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3:45 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
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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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.
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
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
Discussion: Talking Biz News
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
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  —  For an hour or so, he railed about socialism and political correctness to an audience of New York establishment Republicans.
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  —  A competitive race in Virginia's 10th Congressional District has an alarming new element: anonymous attack ads on Facebook.
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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 …
 
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Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
86 people have filed complaints against BetterHelp, a therapy app promoted by YouTubers with referral links; most YouTubers have put partnerships on hold
Discussion: @adriennelaf
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
Discussion: The Week
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
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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
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