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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...

PayPal Founder Admits Plan to Kill Gawker

It's about sticking up for the little guy: Peter Thiel

(Newser) - Peter Thiel admits he spent around $10 million to fund lawsuits against Gawker in the hope of ruining the media company—and it's "one of my greater philanthropic things that I've done." But "it's less about revenge and more about specific deterrence," the...

Judge: Gawker Still Has to Pay Hulk Hogan $140M

She declined to order a new trial or reduce the jury's verdict

(Newser) - Well, it looks like Gawker still owes Hulk Hogan $140 million. On Wednesday, a Florida circuit court judge declined to order a new trial or change the jury's verdict in Hogan's lawsuit against the media company, according to the Hollywood Reporter . Gawker's attorney had asked the judge...

PayPal Founder May Be Behind Legal Attack on Gawker

Peter Thiel reportedly funding Hulk Hogan's lawsuit

(Newser) - The founder of PayPal has long made clear that he hates Gawker. Now Forbes reports that Peter Thiel is using his billions to fund a potentially devastating legal fight against the media group. Specifically, the report says Thiel has been secretly funding Hulk Hogan's lawsuits against Gawker over the...

Gawker May Have Just Solved the Mystery of Trump's Hair

It involves metal clamps, donor hair, a shadowy expert, and lots of money

(Newser) - "Remember the $500 haircut ?" quips Gawker's John Cook? That's nothing. Gawker just went all Woodward and Bernstein on Donald Trump's "inscrutable hairdo." A tipster, French patents, multiple lawsuits, an archived website, and more have led the Ashley Feinberg to pen a 3,479-word...

Hulk Hogan Is Suing Gawker Again

What a mess

(Newser) - Hulk Hogan won $140 million after suing Gawker for publishing a portion of a sex tape starring him, but he's not done: On Monday, he filed another suit against the website and other entities. This time, he's suing because, he says, an extended transcript of the full sex...

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...

Hulk Hogan Gets $115M in Gawker Sex Tape Lawsuit

Is it the end of Gawker?

(Newser) - Former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan was awarded $115 million by a jury Friday in his lawsuit against Gawker, which published a sex tape featuring the Hulkster in 2012, the AP reports. It's $15 million more than he was asking. According to Ars Technica , which points out punitive damages could...

Hulk Hogan Trial Targets 'News Value' of His Privates

AJ Daulerio admits wrestler's genitals aren't newsworthy

(Newser) - Former Gawker editor AJ Daulerio took the stand Monday in the trial over the website's publication of the Hulk Hogan sex tape, and during what the Hollywood Reporter calls "heated" questioning toward the end of his testimony, this exchange between Daulerio and one of the lawyers for Hogan...

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...

Big Changes at Gawker
 Big Changes 
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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,...

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...

Hitler Bot Hijacks Coke's Twitter Campaign

'Make It Happy' meets Mein Kampf

(Newser) - It was almost inevitable that Coca-Cola's automated campaign to combat online negativity would be hijacked by pranksters—but the "Make It Happy" team probably wasn't expecting a Hitler bot. The campaign turned the words of negative tweets into happy ASCII cartoons, but after noticing that a white...

We All Want to Say 'F--- It.' But We Can't

Emily Gould reflects on her own memorable exit

(Newser) - "F--- it, I quit:" When reporter Charlo Greene dropped an on-air F-bomb and publicly told her employer to shove it so she could go do something she'd rather be doing, well, we've all been Charlo Greene. But particularly Emily Gould, who really did quit in...

Gawker Issues 6-Point Rebuttal to Tarantino Suit

'We'll be fighting this one'

(Newser) - Looks like Gawker isn't going to take Quentin Tarantino's lawsuit lying down. A refresher: Tarantino's script for The Hateful Eight was leaked; Tarantino freaked out ; Gawker's Defamer posted a link to the leaked script; Tarantino freaked out some more and sued Gawker . In response, John Cook...

Toronto Mayor Crack Video 'Gone'

Gawker suspects Rob Ford got to it first

(Newser) - A video that allegedly shows Toronto mayor Rob Ford hitting the crack pipe is "gone," Gawker has discovered after raising $200,000 to buy it . After a long silence, the video's owner reached out to an intermediary with the message, "It's gone. Leave me alone,...

Toronto Mayor Crack Video Fund Hits $200K Target

As aides bail, owners of Rob Ford video can't be found

(Newser) - Gawker's "Crackstarter" fundraiser to buy a video that allegedly shows Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack has hit its $200,000 target—but they haven't been able to make contact with the video's owners. More than 8,000 people chipped in to push the campaign over...

Gawker Crowdfunding to Buy Mayor Crack Tape

'Crackstarter' campaign aims to raise $200K to make video public

(Newser) - Forget checkbook journalism—welcome to the era of PayPal journalism. Gawker has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $200,000 so it can buy the video that allegedly shows Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack. "They will give us the video. We will publish the video. You will watch...

For Iraq's 10th Anniversary, Gawker Prints Bush's Email

Readers urged to wish him a 'happy Iraq War day'

(Newser) - To mark the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, Gawker has printed the private email address of George W. Bush and encouraged its readers to wish the man who ordered the invasion a "Happy Iraq War Day." The address was spotted in screenshots of correspondence published by...

Did Hulk Hogan Leak His Own Sex Tape?

Love Sponge claims he did as wrestler sues for $100M+

(Newser) - Hulk Hogan is indeed suing over his leaked sex tape , and for a big number: more than $100 million. The wrestler is going after Bubba the Love Sponge and his ex-wife , who he says recorded him in the act without his permission, as well as Gawker, which made the video...

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