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10:50 AM ET, July 27, 2015


 Top News: 
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.
William M. Arkin / @warkin:
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  —  Nick Denton: Gawker to search for new top staff and draw up editorial code  —  Media group's founder says it is to begin ‘a real, civil dialogue’ in the wake …
Discussion: Observer
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.
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.
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.
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  —  Ten editors of the website Bustle crammed into founder and CEO Bryan Goldberg's empty office on a recent Friday afternoon for a weekly meeting.
Discussion: @maura, @zeejab and @kbsmoke
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
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: @gracehood
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 …
Discussion: @seldeeb and @benmullin
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.
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.
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.
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube offers money and help to top creators to ward off online video rivals like Facebook
Discussion: @howardlindzon
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
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Discussion: @ben_hr
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