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7:35 PM ET, July 6, 2015


 Top News: 
Ellen Pao / Redddit:
Ellen Pao apologizes again, announces new role of Moderator Advocate to be moderators' contact with Reddit, pledges improvements to mod tools  —  We apologize  —  We screwed up.  Not just on July 2, but also over the past several years.  We haven't communicated well …
Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
AJ Daulerio to relaunch Ratter as tabloid site with focus on commentaries and essays, aims to build new Gawker  —  A.J. Daulerio readies Ratter 2.0  —  When he was launching the digital media enterprise Ratter last year, former Gawker editor A.J. Daulerio envisioned a network of local tabloid blogs …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and @felixsalmon
Edmund Lee / Re/code:
Hulk Hogan Sex Trial Against Gawker to Hear New Court Date in October
Discussion: Poynter and Guardian
Madeline Welsh / Nieman Lab:
The New York Times is publishing on WhatsApp for the first time, covering Pope Francis  —  That unique confluence of New York Times readers, pope watchers, and WhatsApp users must have been excited on a recent June morning when The New York Times announced it would be experimenting …
Discussion: Business Insider
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Verge turns off comments for a bit because tone was getting a little too aggressive and negative  —  We're turning comments off for a bit  —  From the very start, community has been at the heart of The Verge — we are unique among almost every major media brand of our size in having a vocal …
Discussion: @saramorrison, @cshbell and Poynter
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
UK high court weighs whether GQ piece by Michael Wolff created substantial risk that News of the World phone-hacking trial would be seriously impeded  —  GQ article on phone-hacking trial was in contempt of court, judges told  —  High court considering whether piece by US journalist Michael …
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
After 80 per cent circulation drop in ten years, NME print edition to go free  —  NME is to be made into a free weekly magazine from 18 September, publisher Time Inc. has announced.  —  According to ABC, the music magazine - which current costs £2.60 - recorded an average weekly circulation of 15,384 in the second half of 2014.
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg Business:
U.S. Women's World Cup Finale on Fox Sets Soccer Ratings Record  —  The Women's World Cup final between the U.S. and Japan drew a record U.S. audience for a soccer game carried by a single network, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings released by Fox.  —  An estimated 15.2 percent …
Wall Street Journal:
German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 and Axel Springer in early stages of merger talks, could face antitrust hurdles  —  German Media Giants in Merger Talks  —  Negotiations between ProSiebenSat.1 and Axel Springer at an early stage  —  German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 AG …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
How research (and PowerPoints) became the backbone of National Journal's membership program  —  In fall 2011, Atlantic Media chairman David Bradley wrote an memo about his career, leading right up to when he bought National Journal and The Atlantic Monthly.  It was a roadmap wrapped around …
Lebedevs have ploughed £111m into Independent, Standard and TV station  —  Russian moguls invested £18m more last year as London Live struggled to pull in audiences, latest figures reveal  —  Evgeny and Alexander Lebedev have pumped more than £111m into the Independent …
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