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6:45 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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Gawker Politburo:
Gawker editorial staff condemns takedown of post outing media exec, criticizing business-side influence affecting editorial independence  —  A Statement From the Gawker Media Editorial Staff  —  Our union drive has expressed at every stage of the process that one of our core goals is to protect …
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
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.
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
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.”
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
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 …
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
Bloomberg Business:
Sources: Dish talks to acquire T-Mobile stall, complicated by looming spectrum auction  —  Dish Talks for T-Mobile Said Stalled on Structure, Valuation  —  The slow-moving Dish Network Corp. talks to acquire T-Mobile US Inc. from Deutsche Telekom AG have stalled over concerns related …
Discussion: Multichannel News, CNBC and DSLreports
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
 
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Press Association:
UK High Court quashes laws letting people lawfully copy CDs, DVDs or MP3s for personal use
Discussion: Ars Technica and BBC
Hadas Gold / Politico:
National Journal managing editor Kristin Roberts resigns amid changes
Discussion: Poynter
Susanne Ault / Variety:
Netflix Preferred Over TV Nets Across Multiple Demos, Study Finds (Chart)
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
White House reporters now circulate pool reports among themselves
Discussion: @owenthomas
Tom Odula / Associated Press:
Kenya press freedom rapidly deteriorating, rights group says
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: FCC is close to rejecting $3.3B in discounts for two Dish-backed entities related to spectrum auction earlier this year
Discussion: DSLreports and The Hill
 

 
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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The US and global partners dismantle the 911 S5 proxy botnet, “likely the world's largest botnet ever” affecting 19M+ IPs, and arrest its alleged administrator

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Google confirms the authenticity of the 2,500 pages of leaked Search documents filled with details about data the company collects

Financial Times:
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