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11:25 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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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.
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 …
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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Hollywood Reporter:
Regulatory filing: Philippe Dauman's exit package from Viacom worth $72M, with $58M in severance, stock options, additional bonus for current fiscal year, more  —  The company in a regulatory filing says Paramount management will provide the Viacom board with a business update and may face more board oversight.
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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 …
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.
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) …
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.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
North Korea launches Manbang, a Roku-like streaming device and Netflix-like service for those with access to state-run internet  —  Add North Korea to the long list of folks who have tried to copy Netflix: North Koreans with access to the state-run version of the internet are now able …
 
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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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Facebook cuts off new sign-ups to traffic performance tool Domain Insights, creating a headache for new publishers
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Ad tech startup Media.net, which powers contextual ads offered by Yahoo, sells to group of Chinese investors for $900M
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
 

 
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Mariella Moon / Engadget:
X says Likes are now private for everyone, meaning users are no longer be able to see who liked someone else's post

Bloomberg:
Terraform Labs and co-founder Do Kwon agree to pay $4.47B to resolve a US SEC lawsuit, after a jury in April found them liable for fraud following a civil trial

Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Waymo updates the software on its 672 vehicles, after one unoccupied car collided with a telephone pole in Phoenix on May 21, marking Waymo's second recall ever

 
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