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The on-going struggle between publishers and Facebook has entered an interesting new phase: Last week Brazil's biggest newspaper, Folha, stopped publishing to Facebook, citing the platform's recent algorithm changes. The paper's main Facebook page has 5.95 million followers, and it reportedly gets about 20% of its traffic from Facebook. (Folha)

In another experiment, TV Midtvest, a broadcaster in Denmark, stopped publishing on Facebook for two weeks in January. They had a 10% decline in pageviews, but time spent went up 42%. (Digiday)

Between a drop in data costs and and increased focus on video from creators, platforms and publishers,  2018 is poised to be a watershed year for digital video in India, Splice argues. (Splice Newsroom)

Netflix is losing to Amazon and local video competitor Hotstar in India. Part of the problem? It hasn't brought down its high prices since launching two years ago and doesn't have nearly enough global hits available in its India catalog.  (Android Central)

I missed this from late last year: Monocle magazine partnered with a Thai luxury real estate developer to build a fancy apartment complex in Bangkok. As part of the deal, the Thai group made a $6M investment in Monocle, valuing the company at around $47M. (Guardian)

Digital publisher Ozy launched an ambitious new project to publish stories from every single country on Earth, one a day. Their aim is to "treat all reporting like local reporting," and they started in Argentina. (Ozy)

While much of the public conversation about fake news has focused on Facebook in the U.S., WhatsApp may show the limits that platforms have to curb the spread of misinformation on their services. Citing examples of where false rumors in India have led to needless deaths, the Economist writes, "Misinformation on WhatsApp is identified only only when it jumps onto another social-media platform, or, as in India, leads to tragic consequences." (The Economist)

Rappler and IDN Media launched a partnership in Indonesia. (Rappler)

Rogers Media ended its joint venture with Vice in Canada late last month. (Reuters)


Sweden's Aftonbladet is doing well: As Oxford's Rasmus Nielsen points out, 250k subscribers in a country of 10m people would be like having 8m subscribers in the U.S.  (@orskov)


The Wirecutter tests travel pillows: I asked i18n readers a few months ago for travel pillow recommendations, and had been planning to do some tests on your great recommendations when I start traveling again (I'm about to head out on parental leave). But the Wirecutter beat me to it, and let's be honest, their reviews are the gold standard. Anyway I'll skip to the end: They recommend the Travelrest Ultimate Memory Foam pillow. (Wirecutter)
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.

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