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6:30 AM ET, July 27, 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.
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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 …
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
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Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube offers money and help to top creators to ward off online video rivals like Facebook
Discussion: @howardlindzon
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 …
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
Newspapers continue backward thinking about linking  —  I remain an optimist that newspapers aren't dying.  But if they die, the cause of death will be suicide, not that the evil Internet killed them.  —  Hyperlinks are not a matter of life or death, even in the digital age.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Chernin Group, AT&T Invest in Digital Film Studio Supergravity  —  Otter Media, the digital-video joint venture of Chernin Group and AT&T, has taken a minority equity stake in Supergravity Pictures and also cut a co-production deal with the fledgling studio for future film projects.
Jack Murtha / Columbia Journalism Review:
Controlled town hall Q&As on Facebook aren't replacements for press access to candidates  —  874 WORDS  —  Hillary Clinton's question-and-answer session on Facebook this week received ample press, both positive (she's communicating directly with voters!) and negative (this is about show, not substance).
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.
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.
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.
Bill Mickey / Folio:
Survey: Digital Magazines Still Not a Break-Out Platform  —  Digital publishing consultancy Mequoda Group has released the results of its third Digital Magazine Market Study.  This year, the firm tripled its sample size to 3,642 U.S. adults and backed off the tablet-specific demo they used …
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
 
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Quietly Acquired Germany's Media Group One For $23M In Q1
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
New York Times walks back article that falsely reported government officials sought criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of email