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8:20 AM ET, October 17, 2018

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Lauren Johnson / Business Insider:
MTV partners with Bunim/Murray Productions to create three seasons of The Real World exclusively for Facebook Watch, expected to launch spring 2019  —  - Viacom's MTV Studios and Bunim/Murray Productions are co-producing three seasons of Real World specifically for Facebook Watch.
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Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Advertisers allege in suit that Facebook didn't disclose key video metric error for over a year and that scale of miscalculation was far worse than understood  —  Facebook knew of problems with how it measured viewership of video ads for more than a year before it revealed them in 2016, according to a complaint filed by advertisers.
Theodoric Meyer / Politico:
Washington Post told contributing writer Ed Rogers to stop lobbying for Saudis or stop column; his firm, BGR, dropped the kingdom as a client, losing $80K/month  —  The Washington Post told a prominent Republican lobbyist he'd lose his gig as a contributing opinion writer unless he stopped lobbying …
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Associated Press:
High-level Turkish official says police found evidence that Jamal Khashoggi was killed at Saudi consulate  —  ISTANBUL (AP) — Police searching the Saudi Consulate found evidence that Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed there, a high-level Turkish official said Tuesday …
Michael Calderone / Politico:   Craig Newmark donates $2.5M to New York Public Radio to help finance the expansion of WNYC and local news site Gothamist
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Netflix Q3: streaming revenue of $3.91B, up 36% YoY, and global membership surpassing 130M paid and 137M total; stock up 13%+ after hours  —  - Earnings per share (EPS): 89 cents vs. 68 cents estimate, according to a Refinitiv consensus estimate  —  Netflix shares soared 15 percent …
Matthew Iles / Civil:
Civil says the sale of its CVL token fails to hit its $8M goal, buyers will be offered full refunds; plans for a “simpler” token sale will be shared soon  —  A setback, and the path forward.  —  Key takeaways:  — The CVL token sale didn't succeed.
PEN America:
PEN America, along with two other organizations, sues President Trump seeking to stop him from using govt to retaliate against news outlets and journalists  —  “PEN declares for a free press and opposes arbitrary censorship.  It believes that the necessary advance of the world toward …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Report: Hulu CEO Randy Freer says the company is planning a skinny bundle aimed at “cord-shavers” and priced at less than its current $40/month service  —  Hulu wants to cater to a new crowd of pay-TV “cord-shavers” with stripped-down, less-expensive live television bundles that include sports …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Scribd and The New York Times partner to launch a dual subscription package for $12.99 per month  —  E-book service Scribd has teamed up with the New York Times for a new joint subscription offering: Subscribers of the new Scribd and New York Times bundle get unlimited access to the Times' website …
Kyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google:
YouTube says it has resolved widespread access issues that also affected YouTube TV and YouTube Music  —  Google's services are ubiquitous enough that it's pretty noteworthy when they go down.  Tonight, it seems multiple services are suffering an outage, including YouTube …
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Memo: CNN's sister channel HLN, which has struggled with ratings, will cut back on live shows, airing taped programming after 3pm weekdays starting October 29  —  HLN is drastically cutting back on its live programming, axing all shows with the exception of Morning Express with Robin Meade …
 
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The Guardian:
Facebook rolls out new rules on political ads in the UK, will provide ad library like in US but not require ads on political topics to be labeled and registered
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Chartbeat: traffic to publishers from Facebook down nearly 40% since January 2017, but direct mobile traffic to publishers websites and apps has grown 30%+
David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR CEO Jarl Mohn names Houston Chronicle Executive Editor Nancy Barnes as the network's senior vice president for news and editorial, to start on November 28
Alex Heath / Cheddar:
Source: Facebook is building a hybrid video chat/TV set-top box, internally called Ripley, which it plans to announce in Spring 2019