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7:00 PM ET, July 26, 2015

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Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Gawker's Future: A Conversation With Nick Denton  —  Earlier this month, the news and gossip website Gawker, a pioneer in web journalism, partly responsible for its tone and sensibility, published an article that accused a married male media executive of seeking, via text message, to pay for sex with a gay escort.
Discussion: CNN, Poynter, @clarajeffery and @felixsalmon
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Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Gawker EIC can only be hired, fired or overridden with the agreement of both the Founder and President, says Nick Denton in a new memo  —  Gawker's Denton Sends Memo to Staff Pledging Changes, Civility: ‘The Yelling Is Over’  —  Via Brian Stelter, Gawker founder Nick Denton sent a new memo …
Richard Bernstein / The New York Review of Books:
Former New York Times journalist and day-spa co-owner, says New York Times' nail salon story misrepresented classified ads, lacked proof, and overgeneralized  —  What the ‘Times’ Got Wrong About Nail Salons  —  Rarely does a newspaper story get the kind of response that The New York Times …
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube offers money and help to top creators to ward off online video rivals like Facebook  —  YouTube Creates Stars.  Can It Keep Them?  —  At VidCon, Google battles with Facebook and startups to woo ‘MyCupcakeAddiction’ and other popular online video creators  —  YouTube created a new kind of celebrity.
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Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
How production companies and marketers now support the top YouTube stars  —  The real reasons why YouTube's 5 biggest stars became millionaires  —  ANAHEIM, Calif — The top five YouTube stars have more subscribers than the population of Mexico.  Followers of their channels are double the number of all U.S. cable television viewers.
Discussion: Mashable
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Twitter is deleting stolen jokes on copyright grounds  —  Let's face it: coming up with a grade-A tweet isn't easy.  That's why some people just copy good tweets from other people and act like they came up with the 140-character witticism on their own.  This has been going on since the beginning of Twitter.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
New York Times walks back article that falsely reported government officials sought criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of email  —  New York Times changes its Hillary Clinton story again  —  The revision history of a New York Times article that originally reported government officials …
Edward C. Baig / USA Today:
CEO of AT&T Entertainment & Internet Services John Stankey, in charge of DirecTV, talks about branding, broadband, rates, and jobs  —  AT&T exec in charge of DirecTV, talks branding, rates, Net neutrality  —  AT&T's $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV was formally approved on Friday.
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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
FCC has approved AT&T's $48.5B acquisition of DirecTV with conditions, making combined firm the largest US pay TV company with 26M subscribers
Politico:
Sources: Pearson is in advanced talks to sell its 50% stake in The Economist Group  —  Pearson in talks to sell the Economist … Photo by EPA  —  Pearson in talks to sell the Economist  —  Potential buyers include Bloomberg.
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Two years after launch, Bustle has overcome initial criticism with 30M monthly unique page views and 46 full-time editorial staffers  —  How Bustle Proved the Haters Wrong  —  (Photo: Chris Sorensen/ New York Observer)  —  Ten editors of the website Bustle crammed into founder …
Discussion: @maura
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
U.K. Police Confirm Ongoing Criminal Probe of Snowden Leak Journalists  —  A secretive British police investigation focusing on journalists working with Edward Snowden's leaked documents remains ongoing two years after it was quietly launched, The Intercept can reveal.
Discussion: Techdirt and Boing Boing
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Rhapsody and Napster now have over 3M subscribers combined globally, up from 2M a year ago  —  Napster talks 3m paying subscribers, Taylor Swift and Apple Music  —  Streaming music services Rhapsody and Napster now have more than three million subscribers, up from two million a year ago.
Variety:
Variety Chief Film Critic Scott Foundas leaving publication to join Amazon Studios as a film acquisitions and development executive  —  Variety Chief Film Critic Scott Foundas to Exit for Amazon Studios  —  Scott Foundas, who has served as Variety's chief film critic for the past two years …
 
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Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Donald Trump's Wealth and Poll Numbers Complicate News Media's Coverage
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Quietly Acquired Germany's Media Group One For $23M In Q1
Discussion: @ingridlunden
 Earlier Picks: 
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Verizon's mobile video service Go90 will launch late this summer, initially for free, with full TV show episodes from select networks on tap
Caroline Bauman / Nieman Storyboard:
The Riveter, a longform journalism magazine “by women, for women”, to expand print edition to quarterly next year