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3:45 PM ET, October 16, 2018


 Top News: 
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Fox Business remains the last American media partner at Saudi Arabia business conference, after the NYT, CNN, CNBC, and others withdrew  —  A rep for Fox Business told TheWrap that the network's participation in the conference remained “under review”  —  Fox Business stands increasingly alone …
State Department says Mike Pompeo used meeting with King Salman to thank him for commitment to “thorough, transparent investigation” into Khashoggi case  —  Pressure is growing on Saudi Arabia to explain the fate of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met King Salman in Riyadh.
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Report: 55% of cable consumers say they're confused by streaming options, with 30% saying they would cut the cord if they could livestream sports, events, news  —  Telaria, Adobe say consumers find OTT confusing  —  While the TV business already has seen an alarming number of consumers …
Discussion: MediaPost and Adweek
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  —  Facebook is developing hardware for the TV, Cheddar has learned.  —  The world's largest social network is building a camera-equipped device that sits atop …
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 …
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.
John McCarthy / The Drum:
UK-based Facebook publisher Unilad has been sold to its rival LadBible, forming the “largest social media publisher ever” with a combined 120M followers  —  After two weeks of heated legal action, bidding, internal strife and uncertainty at Unilad, The Drum can now confirm …
Discussion: @johngeemccarthy
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  —  The New York attorney general subpoenaed more than a dozen telecommunications trade groups, lobbying contractors and Washington advocacy organizations …
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  —  With four new live specials on HBO, the guys behind Crooked Media are expanding the reach of ‘Pod Save America.’  —  HOLLYWOOD, California—"Like the new place?"
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  —  NPR CEO Jarl Mohn has named Nancy Barnes, a veteran newspaper editor, as the network's permanent chief news executive, NPR announced Tuesday.
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