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Thanks to everyone who expressed interest in meeting up in NYC -- more soon. And I'll be in Sydney in a few weeks; please reach out if you'll be there, would love to meet up!

LINKS:

HuffPost has ended its joint venture with the Times of India. This long report from Medianama, based in Delhi, goes into a lot of detail into how the partnership fell apart. tl;dr: As a colleague said to me, "joint ventures are hard." (Medianama, h/t Dan Glassman)

Facebook's News Feed experiment has had a huge impact on publishers around the globe. Last week, Facebook acknowledged they're conducting a test in certain countries where all publisher links have been moved into the Explore tab on the platform, out of the News Feed. A Slovakian journalist said he saw reach on Facebook drop two-thirds overnight. In Cambodia, the co-founder of the BuzzFeed-like site Khmerload said, "Our Facebook reach has dropped significantly, but interestingly, our traffic from Facebook is still strong." (Mumbrella)

India surpassed the US to become the world's second-largest smartphone market. Only China is bigger. (TechCrunch)

"I don't believe that advertising offers any real future for funding journalism." A particularly bleak panel at a recent Harvard Business School conference on the future of advertising and publishing included the above quote, and a long discussion on whether European-style media regulation is the way forward for media in America. (Nieman Lab)

Forbes just launched a new edition in Italy. Forbes Italia debuted on newsstands and online last week, with a mix of original Italian content and stories taken from Forbes globally. (Engage)

TRAVEL:

The Wirecutter on carry-ons: As I've traveled the globe for work over the last four years, I've gone almost exclusively with a variety of travel backpacks. In their write-up on carry-on travel backpacks -- their top pick, the Tortuga Outbreaker, is featured in the image above -- the Wirecutter sums up why they're better than wheeled luggage: "Wheels, retractable handles, and frames detract from precious packing space, add weight, and become difficult to manage on busy city streets. So long as you have the strength and fortitude to schlep it on your back or across your shoulder, a wheel-less carry-on bag allows you to fit more stuff in the same amount of space compared with wheeled luggage (you gain about 10 liters of capacity by losing the wheels and handle)." 

I'm personally a huge fan of the bags that Tom Bihn makes, though recently I've been using the custom BuzzFeed Stone & Cloth bag based on the Lucas model we got as a company holiday gift a few years ago. (Wirecutter)
i18n:
A semi-regular roundup of links, images and other HTML of note about trends and ideas in global digital media, put together by Scott Lamb.

About the name:
i18n is a numeronym, per Wikipedia, "where 18 stands for the number of letters between the first i and the last n in the word 'internationalization.'"
 
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