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12:00 AM ET, October 19, 2018

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NBC News:
Source: Twitter suspended hundreds of accounts for violating spam rules; the accounts had posted pro-Saudi Arabia tweets about the disappearance of Khashoggi  —  Twitter became aware of some of the bots on Thursday when NBC News presented the company with evidence of coordinated activity.
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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.”
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
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
As Facebook promotes its “war room” and efforts to fight interference, a study of disinformation on WhatsApp during Brazil's election shows more could be done  —  Corporation shows off room of engineers, data scientists and other experts but offers reporters few new specifics
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New York Times:
Former FBI agent Terry Albury sentenced to 48 months after guilty plea for leaking documents linked to stories in The Intercept  —  WASHINGTON — By the time Terry J. Albury arrived in Minneapolis in 2012, about 11 years after he went to work for the F.B.I., he had grown increasingly convinced …
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Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
At a rally in Montana, Trump praised Greg Gianforte for assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs during Gianforte's campaign for Congress in 2017  —  President's comments at Montana rally in praise of violence against US journalist come amid international outcry over Khashoggi  —  Play Video
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
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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
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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Jon Levine / The Wrap:
NYT defends its Gavin McInnes profile, saying that it was written in response to events in the news and addressed “his racist, sexist and xenophobic comments”  —  “We disagree with the main points of criticism,” paper says after accusations that it glossed over key details of McInnes' history
Reuters:
Spotify acquires minority stake in DistroKid, a music distributor used by independent artists, enabling those using Spotify for Artists to distribute elsewhere  —  NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Music streaming service Spotify said on Wednesday it had taken a stake in DistroKid …
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 …
 
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Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Penguin Random House is merging two of its units, Random House and Crown Publishing Group; Gina Centrello will lead the combined division
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Jason Miller adds a co-host of the Chapo Trap House podcast to suit against Gizmodo Media Group because of the co-host's tweet calling Miller a “baby killer”
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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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
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
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Tastemade, the lifestyle and food digital studio and network, raises $35M Series E from investors including Amazon and Liberty Media
Discussion: Wall Street Journal