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4:20 PM 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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Erik Wemple / @erikwemple:
After US treasury secretary pulled out of conference in Saudi Arabia, Fox Business Network follows by announcing it will cancel sponsorship and participation  —  Fox Business Network has pulled out of Saudi conference: “FOX Business Network has canceled its sponsorship and participation in the Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia. We continue to seek an interview with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.”
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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Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Publishers like Mic and Mashable do not blame Facebook's bad metrics for their pivot to video; ad revenue from video wasn't affected by video watch time  —  Allegations that Facebook misled advertisers about video viewership on its platform have rankled many in the media industry
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
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 …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Interview with Matt DeRienzo, former executive director of Local Independent Online News Publishers, now back to newspapers with Hearst Connecticut Media Group  —  In 2014, Matt DeRienzo was the editor of the New Haven (Connecticut) Register, then owned by Digital First Media, “and I was ordered to cut half of the staff in my newsroom.
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Alexander Soule / Connecticut Post:   Hearst Connecticut Media Group is acquiring several weekly newspapers from HAN Network; the Hearst group has 13 existing weeklies and manages 29 websites
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
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
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.
 
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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
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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
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
How one company spent between $1.2M and $4.6M over five months to get 45M+ impressions on Facebook political issue ads, without saying who's paying for the ads
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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