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10:35 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.
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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 …
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 …
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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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.
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 …
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 …
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  —  The billionaire investor and noted philanthropist is giving $2 million to the Wikimedia Endowment.  —  We are pleased to announce a $2 million gift to the Wikimedia Endowment …
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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
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
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
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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
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Hosts of Pod Save America talk about their HBO specials for midterms and Crooked Media's role as a smart, entertaining, media company on the left
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