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Farewell, Gawker 2.0, We Barely Knew Thee
Gawker Is Dead Again

Gawker Is Dead Again

Parent company pulling the plug after a year and a half

(Newser) - Hulk Hogan and Peter Thiel get to party like it's 2016 all over again , as the recently resurrected Gawker that they stuck a $140 million fork in is apparently dead yet again after a year-and-a-half run. Bryan Goldberg, the CEO of parent company Bustle Digital Group, announced Wednesday morning...

True-Crime Genre Is Out of Control
Genre Is
Out of Control

True-Crime Genre Is Out of Control

Emma Berquist, a crime victim herself, writes that podcasts are making women paranoid

(Newser) - The murder rate is way down over the last 20 years or so, and most people who do get killed are men. You wouldn't know from the voluminous true-crime podcast genre. Show after show, often hosted by women, offer grisly recaps of cases with female victims. All of which...

Here It Is: the Gawker Relaunch
The Gawker Relaunch Is Here

The Gawker Relaunch Is Here

Site is back after almost 5 years of silence

(Newser) - Nearly five years after Gawker's death at the hands of Peter Thiel and Hulk Hogan , the divisive site is back. Bustle Digital Group purchased when Gawker Media was forced into bankruptcy due to the wrestler's lawsuit, and intended to relaunch years ago before that plan fell...

Tim Cook Makes Controversial Move About a TV Show

Media columnist Ben Smith writes that he killed a show about an old nemesis, Gawker

(Newser) - Media columnist Ben Smith of the New York Times tends to break news in his weekly column, and the latest is no exception. Smith writes that Apple CEO Tim Cook personally killed a prospective show about the now-defunct Gawker Media that was in the works for Apple TV Plus. The...

So Much for Gawker's Second Coming
So Much for Gawker's
Second Coming

So Much for Gawker's Second Coming

Bustle Digital Group on Tuesday laid off the entire new Gawker staff

(Newser) - If you were eagerly anticipating Gawker's second coming , the New York Post dished up a cold dose of reality on Tuesday. It reported that Bustle Digital Group, which the New York Times reports picked up the domain a year ago for $1.35 million, laid off the...

Gawker to Be Relaunched
Gawker Is Coming Back

Gawker Is Coming Back

CEO of Bustle Digital Group announces relaunch

(Newser) - More than two years after the death of Gawker comes news of the website's return. Bryan Goldberg, founder and CEO of Bustle Digital Group, was the winning bidder when Gawker Media's remaining assets were sold off in July after the company was sued into oblivion over its publication...

Mourning Gawker One Year After Its Death
Mourning Gawker
One Year After Its Death

Mourning Gawker One Year After Its Death

One journalist says we need the site now more than ever; others disagree

(Newser) - Gawker shut down exactly one year ago after a lawsuit involving Hulk Hogan and billionaire Peter Thiel, and in the Washington Post , Michael J. Socolow mourns the loss. "Gawker might have been foolhardy, reckless and ultimately self-destructive, but it was also, above all, courageous," he writes. "With...

Thiel's Costume for Posh Party? Hulk Hogan, per Sources

Trump, campaign manager Kellyanne Conway were also in attendance

(Newser) - Hulk Hogan, with funding from frequent Gawker target Peter Thiel, helped bring the media group to bankruptcy via his sex-tape lawsuit, so Thiel's choice of costume at a posh Long Island party might not be terribly surprising: He reportedly dressed as the Hulkster on Saturday night, when the PayPal...

Gawker, Hulk Hogan Settle Lawsuit for $31M

'Hulk Hogan's retirement will be comfortable'

(Newser) - Hulk Hogan has settled with the smoldering ashes of Gawker Media for $31 million, CNN reports. Gawker was appealing the $140 million a jury awarded Hogan earlier this year. "The saga is over," Gawker founder Nick Denton says. "Hulk Hogan's retirement will be comfortable." Hogan'...

This Is Gawker's Final Post
This Is Gawker's Final Post

This Is Gawker's Final Post

'Gawker’s ultimate fate was predestined,' Denton writes

(Newser) - Gawker is dead and it was always going to die this way, founder Nick Denton writes in the site's final post. Many are alarmed at how a rich and powerful man like Peter Thiel can use the legal system to destroy a news outlet that criticized him, but "...

