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2:35 PM ET, October 17, 2018

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New York Times:
Three of the suspects in the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi have links to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's security detail  —  ISTANBUL — One of the suspects identified by Turkey in the disappearance of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi was a frequent companion of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman …
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David Hearst / Middle East Eye:
Source who listened to the audio recording of Jamal Khashoggi's final moments says he was not interrogated but tortured for seven minutes before dying  —  Middle East Eye publishes first details of audio tape acquired by Turkish investigators probing what happened to Saudi journalist
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 …
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.
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  —  THE WASHINGTON POST EDITORIAL BOARD posed a good question Tuesday night: “Why is the Trump administration cleaning up Saudi Arabia's mess?”
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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
In the last year, Craig Newmark has donated $50M to news outlets and a journalism school, mostly centred in NY which he says he will continue to focus on  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Craig Newmark, so often accused of destroying journalism, is now doing his best to revive it.
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.
Southpaw / @nycsouthpaw:
Prosecutors believe arrested Treasury employee Natalie Edwards was a source for BuzzFeed News  —  Based on quotes from articles that are included in the complaint, the prosecutors believe this person was a source for BuzzFeed News. https://www.justice.gov/...
Discussion: @perlberg
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Dan Mangan / CNBC:
US Treasury employee Natalie Edwards has been arrested for allegedly leaking reports to a journalist about financial transactions of Paul Manafort and others  —  - A U.S. Treasury employee has been arrested and charged with leaking to a reporter multple reports about suspicious financial …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Wall Street Journal:
Profile of Kris Goldsmith, an Army veteran who catalogues questionable Facebook Pages, some with millions of followers and links to Russia and Iran  —  Kris Goldsmith has become the cybersleuth for the Vietnam Veterans of America, hunting fake Facebook pages that sow discord and often have roots overseas
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 …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Tastemade, the lifestyle and food digital studio and network, raises $35M Series E from investors including Amazon and Liberty Media  —  Tastemade, the lifestyle and food digital-media network and studio, closed $35 million in Series E funding, with ecommerce giant Amazon joining the mix for the latest round.
Discussion: MediaPost and The Wrap
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Arizona ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio is suing The New York Times and its editorial board member Michelle Cottle for $147.5M in damages over an opinion piece  —  Joe Arpaio, the controversial former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, has filed a libel suit against The New York Times and a member of its editorial board.
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Week
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Nate Silver says media understanding of probabilities is “very poor” ahead of midterms, and is reminiscent of coverage during 2016 elections  —  NEW YORK — After the roller-coaster ride of 2016's election night, have journalists and political junkies learned not to let conventional wisdom substitute for hard knowledge?
Discussion: The Week
 
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Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Profile of Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes, who has emerged as a right-wing pundit, appearing on Fox News, while leading a group involved in violent clashes
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Social music startup Smule raises $20M from the VC arm of Indian media conglomerate The Times Group, after raising $54M in May 2017
Kaitlin Thaney / Wikimedia Foundation:
George Soros donates $2M to the Wikimedia Endowment, which has raised more than $26.5M since its launch in January 2016
Discussion: @mepadraigreidy
Kyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google:
YouTube says it has resolved widespread access issues that also affected YouTube TV and YouTube Music
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it will demote links in the News Feed to websites that illicitly scrape and republish content from other sources with little or no modification
Discussion: Engadget
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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
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
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
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
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Source: NY AG subpoenas 14 trade groups, businesses, and advocacy organizations over its investigation into fake net neutrality comments on FCC website
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
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
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