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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... More »

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'... 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 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... More »

Jury Awards $25M More in Hulk Hogan Sex Tape Case

Florida jury piles on punitive damages

(Newser) - Awarding Hulk Hogan $115 million apparently wasn't enough. A Florida jury added an extra $25 million in punitive damages on Monday against Gawker Media, its founder, and its former top editor, for posting excerpts of a sex tape featuring the former pro wrestler, USA Today reports. "Just... 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 »

Former Gawker Editor Has Disturbing Answer on Sex Tapes

How young is too young to publish? 'Four'

(Newser) - Hulk Hogan is suing Gawker for publishing a sex tape that shows the wrestler with his best friend's wife, and in court Wednesday, the former editor-in-chief of Gawker had a disturbing answer when asked about his policy on sex tapes. In a taped deposition shown to jurors, Hogan's... More »

Big Changes at Gawker

Popular site will switch gears to focus on politics

(Newser) - Big changes are afoot at a major online media empire. On Tuesday a memo to staff announced Gawker—founded in 2003 to cover New York and the media—will now be a political website, the New York Times reports. “[Gawker] will ride the circus of the 2016 campaign cycle,... 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 »

Tarantino Sues Gawker Over Links to Leaked Script

Well, and over the headline Defamer used

(Newser) - There won't be a movie, but there is a lawsuit. Last week came the news that Quentin Tarantino was so "depressed" and betrayed after his script for The Hateful Eight leaked that he wouldn't make the film "next winter" as intended. Gawker's Defamer blog then... More »

Fox News Mole Gets Six-Figure Book Deal

But it's 'low' six figures for Joe Muto

(Newser) - The Fox News mole apparently has enough secrets to spill that it's worth a six-figure book deal. Joe Muto will get an advance in the "low six figures" from publisher Dutton for the upcoming Atheist in the Foxhole, reports Gawker , where Muto-as-mole first surfaced . Dutton says the book... More »

Gawker Paid Fox News Mole $5K: Forbes

Joe Muto apparently hasn't struck it rich over his posts

(Newser) - So what's a mole go for these days? Gawker paid Fox News turncoat Joe Muto $5,000 for his insider posts, writes Jeff Bercovici at Forbes . (He says he got the figure straight from John Cook, a friend who works for Gawker.) Bercovici crunches some numbers on ad... More »

Mole Flap Shows Media's Need to Get Over Itself

Forbes blogger: Outlets obsessed with self-image

(Newser) - The Fox News mole story may have generated lots of headlines yesterday, but it's "about the weakest cloak-and-dagger story imaginable," writes John McQuaid at Forbes . Outed mole Joe Muto hasn't offered much beyond the mundane so far about the inner workings at the network, he notes.... More »

ACLU, Gawker to Drop Suit Vs. Christie, Ailes

Governor's office releases schedule entry showing private dinner

(Newser) - New Jersey's ACLU says it will likely drop a lawsuit filed earlier today against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie after Christie's office released records that seemingly indicate that he met with Fox News chief Roger Ailes last year. The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of a Gawker... More »

Gawker Hack Puts 1.3M Users' Data at Risk

Fears for future attack on government agencies

(Newser) - Gawker's databases have been hacked, and the site is telling users to change their passwords on Gawker and any other site where they used the same password. The management says it's “deeply embarrassed” by the security failure, noting that it shouldn’t have to depend “on the... More »

Judge Orders Gawker to Remove Palin Excerpts

... at least until a hearing later this month

(Newser) - Score one for Sarah Palin in the media wars, at least temporarily. A judge ordered Gawker to pull down excerpts it posted of her new book pending a hearing on Nov. 30, reports Politico . America by Heart isn't out until next week, and publisher HarperCollins sued Gawker Media following Palin's... More »

Site IDs Author of O'Donnell Kiss-and-Tell

Boy Scout uniform blows cover of Gawker's 'anonymous'

(Newser) - It's tough to remain "anonymous" online these days, especially when the post is salacious. The Smoking Gun has made quick work of identifying the writer of yesterday's "I Had a One-Night Stand With Christine O'Donnell" essay on Gawker . TSG names 28-year-old Dustin Dominiak as the author after tracking... More »

Gawker Blasted for 'One-Night Stand With O'Donnell' Story

Legit story or 'sleaziest' of the year?

(Newser) - Gawker has stirred up a furor by posting an anonymous guy's claim of a having a "one-night stand" (which involved the same bed, but no sex) with a drunk Christine O'Donnell a few years ago. On Twitter and all over blog land, the story about the story has now... More »

The 25 Most Valuable Blogs

Gawker, Huffington Post, Perez Hilton in the top 10

(Newser) - 24/7 Wall St. is out with its fourth annual ranking of the 25 most valuable blogs in America, with the caveat that valuation is as much an art as it is a science. A number of blogs have increased in value since last year, not only because they have... More »

Hackers Mess With Gawker Over Story

Writer, wife harassed on Facebook

(Newser) - Internet hangout 4chan continues to seek revenge against Gawker for reporting on it, yesterday attacking not only the site but also Ryan Tate, the Gawker staffer who wrote the article, and Tate's wife. Users of 4chan's /b/ forum inundated Gawker's servers with traffic and spammed staffers' email accounts to punish... More »

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