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12:25 AM 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 …
Will Oremus / Slate:
Peter Thiel's secret war against Gawker proves Silicon Valley needs a Valleywag to hold its powerful accountable  —  Peter Thiel's misguided, secret war against Gawker Media proves it.  —  Peter Thiel, the billionaire venture capitalist and Facebook board member who co-founded PayPal and Palantir …
Nick Denton / Gawker:
Nick Denton challenges Peter Thiel to a public debate in open letter, says decade-long campaign by Thiel is out of proportion, asks about ultimate intent  —  Nearly a decade ago, after you had opened up to friends and colleagues, a gay writer for Gawker shared an item with the readers of Valleywag …
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.
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 …
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
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
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
David Weigel / Washington Post:
How The Young Turks grew subscribers by 75% since the start of 2015, to 3M on YouTube, by taking Bernie Sanders seriously and attacking corporate media  —  LOS ANGELES — On Tuesday, at a rally in Orange County, Sen. Bernie Sanders finally learned how to pronounce Cenk Uygur's name.
Discussion: @thestalwart and FishbowlNY
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Bankruptcy judge forbids Netflix from streaming Relativity Media movies ahead of theatrical release  —  Relativity Media wins the latest round in a bitter battle with its successful reorganization at stake.  —  Relativity Media can breathe a sigh of relief.
Inside the decline of digital media pioneer, from changes in political coverage to financial failures  —  How a digital trailblazer and progressive powerhouse lost its way.  —  A Facebook page dedicated to celebrating the 20th anniversary of digital media pioneer Salon is functioning as a crowdsourced eulogy.
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Nexstar to sell five stations to meet FCC requirements for merger with Media General
David Prestipino / WA Today:
Seven West Media to buy News Corp's Australian properties, The Sunday Times and PerthNow
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60 Minutes Australia producer fired over Lebanon child kidnapping story that landed children's mother and television crew in jail
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