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Tech Ghoul Peter Thiel Defanged By Gawker Media Legal Deal; Free Press Saved 2

Tech Ghoul Peter Thiel Defanged By Gawker Media Legal Deal; Free Press Saved

Peter Thiel, the tech mogul who posed the biggest threat to a free press since the 1950s Red Scare, has officially been defanged by lawyers handling Gawker Media‘s bankruptcy case. He won’t be able to sink his teeth into Gawker or pull the same stunt he used to bring the Web site down. In a sweeping legal settlement, Thiel and his investment firm, Thiel Capital, agreed to absolve Gawker.com’s future owner of all legal liability as well as writers who have articles on the site....
Gawker, a Pioneer of Internet Snark, Closing In Wake of Thiel Vendetta 6

Gawker, a Pioneer of Internet Snark, Closing In Wake of Thiel Vendetta

Gawker, the Web site that pioneered Internet snark and grew into a major online player, is ceasing operations next week, a victim of a campaign of legal terrorism waged by gay Silicon Valley mogul Peter Thiel. It marks the beginning of a chilling chapter in online media. Thiel, who made his money launching PayPal and being an early investor in Facebook, waged a secret campaign against the site to punish owner and publisher Nick Denton. ...
Gawker, Slammed by Hulk Hogan Jury Verdict, Files for Bankruptcy 8

Gawker, Slammed by Hulk Hogan Jury Verdict, Files for Bankruptcy

Gawker Media, owned by snark pioneer Nick Denton, filed for bankruptcy protection today (June 10) in the opening round of what likely will be a multi-pronged effort to prevent former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan from collecting a $140 million jury award against the company. The legal move, under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code, will allow Gawker and its associated media properties to continue operating....
Hulk Hogan Gets a Big Payday From Gawker and We're All Poorer For It 12

Hulk Hogan Gets a Big Payday From Gawker and We’re All Poorer For It

Is Hogan A Hero? In the late ’70s, Hulk Hogan was fearless every Saturday on the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Who knew he was really a shy, sensitive guy? No wonder he sued when Gawker.com posted his sex tape online. Even more remarkable, who knew a jury would give him $140 million? Fast forward about 30 or so years and the once mythical God of Thunder can now be seen blubbering with regularity on national television. His skin must be paper thin. ...
Gawker, Noted for Outing Celebs, Could See User Private Info Outed in Court 14

Gawker, Noted for Outing Celebs, Could See User Private Info Outed in Court

Gawker’s legal battle against a number of former lowly interns could turn into a major embarrassment if a court forces it to reveal usernames, passwords, online names, email addresses, telephone numbers and even bank account info as part of the legal action. So far, the info remains private. Federal Judge Alison Nathan ruled earlier this week in a preliminary order that Gawker had the right to delete the information from court filings....
Justin Bieber Hoses GossipCop, ABC News, TMZ on Private Plane Folly 16

Justin Bieber Hoses GossipCop, ABC News, TMZ on Private Plane Folly

Justin Bieber farted and a slew of web sites said it smell like roses. That’s an apt analogy for Bieber’s claim that he bought a high-priced Gulfstream G650 private jet for a Christmas present. But like Bieber’s farts, it stinks to high heaven. But that didn’t stop a slew of gossip sites from People magazine to ABC News, Fox News, GossipCop, TMZ and dozen of lesser sites from reporting it as fact. An TheImproper investigation, however, flushed that crap right out of the news cycle. This site reported two days ago that Bieber did not own a jet. We did what every other news site should have done–checked with Federal Aviation Administration....
Tina Brown Out at Daily Beast; May Signal Internet Shake-Out 18

Tina Brown Out at Daily Beast; May Signal Internet Shake-Out

Tina Brown who tried to carve an empire for herself at Barry Diller’s company as Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beast and, for a time, Newsweek, is first big-name print star to fall on the Internet. Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp will not renew Brown’s likely million-dollar-plus contract when it expires in January. Her departure could signal the beginning of a major shakeout among high-cost Internet publications that have yet to see ad revenues come close to matching expenses....
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