercutter / Wired:
Climate scientists are using a Fortnite channel on Twitch to discuss and disseminate information about climate change to a young audience  —  I KNOW VERY little about climate change.  I know even less about Fortnite.  And Twitch.  (Yes, I know; I should be fired.)
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Thrillist writers and editors win a minimum starting salary of $50K after 15 months of union negotiations with owner Group Nine Media  —  Thrillist writers and editors came away from the negotiating table with a raise and more in labor talks that took more than a year and included a work stoppage.
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and Variety
Washington Post:
Facebook removes 800+ US-based accounts and pages, some with 100K+ followers, that were spamming people with political messages for profit  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Thursday it has purged more than 800 U.S publishers and accounts for flooding users with politically-oriented content …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
New Yorker says its subscriptions are up, with digital only subs hitting ~167K, up 10% YoY, and the site saw 22.5M unique visitors in September, up 27% YoY  —  When past presidents and other luminaries of a more civil time in Washington turned John McCain's funeral a month ago into an elegy …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Like WaPo with Arc, Vox is licensing its publishing platform, Chorus, starting with the Chicago Sun-Times, including access to Concert, Vox's ad marketplace  —  “The joke in the industry is everybody doesn't like the CMS or they write in some other tool.”  Vox Media aims to change that punchline for other publishers.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Sensor Tower: Netflix app revenue was up ~90% YoY to ~$243.7M in Q3 across both App Store and Google Play, the highest grossing non-game mobile app worldwide  —  App spending across Apple App Store and Google Play increased 23% in third quarter, per Sensor Tower
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Tencent Music is postponing its IPO until at least November because of the selloff in global markets  —  Music streamer and underwriters worried global market selloff would hurt pricing  —  Tencent Music Entertainment Group is postponing its initial public offering until …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
News cycle intensity in the Trump era has led cable news channels to refocus their morning and afternoon programming on hard news instead of lighter fare  —  Jim Sciutto hasn't been known as much of a morning person at CNN.  Since joining the network in 2013, the national security reporter …
 
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Michael Schulman / New Yorker:
A brief look at Daniel Radcliffe's visit to The New Yorker's fact-checking department, for researching a Broadway role
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Interview with Wolfgang Blau, president of Condé Nast, on his EU meeting, the importance of machine language translation, GDPR, Facebook, Google, and more
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Social media accounts of major news organizations continue to broadcast Trump's falsehoods without clearly informing readers that they are misleading
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Politico:
Fox stops airing Trump rallies in full as they increase in frequency and ratings drop; a White House official said officials would “look into” this trend
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Washington Post fact-checks Trump's USA Today opinion piece on Medicare-For-All, finds most sentences contain a “misleading statement or falsehood”
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Civil Media has had difficulty raising money with a weak demand for its blockchain tokens and lack of major news partners
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Manhattan prosecutors charge IBT and Christian Media with defrauding lenders of ~$10M to keep Newsweek afloat