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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 "... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

Gawker's Open Letter to Thiel: 'Peter, This Is Twisted'

Nick Denton challenges 'thin-skinned billionaire' to debate

(Newser) - Gawker founder Nick Denton has fired back against what he calls a "vindictive decade-long campaign" funded by PayPal founder Peter Thiel. In an open letter , Denton recaps legal actions against the company and Gawker writers and says: "Peter, this is twisted. Even were you to succeed in bankrupting... More »

What Does the Hulk Hogan Verdict Mean?

Case will need to be upheld to set precedent, but privacy advocates could gain momentum

(Newser) - Hulk Hogan on Friday won an eye-popping $115 million from Gawker Media for publishing a sex tape—more than he sought and what Ars Technica called a potentially "life-threatening event" for Gawker—but what are the real implications for celebrity privacy and for media freedom? The short answer, legally... More »

6 Links That Explain the War at Gawker

As editors Tommy Craggs, Max Read resign today

(Newser) - On Thursday, a storm erupted with Gawker's publication of a story by Jordan Sargent about the CFO of a media company who allegedly planned to step out on his wife to meet a gay escort in Chicago. As Dylan Byers pointed out at Politico , "widespread condemnation" ensued, and... More »

Gizmodo Lost Money on Pricey iPhone Scoop

Saga raises debate about checkbook journalism

(Newser) - Nick Denton, the big cheese at Gawker Media, paid $5,000 for the iPhone prototype Gizmodo showed the world last week—a fact notably absent from the company's published account of how it acquired the phone. He got 3.6 million unique visitors for his trouble, but no massive ad-revenue... More »

Newsier Gawker Looks Beyond Manhattan

Denton: Media site 'may inadvertently commit journalism'

(Newser) - began life as a gossip site for the New York media industry, but these days the site is increasingly looking away from incestuous Manhattan—it's covering everything from reality TV to global politics, and recently the site hired an actual investigative reporter. Nick Denton, the site's founder, tells... More »

Diss Letterman at Your Peril

Late-night hosts can shape opinion for networks and their viewers

(Newser) - John McCain is playing with fire if he thinks he can stand up David Letterman and get away with it. "The middle-of-the-road personalities who've dominated network television since its inception do retain one singular power," Gawker Media head honcho Nick Denton, writing for his flagship blog, warns the... More »

Gawker Selling Off a Few Blogs

Wonkette, Idolator and Gridskipper become casualties of economic belt-tightening

(Newser) - Gawker Media is cutting loose three of its blogs, CNET reports: Wonkette, Idolator and Gridskipper. “To be blunt," explained Gawker founder Nick Denton in an internal email, "they each had their editorial successes; but someone else will have better luck selling the advertising than we did."... More »

Gawker Draws Facebook's Ire

Site catches flak after mean-spirited repost of young woman's profile

(Newser) - and managing editor Nick Denton are well-known for poking fun at media types, but managers of Facebook say he went too far yesterday, writes. Gawker posted an item lampooning the daughter of American Law Media founder Steven Brill, poking fun at the 25-year-old’s weight alongside... More »

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