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4:50 PM ET, July 17, 2015

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Nick Denton:
Nick Denton takes down outing post, expresses regret, and says a changing media environment and personal change were factors in the decision  —  Taking a post down  —  Yesterday evening, Gawker.com published a story about the CFO of Conde Nast texting an escort.
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J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Gawker's management team, including biz execs, chief legal counsel, voted 6-1 to remove post; exec editor Tommy Craggs voted no, editorial leadership unhappy  —  Gawker Is Removing Story About Condé Nast CFO  —  Yesterday, Gawker published a post about the CFO of Condé Nast attempting …
Adam Weinstein / Bad Journalist:
Gawker is “short of grownups in the room”, and has an editing problem, not a writing problem, says recently fired staffer Adam Weinstein  —  Goodbye to All That Gawking  —  To steal a tired line from an old dead writer: Gawker in 2013 was a very special time and place to be a part of.
Discussion: Business Insider
Yezmin Villarreal / Advocate:
Gawker Blasted for Posting a Lurid Story That Outs Executive  —  Major names in media are appalled by a Gawker story they're calling ‘gay shaming.’  —  Media figures say Gawker, owned by a gay man himself, has gone too far in outing a magazine executive in a lurid story involving a gay porn star and money for sex.
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
BuzzFeed UK hires Guardian special projects editor James Ball to focus on investigations  —  Buzzfeed hires The Guardian's special projects editor  —  Buzzfeed U.K. has hired James Ball, currently special projects editor for The Guardian, as a special correspondent with an emphasis on investigations, Capital has learned.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
In its response to defamation suit by associate dean Nicole Eramo, Rolling Stone claims that UVA vouched for alleged rape victim “Jackie”  —  Rolling Stone Argues University of Virginia Vouched for Discredited Rape Story  —  The publication responds to a $7.5 million lawsuit …
Discussion: Mediaite
Cory Bergman / Inside BreakingNews:
Breaking News app adds emerging stories alerts one to three times a day, in addition to its existing big story and proximity alerts  —  Know faster with emerging story alerts  —  We believe in news alerts that are faster, smarter and more relevant to your life and work.
Discussion: The Next Web
Re/code:
Viacom Looks at Thrillist for Possible Acquisition  —  Viacom has been in talks to buy Thrillist Media Group, the e-commerce and media company that targets millennial men.  —  Thrillist CEO Ben Lerer has been looking to sell the company or raise money for some time, and has had repeated conversations …
Discussion: @nickcicero and @mdudas
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Hulu exploring an ad-free option for about $12-$14/month, launching as early as fall  —  Hulu Explores Adding Ad-Free Option to Its Service  —  Option could launch as early as this fall and be priced at around $12 to $14 a month  —  Hulu is exploring plans to add an advertising-free option …
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
YouTube's growth rate in watch time is up over 60% year over year; average mobile watch time now over 40 minutes  —  Google claims ‘significant growth in YouTube revenues’  —  Google's latest financial results have impressed Wall Street, with the company reporting revenues of $17.7bn …
Discussion: Quartz and @fromedome
Press Association:
UK High Court quashes laws letting people lawfully copy CDs, DVDs or MP3s for personal use  —  High court quashes regulations allowing people to lawfully copy CDs  —  Move follows judge's recent ruling that government went wrong in law when it decided not to introduce compensation scheme for musicians who faced losses
Discussion: BBC
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Huffington Post is going to cover Trump as entertainment, not politics  —  The Huffington Post won't give Donald Trump's campaign for president coverage in its political section, Ryan Grim and Danny Shea wrote in a brief on Friday. … Earlier this month, Politico's Dylan Byers wrote “Donald Trump, clickbait.”
 
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
National Journal managing editor Kristin Roberts resigns amid changes
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Kenya press freedom rapidly deteriorating, rights group says
 

 
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Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Court filings show how Zuckerberg and other Meta execs played down risks to young users, while rejecting staff pleas to bolster guardrails and hire more staff

Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
How the Internet Archive plans to defend its digital lending practices as it appeals a US court's 2023 ruling; IA says it was forced to remove over 500K books

Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
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