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11:20 AM ET, October 18, 2018

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Jamal Khashoggi / Washington Post:
Arab governments have been given free rein to silence the media, stifling the hope from the Arab Spring and depriving people of the ability to discuss issues  —  I received this column from Jamal Khashoggi's translator and assistant the day after Jamal was reported missing in Istanbul.
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Inside The Washington Post as staffers wrestle with news about Jamal Khashoggi, the second major international incident involving a Post journalist since 2015  —  According to one staffer, the newsroom hasn't felt this galvanized since the earliest days of the Russia investigation.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
A close look at the suit against Facebook on video metrics and a look back at many statements from publishers pivoting to video as Facebook touted the medium  —  “It will probably be all video.”  —  In June 2016, Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook's VP for Europe, the Middle East and Africa …
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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.
WFTS:
E. W. Scripps acquires Triton, which provides digital audience analytics and infrastructure for delivering audio for companies like NPR and Spotify, for $150M  —  The E.W. Scripps Company  —  CINCINNATI - The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) is acquiring Triton, the global leader …
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Study: nearly 50% of US college students lack confidence recognizing fake news on social media; 36% say threat of misinformation made them trust all media less  —  It's tough out there for college students these days — especially on their news feeds.  —  According to a new media consumption study …
Discussion: @wendybrandes and Hapgood
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Kevin Roose / New York Times:
How a loophole in Facebook's political ad review system, letting verified buyers put anything in the “paid for by” field, has been weaponized in a Virginia race
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Cheddar announces 30-minute weeknight programming on CUNY TV, an independent NY station, which will start with its regular national news followed by local news  —  WeWork locations, gas stations, local broadcast stations, and now local airwaves — Cheddar, the “CNBC for millennials” …
Discussion: Techweek, Thanks:@jonsteinberg
John Ourand / SportsBusiness Daily:
Sources: Disney last week sent 150+ page bid book for Fox's 22 regional sports networks, which have been valued at $20B+ combined, to prospective bidders  —  Disney's sales process for Fox' 22 RSNs took a big step forward last week when the company sent the official bid book to prospective bidders, according to several sources.
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Dave Zohrob / Chartable:
An in-depth analysis of how the Apple Podcasts top charts are being manipulated, and how that affects the podcast ecosystem, which relies on Apple's directory  —  How did an unknown show about real estate beat out Serial, Dr. Death, and The Daily?  —  Something weird has been happening on the Apple podcast charts lately.
Amanda Darrach / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at the struggle to verify evidence in the Khashoggi case when the only sources of information have track records of political bias  —  Media gather around Saudi Arabia's consulate on October 15, 2018 (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP)  —  Since October 2, when Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist …
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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
 
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Clippers CourtVision, which uses AI and AR to enhance LA Clippers games on screen, launches Wednesday, backed by Steve Ballmer and built by Second Spectrum
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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
Margaret Atwood / The Guardian:
One year after the murder of Maltese reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia the case has stalled and questions remain; PEN international calls for public inquiry
Kyle Bradshaw / 9to5Google:
YouTube says it has resolved widespread access issues that also affected YouTube TV and YouTube Music
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