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9:55 PM ET, May 29, 2016


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Some Silicon Valley luminaries, including Vinod Khosla and Jessica Livingston, express approval for Peter Thiel's tactics against Gawker  —  SAN FRANCISCO — After the news that one of Silicon Valley's stars secretly funded a lawsuit to bring down a gossip site, the overwhelming response …
Kevin Dugan / New York Post:
Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media is reaching out to media organizations about filing amicus briefs in support of Gawker's appeal  —  Two Silicon Valley billionaires with a history of bad blood are squaring off over Gawker.  —  Pierre Omidyar, an eBay co-founder, is leading the charge …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Thiel's funding of Hogan's Gawker lawsuit is just one of several sometimes-secret attempts by wealthy to control weakened US media  —  At first blush, the secret support that the Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel provided for Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker is a salacious yarn about money, power, gossip and revenge.
Will Oremus / Slate:
Peter Thiel's secret war against Gawker proves Silicon Valley needs a Valleywag to hold its powerful accountable
Liam Corcoran / NewsWhip:
Facebook likes for web content fell 55%, shares declined 57%, comments down 63% between July 2015 and April 2016, NewsWhip analysis of top 10 publishers shows  —  We look at the decline in Facebook engagements for major Facebook publishers over the last 12 months, and compare it to the rise of Facebook video.
Discussion: MediaShift, Thanks:@steverubel
Pew Research Center:
Pew: 62% of US adults get news on social media; 66% of Facebook, 23% of Instagram, 21% of YouTube, 19% of LinkedIn users get news there  —  A majority of U.S. adults - 62% - get news on social media, and 18% do so often, according to a new survey by Pew Research Center …
Ainsley O'Connell / Fast Company:
Inside Verizon's efforts to build a multi-billion dollar media business that can challenge new media giants like Netflix, and why it is vying to buy Yahoo  —  The telecom giant, which is in talks to acquire Yahoo, wants a piece of the digital content revolution.
Discussion: @dangillmor
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Washington Post creates progressive web app that loads pages in 80 milliseconds  —  Under the ownership of Jeff Bezos, The Washington Post has become a fount of editorial innovation.  There's Arc, The Post's home-cooked content management system that's now being sold to other news organizations.
Discussion: @robinmacnab and @jimbrady
Greg Sterling / Marketing Land:
Facebook expands Audience Network reach beyond just its users — to everyone  —  All people on Audience Network mobile sites and apps can now be targeted using familiar Facebook parameters.  —  Two years ago Facebook launched the Facebook Audience Network as part of an effort to expand …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook plans to officially kill its video ad exchange LiveRail
Discussion: Marketing Land
Biz Carson / Business Insider:
Profile of, DIY music video sharing app with 10M daily, 70M registered users, is expanding into live streaming, and is rumored to be raising $100M  —  Unless you live with a teenager, you've probably never heard of  —  If you do, then you've probably already appeared in one of your kid's music videos.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Highlights from a conversation between Andrew Sullivan and Ezra Klein on Trump, the media content bubble, journalism, more  —  Last year, Andrew Sullivan quit blogging — the medium he had done so much to create.  —  And you know what?  He was pretty damn happy about it.
Discussion: @edebourgoing
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
New York Times launches summer school for high-school students, two weeks of coursework for $4K  —  The dual challenges of sinking print readership and contracting digital ad revenue are forcing legacy publishers to ponder new ways of making money.  For The New York Times, one of those new ways is opening a summer camp.
Discussion: @austenallred and @whatthebit
Omar Mohammed / IJNet:
How Tanzanian journalists use WhatsApp to find news and contact people relevant to the story  —  In August of last year, Orton Kiishweko, a reporter with Tanzania's Daily News, stumbled upon a story making the rounds on WhatsApp, the mobile messaging app.  —  “I read from a WhatsApp group …
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
In India, a boom of digital media startups find large audiences, but face familiar business challenges  —  The opening for budding digital news ventures to get in on the potential next billion internet users in India is widening, as access to the internet and smartphone use takes off.
Discussion: Reuters Institute …
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David Weigel / Washington Post:
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Nexstar to sell five stations to meet FCC requirements for merger with Media General
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David Prestipino / WA Today:
Seven West Media to buy News Corp's Australian properties, The Sunday Times and PerthNow
Discussion: Mumbrella, ABC and Sky News
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60 Minutes Australia producer fired over Lebanon child kidnapping story that landed children's mother and television crew in jail