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1:40 AM ET, July 28, 2015


 Top News: 
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
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
Gus Lubin / Tech Insider:
Business Insider launches new tech site, Tech Insider, with original reporting by 30+ journalists on tech, science, innovation, culture  —  Welcome to Tech Insider!  —  There has never been a better time to be alive.  —  Contrary to what you might have heard, people are healthier, safer, happier, and smarter than ever.
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Alex Blumberg, CEO of Gimlet, talks about his business model, podcasts, memberships, and more  —  Gimlet wants to become the “HBO of podcasting” — here's what its founder's learned trying to get there  —  Last summer, radio reporter Alex Blumberg made a decision that, by his own admission, was “crazy.”
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: @kjblank80 and @gracehood
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 …
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.
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 …
Noah Kulwin / Re/code:
Reddit Head of Community Jessica Moreno has left company two weeks after content policy change  —  Two Weeks After Content Policy Update, Reddit's Head of Community, Jessica Moreno, Has Left the Company  —  Reddit's head of community, Jessica Moreno, has left the company.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Smoking Gun: MPAA Emails Reveal Plan To Run Anti-Google Smear Campaign Via Today Show And WSJ  —  If you talk to the reporters who work for various big media companies, they insist that they have true editorial independence from the business side of their companies.
Sage Lazzaro / The New York Observer:
Vice's female-focused channel, Broadly, sets Aug. 3 launch date, releases promo video  —  Vice Drops Promo Video, Launch Date for New Female-Focused Channel ‘Broadly’  —  The site will begin covering women's news full-time August 3  —  The opening scene in the content tease video just released for Broadly.
Discussion: Business Insider
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 …
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.
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: The Verge, TVNewser, @alroker and @bristei
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Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:
Medium updates rules to suppress harassment and revenge porn
Discussion: Medium and The Next Web
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Netflix still has 5.3M DVD subscribers, generating hundreds of millions in profit a year
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
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Nate Silver Takes Shot at Vox for Aggregating NYMag's Cosby Story
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Khari Johnson / Through the Cracks:
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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