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7:55 AM ET, July 20, 2015


 Top News: 
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, mostly business-side execs, voted 4-2 to remove post; exec editor Tommy Craggs, chief legal counsel Heather Dietrick voted to keep it
Matthew Keys / The Desk:
How The Inquisitr was duped into publishing a fake story on a Costco birthday cake  —  A photo of a “controversial” birthday cake purportedly sold by Costco to a woman in Arizona.  (Photo: John Albrecht, Jr./Examiner)  —  A story that has circulated widely on the Internet claiming …
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Context is built into a story in The Washington Post's experimental “Knowledge Map”  —  How the Islamic State is leaving tech companies torn between free speech and security is a labyrinthine topic.  To fully understand it, readers should probably already have a good grasp on the spread …
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Amazon, Netflix, and Yahoo score record number of Emmy nominations  —  Netflix, Amazon get record Emmy nods  —  Netflix, Amazon and even Yahoo took home record numbers of Emmy Award nominations on Thursday, further validating streaming services that have become rivals to traditional television networks.
Discussion: Boston Globe, CNNMoney and Fortune
Ania Nussbaum / Wall Street Journal:
As ad revenue moves online, ad blockers struggle with the firms hired to circumvent them  —  As ad revenue moves online, ad blockers struggle with the firms hired to circumvent them  —  Last year, executives at streaming-video provider JW Player started noticing ads its clients had paid for weren't showing up on its platform.
Columbia Journalism Review:
How university foundations try to avoid public scrutiny—and what reporters can do  —  In 2012, College of DuPage President Robert Breuder paid $185 to taxidermize a cock pheasant.  He gave the bird, mounted on an oak stand, to an upscale campus restaurant, where it serves as a decorative piece.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
The New York Times' “Summer of Science” aims to make science journalism mobile-friendly and fun  —  The New York Times wants to take readers to summer science camp.  But instead of experimenting with Mentos and Diet Coke or potato guns, the Times is giving readers a closer look at Pluto …
Discussion: @jswatz and @roseveleth
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
How the rise of programmatic ad networks has deprioritized user experience for publishers  —  Why Web Pages Suck  —  John Gruber had strong words about Apple news site iMore:1 … It's that last line that should give Gruber, or anyone else complaining about crappy websites, pause.
Seth Abramovitch / Hollywood Reporter:
Felix & Paul Studios signs multiyear deal with Oculus to develop immersive VR experiences  —  Virtual Reality's Wannabe Spielbergs Ink Oculus Deal (Exclusive)  —  Who can make dinosaurs look even better than they do in 3D?  Felix & Paul Studios, which created 'Jurassic World …
Shannon Bond / Financial Times:
Mashable turns to Asia as it looks to expand international reach  —  Digital news company Mashable is to launch operations in Asia as part of an aggressive international growth plan fuelled by $31m in venture funding the business has raised in the past 16 months.
Capital New York:
Interview with executive editor Dan Roth on LinkedIn's goal to be a business publication as the company passes one million contributing writers  —  The 60-second interview: Dan Roth, executive editor of LinkedIn  —  CAPITAL: LinkedIn recently passed the one million contributing writers mark.
No more Muhammad comics, says Charlie Hebdo editor Sourisseau  —  “Charlie Hebdo” editor Laurent Sourisseau has told “Stern” magazine he will no longer draw cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.  Souriseau's statement comes six months after a deadly attack on the magazine's offices.
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
60 media workers killed in first half of this year for doing their job
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Tribune expands its Web-syndication business to video
Discussion: WWD
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
With funding from First Look Media, journalist made a humorous web news show for women, tested it for six months
Discussion: @kelidailey
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
CNN acknowledges fault in Sanjay Gupta operation story
Bloomberg Business:
Sources: Dish talks to acquire T-Mobile stall, complicated by looming spectrum auction
Discussion: Multichannel News and DSLreports
 Earlier Picks: 
Viacom Looks at Thrillist for Possible Acquisition
Discussion: @nickcicero and @mdudas
Press Association:
UK High Court quashes laws letting people lawfully copy CDs, DVDs or MP3s for personal use
Discussion: Ars Technica and BBC
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Huffington Post is going to cover Trump as entertainment, not politics