Gawker Is Dead, and That's Bad News for Everyone
Gawker Is Dead, and That's
Bad News for Everyone

Gawker Is Dead, and That's Bad News for Everyone

Who else is going to call out the lies all around us?

(Newser) - is done as of Monday thanks to its crushing courtroom loss . At the Awl , former Gawker writer Alex Balk makes the case that this is bad news for each and every one of us. It is not an entirely flattering piece, as he acknowledges that Gawker "published...

Gawker's Denton to Get $200K Salary for Not Competing

Univision will pay him for 2 years

(Newser) - It's not clear what Gawker founder Nick Denton will do next now that new owner Univision is shutting down itself, but he'll be decently compensated for two years as he figures it out: Univision will pay him $16,666 a month over that stretch as part...

Univision Bought Gawker Only to Kill Gawker

Though Gawker's other sites will be spared

(Newser) - Univision may have purchased Gawker Media for $135 million at bankruptcy auction this week, but that deal apparently didn't include Gawker itself. In a post Thursday, Gawker announced it will shut down next week. The six other Gawker-owned sites—Lifehacker, Jezebel, Deadspin, Gizmodo, Jalopnik, and Kotaku—will continue to...

Univision Buys Gawker for $135M
Univision Buys Gawker for $135M

Univision Buys Gawker for $135M

The bankrupt media company was up for auction Tuesday

(Newser) - It appears the bankrupt Gawker has a new owner: Univision. The company best known for Spanish-language television bought Gawker Tuesday at auction for $135 million, the New York Times reports. The online media company was forced to put itself up for sale after Hulk Hogan and tech billionaire Peter Thiel...

Gawker Founder Files for Bankruptcy

Nick Denton owes Hulk Hogan $125M

(Newser) - Gawker founder Nick Denton filed for personal bankruptcy Monday amid the website's battle with Hulk Hogan. Denton listed $10 million to $50 million in assets and $100 million to $500 million in debts, the New York Post reports; Denton owes Hogan $125 million after a jury sided with the...

Thiel Lawyer Trying to Squash Story on Trump Hair

Gawker wonders how many other suits Peter Thiel is secretly funding

(Newser) - PayPal founder Peter Thiel admits wanting to take out Gawker , but he's been less than forthcoming about which other cases he's helped fund—and a recent legal letter that demands Gawker stop reporting on Donald Trump's hair gives one pause on that question. In what the Verge...

Gawker May File Its Own Suit Against Peter Thiel

He spent $10M funding lawsuits against them

(Newser) - Well, it looks like Gawker won't be going down without a fight. Forbes reports Gawker Media is looking into suing billionaire archenemy Peter Thiel. Thiel claims he spent about $10 million funding multiple lawsuits against Gawker—including Hulk Hogan's incredibly successful one—in an effort to punish the...

Gawker for Sale After Declaring Bankruptcy

And Gawker-hater Peter Thiel is 'closer to his goal'

(Newser) - Gawker Media—responsible for blogs like Deadspin, io9, and Jezebel—filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Friday as a result of Hulk Hogan's successful lawsuit against it, the Wall Street Journal reports. According to Recode , Gawker will be put up for auction, with the first bid coming in at less...

Writer Mercilessly Mocked by Gawker Defends Gawker

Stephen Marche stands up for website

(Newser) - Gawker loves to mock Esquire columnist Stephen Marche, as he himself points out in the pages of the New York Times . Among other things, he's made the site's list of the "worst 100 white men" in history, as well as its roundup of "least important writers....

Gawker Just Got Its Own Billionaire Backer in Hulk Hogan Trial

Hogan vs. Gawker is essentially now PayPal vs. eBay

(Newser) - Hulk Hogan's ongoing lawsuit against Gawker is starting to look a lot like a game of Rock'em Sock'em Robots with two tech billionaires at the controls. On Thursday, PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel admitted to secretly funding Hogan's lawsuit to the tune of $10 million. Reuters reports...

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