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4:10 PM ET, December 22, 2018


 Top News: 
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
The Guardian:
Russia's media regulator says it will review whether the BBC is in compliance with Russian law in a retaliatory move after Ofcom in the UK censured Russia's RT  —  Retaliatory move comes after UK watchdog found network RT broke impartiality rules  —  Russia's media regulator has said it will carry …
Discussion: @ksenijapavlovic, BBC and Telegraph
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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Zia Weise / Politico:
A look at fact-checking efforts in Turkey, where little independent media remains and the government itself is often the source of false information
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
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
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Q&A with Guardian CRO Hamish Nicklin on Martin Sorrell's S4, long-term effects of GDPR, the Rubicon settlement, and the growth of premium programmatic ads
 Earlier Picks: 
Ilana Kaplan / Digiday:
Q&A with NYT CEO Mark Thompson on podcasting plans, subscription strategy for 2019 after reaching 4M subs in 2018, and its “cordial” relationship with Facebook
Washington Post:
Ex-Senate staffer James Wolfe gets two months in prison for lying to FBI; he had been linked to a NYT reporter after DOJ seized her phone and email records
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Times Square News Year's Eve will officially celebrate journalists and press freedom; the event's official charity will be the Committee to Protect Journalists
Roy Greenslade / The Guardian:
National Union of Journalists files complaint with UK regulator IPSO against Newsquest for posting a story about a staff strike with no quotes from the union