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7:35 PM ET, July 27, 2015

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Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Sources: Denton sought advice and possible financial backing from Mark Cuban and Pierre Omidyar as he considers diluting his financial risk in Gawker  —  Is This Nick Denton's Exit Strategy From Gawker?  —  Today the controversy-beset website moved to new offices.
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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
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 …
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 …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Snapchat Adds BuzzFeed, iHeartRadio to Discover Lineup After Dropping Yahoo, Warner Music  —  Snapchat has slotted in BuzzFeed and music-streaming service iHeartRadio to its Discover media section, after removing launch partners Yahoo and Warner Music Group from the lineup.
William Turton / The Daily Dot:
New York Magazine's site is down, Twitter user claims he launched DDOS attack on it; Update: the site is now up  —  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.
Dino Grandoni / New York Times:
Podcasts, which aren't 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
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: @alroker, The Verge, @bristei and TVNewser
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.
The Daily Dot:
Daily Dot kills comments but remains committed to interactions on social platforms; may resurrect comments later, most likely through Facebook  —  Why we're killing our comments section  —  This afternoon we put the Daily Dot's commenting system on indefinite hiatus.
Discussion: @omarg, Thanks:@dailydot
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google is splitting Google+ from all its products, starting with YouTube; Google account is all you will need to log in  —  Google+ and YouTube are finally splitting up  —  Google is officially divorcing Google+ profiles from its other, more popular services.
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.
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Netflix still has 5.3M DVD subscribers, generating hundreds of millions in profit a year  —  Netflix Refines Its DVD Business, Even as Streaming Unit Booms  —  FREMONT, Calif. — It was just past sunrise on an early-spring morning at Netflix's DVD operations here, where metallic arms whirred …
Anita Powell / Voice of America:
As Obama Visits, Rights Groups Decry Treatment of Media in Ethiopia  —  Journalist Reeyot Alemu said U.S. President Barack Obama is unlikely to see the real Ethiopia during a historic state visit to the East African powerhouse.  —  Until earlier this month, the award-winning reporter …
 
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Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:
Medium updates rules to suppress harassment and revenge porn
Discussion: Medium and The Next Web
Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:
Yahoo launches live news show with Katie Couric
Discussion: TVNewser, Yahoo and @jbenton
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
Huffington Post chief vows to protect contributors to new Arabic offshoot
Sibusiso Tshabalala / Quartz:
Africa's biggest media group, Naspers, has finally apologized for its role during Apartheid
Discussion: @lilkuo
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
Newspapers continue backward thinking about linking
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Khari Johnson / Through the Cracks:
Beacon Reader launches Bounties to let readers crowdfund and choose which stories get covered
Discussion: @crowdjournalism
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
DraftKings raises $300M at a valuation of more than $1.2B in a round led by Fox Sports, pledges to spend $250M on ads with the TV company
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Chernin Group, AT&T Invest in Digital Film Studio Supergravity
Jack Murtha / Columbia Journalism Review:
Controlled town hall Q&As on Facebook aren't replacements for press access to candidates