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6:30 PM ET, December 23, 2018

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Agence France-Press:
Der Spiegel to file criminal complaint against Claas Relotius after it emerged the reporter may have embezzled donations for subjects of one of his articles  —  Bookmark  —  BERLIN: Influential German news weekly Der Spiegel said Sunday (Dec 23) it would file a criminal complaint …
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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
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
A look at Joel Kaplan's growing sway at Facebook as he pushed against News Feed changes designed to reduce polarization, promoted The Daily Caller partnership  —  Joel Kaplan, a former White House aide to a Republican president, has emerged as Facebook's protector against allegations of political bias …
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.
Craig Newmark / Nieman Lab:
In 2019, news outlets will institute tactics to debunk lies like a “truth sandwich” in which the truth is presented before the lie, which is then fact-checked  —  Dan Gillmor has pointed out that some news outlets give considerable air time and print space to people who they know are lying …
Sophie Nicholson / Poynter:
In a year, Agence France Presse went from having one staffer on its fact-checking team to employing 20+ globally  —  In the above image, an unidentified woman takes a phone call at the headquarters of French news agency Agence France Presse (AFP), in Paris Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003.
Discussion: @poynter and @sohnic
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
Association of National Advertisers urges FTC to push for a federal law on data use for ads to pre-empt state laws that could be non-uniform and confusing  —  ANA proposes new guidelines for data privacy legislation, enforced by the FTC, to avoid state-run regulation
John Saroff / Nieman Lab:
As media outlets turn to subscribers for revenue, satisfying them will make it hard to challenge their views, forcing publishers to adopt consistent viewpoints  —  This pivot is real.  In 2018 countless creators, ranging from market leaders like The New York Times and Fox News …
Mark Mulligan / MIDiA Research:
Midia Research estimates that music industry revenue grew about 8% in 2018, down slightly from 2017's growth rate of 9%, and streaming revenue will rise 29%  —  With less than two weeks of 2018 left, the die is largely cast for the year, but we'll have to wait at least a couple more months …
Discussion: Journey Music Global
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.
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
 
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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
Discussion: VentureBeat and MediaNama
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
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
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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
Discussion: The Guardian
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