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4:00 AM ET, December 22, 2018

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Will Oremus / Slate:
Facebook has forfeited our trust to the point that we see nefarious motives in any misstep, as some overblown reactions to Spotify and Netflix integrations show  —  Facebook may or may not have lost its handle on our data.  But it has definitely lost its handle on the public narrative—and the benefit of the doubt.
Washington Post:
Deep dive into why Saudis murdered Jamal Khashoggi, a moderate and patriot dissident journalist of Saudi Arabia, after failing to woo him back with promises  —  Jamal Khashoggi had been in the United States for only a few months when the forces he had fled in Saudi Arabia made clear that he would never fully escape.
Rani Molla / Recode:
More than half of top 50 shows on Netflix, by one measure, are owned by others like Disney, NBCU, and WarnerMedia, which are planning rival streaming services  —  Fortunately for the streaming giant, its own shows are popular too.  —  Many of Netflix's most popular shows are owned by companies that plan to compete with Netflix.
Discussion: @ranimolla and @alexeheath
Juliet Chung / Wall Street Journal:
Moonbug, a London-based startup that recently acquired YouTube channel Little Baby Bum, raises $145M to buy and develop more programming for kids  —  Entertainment company wants to acquire popular shows, invest in production  —  Children's entertainment company Moonbug Entertainment …
Discussion: TechCrunch, @felixcapital and Deadline
Agence France-Press:
Der Spiegel plans a special 23-page section on how award-winning reporter Claas Relotius got away with inventing sources and stories  —  German magazine calls Claas Relotius scam ‘worst thing that can happen’ to editorial team  —  The German news weekly Der Spiegel is to publish …
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Medium:
Two residents of Fergus Falls, MN, detail what Claas Relotius of Der Spiegel fabricated or got wrong when he visited to write about US rural support of Trump
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Fortnite creator faces lawsuits alleging copyright infringement for profiting off dance “emotes”, raising questions about monetizing public forms of expression  —  Epic Games' Fortnite is the biggest game on the planet right now, but one of its biggest sources of revenue …
Vox Media:
Vox Media launches Vox Video Lab on YouTube, a two-tiered video subscription program starting at $4.99 with access to Q&As, outtakes, and more from Vox creators  —  New Membership Program Launched with Support from Google News Initiative  —  Today we're happy to introduce the latest project …
Discussion: Business Insider
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Forbes Media CEO says overall revenue and profit are up 18% and 42% YoY, respectively, and that it plans to invest in or acquire one or two companies per year  —  Forbes said it just had its most profitable year since it became Forbes Media in 2006.  And now, the company …
Kaitlin Thaney / Wikimedia Foundation:
Wikimedia says Facebook, which uses Wikipedia content to provide information on article sources in the News Feed, has donated $1M to the Wikimedia Endowment  —  We are pleased to announce that Facebook, one of the world's leading social networking platforms, has given $1 million to the Wikimedia Endowment …
Discussion: VentureBeat and MediaNama
Tara John / CNN:
UK's Advertising Standards Authority announces companies will be banned from including gender stereotypes that could cause offense in ads beginning June 2019  —  London (CNN)Depictions of girls as less academic than boys or men being belittled for “unmanly” behavior will be soon be a thing of the past in British commercials.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
iflix, a Netflix-like streaming service targeting emerging markets, is selling its Africa business to concentrate on Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines  —  Iflix, the emerging market Netflix competitor that's backed by Sky, is leaving Africa to double down on its business in Asia.
 
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Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Schibsted says its video platform Stream, now used in 40 newsrooms and 30 newspapers in Norway, had 2.6B views across its videos in 2018
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Three French broadcasters, France Télévisions, M6, and TF1, have created Sygma, a common standard for buyers to access VOD inventory in hopes of reducing fraud