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Me, IRL: I'll be in Perugia next week for the International Journalism Festival (and on a panel talking about growing non-English audiences globally with very cool people from Conde Nast, the BBC and LinkedIn). If you're there and want to meet up, please let me know! Reply to this newsletter or shoot me a note, scott.lamb@gmail.com

LINKS:

HuffPost shut down its Arabic edition, HuffPost Arabi, after three years. A statement from international director Louise Roug says it was a mutual decision reached with their local partners, Intergral Media Strategies, but she didn't provide a specific reason for the shuttering. (The National)

TicToc, the 24-hour Twitter-based news service from Bloomberg, is expanding to Asia. (Mumbrella)

Business DNA is a new magazine targeting English-language readers in Afghanistan. "Security and political instability always affect everything in Afghanistan, and yet thousands of companies routinely operate here, create jobs, and generate income," says founder Murtaza Edries. "We hope to create meaningful, solutions-oriented, and positive conversations about the challenges across industries while highlighting stories from within the business community." (Nieman Lab)

The millennial-focused financial news streaming service Cheddar raised $22 million dollars in a new round of funding, and is planning to launch internationally. (Wall Street Journal)

Singapore Press Holdings, publisher of titles like Men's Health and Shape as well as a slew of newspapers across Singapore, is cutting headcount in a restructuring. (Mumbrella)

Coconuts, a BuzzFeed-ish publisher in Southeast Asia, is pivoting towards memberships. Founder Byron Perry says, "I believe this is the way forward for publishers and that not charging something might be the original sin that publishers committed." (Splice)

China's new ban on VPNs went into effect on April 1. It may leave foreign businesses with no choice but to start using one of three government-sanctioned VPNs or give up on essential web services they need to run their operations. (Nikkei)

In India, Vice is being accused of caving in to pressure after reportedly killing a story on a political activist connected to the ruling party who is gay. The writer of the story resigned after it was spiked, and reports from inside Vice India paint a picture of a news organization playing it safe to avoid offending those in power. (The Wire)

And it looks as if India will have over 500 million mobile internet users by the end of 2018. ! (Bloomberg/Quint)

CHART:

Growing global digital ad spend: The digital ad economy looks rosy for the foreseeable future, with a huge amount of growth forecast in both the U.S. and China, but also a lot of positive growth in Southeast Asia. (Axios)
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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