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9:05 AM ET, August 23, 2016

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Tom Scocca / Gawker:
How Peter Thiel's covert bankrolling of Hulk Hogan's lawsuit effectively gaslighted Gawker's business and editorial sides  —  A lie with a billion dollars behind it is stronger than the truth.  Peter Thiel has shut down Gawker.com.  —  This is the final act in what Thiel wished to present …
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Nick Denton / Gawker:
Nick Denton's farewell post, detailing the rise and fall of Gawker, as the site shuts down today  —  Gawker.com is shutting down today, Monday 22nd August, 2016, some 13 years after it began and two days before the end of my forties.  It is the end of an era.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Melania Trump takes legal action against Daily Mail for defamation; Charles Harder, her attorney, represented Hulk Hogan in Gawker case  —  Melania Trump has started legal action against the Daily Mail and other outlets for what she claims is a defamatory article about her past.
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Sources: Time Inc. is facing new round of cuts across its US titles, including Don Banks of Sports Illustrated; one source says it's around 40 editorial staff  —  THE TRUMPINGTON POST CHANNEL?  — The drumbeat about whether Donald Trump is planning to start his own media operation after Nov. 8 is getting louder.
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
The New York Times has begun recruiting journalists for newsrooms in Canada, Australia  —  NYT FOR CANUCKS, AUSSIES — Morning Media has learned that the next two places The New York Times is targeting for expansion are Canada and Australia.  The company has already dispatched research teams …
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Jim Dwyer / New York Times:
Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros sues Fox, claiming executives punished her for complaining about sexual harassment by Ailes  —  Andrea Tantaros, a former Fox News host, charged in a lawsuit filed Monday that top executives at the network, including the man who replaced Roger Ailes …
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Lucy Westcott / Newsweek:
Women journalists share their stories of sexual harassment in the media industry  —  Clara Rollins was an 18-year-old photography intern at a newspaper in the southeastern United States when a section editor asked her if she'd ever had sex.  —  The editor sent Rollins (not her real name) …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Sean Hannity, with a primetime Fox audience of 2.5M, veers into the role of Trump adviser, says he “never claimed to be a journalist”
Associated Press:
Wikileaks published sensitive personal data, including the names of two teen rape survivors and the address of a man arrested for being gay in Saudi Arabia  —  CAIRO (AP) — WikiLeaks' global crusade to expose government secrets is causing collateral damage to the privacy of hundreds of innocent people …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
The New York Times has created a newsroom-wide team to cover race, with a biweekly newsletter, forthcoming multimedia projects, more  —  More than a decade ago, The New York Times won a Pulitzer Prize for “How Race is Lived In America,” a series of stories exploring attitudes toward race across the United States.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Amazon hopes to launch unlimited, ad-free, $4-$5/month Echo-only music streaming service in September, has yet to finalize deals with labels  —  Spotify, Apple Music and everyone else cost $10 a month.  Amazon wants to charge half of that.  —  Amazon wants to launch …
 
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Chris Buckley / New York Times:
Staff shakeup at liberal Chinese history magazine Yanhuang Chunqiu opens door to party hard-line writers
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David Ferguson / Raw Story:
CNN's Trump commentator Corey Lewandowski is still being paid by the presidential candidate's campaign, received $20K in July while working for the network
Liz Spayd / New York Times:
The New York Times should pause in its rush to Facebook Live video and reinstitute its traditional standards of quality control