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1:50 PM ET, July 27, 2015


 Top News: 
William Turton / The Daily Dot:
New York Magazine's site is down, Twitter user claims he launched DDOS attack on it  —  Anti-NYC hacker takes New York Magazine offline  —  On Sunday night, New York Magazine released a groundbreaking new cover featuring 35 victims of alleged assault from Bill Cosby.  —  But you can't see it.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
William Arkin, founder of Gawker's national security site, first staffer to take buyout  —  William Arkin critiques Gawker story on the way out  —  William Arkin, the founder of Gawker Media's national security site, announced on Twitter Monday he is leaving the company during a round …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Gawker's Future: A Conversation With Nick Denton
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:   Gawker to announce interim editorial lead this week, start search for new senior editors, hires ex-Google exec Ian Fette as new CTO
Matthew J. Belvedere / CNBC:
Disney CEO Bob Iger says ESPN could one day be sold direct to consumers, but not within next five years  —  Disney CEO Iger: ESPN could one day be sold direct  —  Walt Disney chief Bob Iger said Monday he sees ESPN as a media property that could be eventually sold directly to consumers …
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Increasing competition on the web, pressure to break scoops led to mistakes on Clinton story  —  A Clinton Story Fraught With Inaccuracies: How It Happened and What Next?  —  The story certainly seemed like a blockbuster: A criminal investigation of Hillary Rodham Clinton by the Justice Department …
Dino Grandoni / New York Times:
Podcasts, not regulated by the FCC, are blurring the line between sponsors and stories  —  Ads for Podcasts Test the Line Between Story and Sponsor  —  For the last several months, Lisa Chow, a reporter for and co-host of “StartUp,” a podcast about starting a business, has been interviewing engineers at Ford Motor.
Discussion: Nieman Lab, @kjblank80 and @gracehood
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Newsweek hires Time's Europe editor, Matt McAllester, to oversee new EMEA edition  —  Newsweek hires Time's Europe editor  —  The competition between Time and Newsweek ain't what it used to be, but apparently there's still some fire left in the old rivalry.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Today Show co-anchor Al Roker's production company to launch three new shows about cooking on Meerkat this week  —  Al Roker Offers Forecast of TV's Future With Trio of Meerkat Programs  —  Al Roker is reaching from the solid ground of NBC's “Today” to the shakier terrain of TV's future.
Discussion: TVNewser, @alroker and @bristei
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Nate Silver Takes Shot at Vox for Aggregating NYMag's Cosby Story  —  Burn level: sabermetric. … New York released the bold and unavoidable cover last night, for a story in which all 35 of Cosby's accusers speak out, quickly capturing the attention of the Twittersphere.
Khari Johnson / Through the Cracks:
Beacon Reader launches Bounties to let readers crowdfund and choose which stories get covered  —  Readers, not journalists, decide what's news with Bounties  —  Last week Beacon Reader launched Bounties, a service that lets readers crowdfund and choose which stories get covered.
Discussion: @crowdjournalism
Washington Post:
After Arab Spring, journalism briefly flowered and then withered  —  CONTROLLING THE STORY: This is the second installment in an ongoing series examining the human cost of reporting the news around the world.  —  MANAMA, Bahrain — Just three miles from the gleaming center of town …
Sibusiso Tshabalala / Quartz:
Africa's biggest media group, Naspers, has finally apologized for its role during Apartheid  —  This past weekend, South Africa's biggest media group, Naspers, did something it should have done 19 years ago: apologize for the key role it played during Apartheid.
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
DraftKings Raises $300 Million, Promises to Spend Much of It With Fox Sports  —  Attention sports fans: Prepare to see a lot more DraftKings advertising over the next few years.  —  DraftKings, one of the top daily fantasy sports companies, has raised $300 million in new funding led by 21st Century Fox's Fox Sports unit.
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Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
Huffington Post chief vows to protect contributors to new Arabic offshoot
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
Newspapers continue backward thinking about linking
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Chernin Group, AT&T Invest in Digital Film Studio Supergravity
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Bill Mickey / Folio:
Survey: Digital Magazines Still Not a Break-Out Platform
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
U.K. Police Confirm Ongoing Criminal Probe of Snowden Leak Journalists
Discussion: @ben_hr
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
How production companies and marketers now support the top YouTube stars
Discussion: Wall Street Journal