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POLITICO Jack Shafer

Donald Trump's evasiveness is destroying the interview

"Trump has figured out how to soften rather than sharpen public discourse every time he is interviewed, blurring it into yet another form of meaningless PR, and—if he continues—destroying a journalistic institution in the process."

The Guardian Roy Greenslade

Suddenly, national newspapers are heading for that print cliff fall

"Despite all the prior warnings, a harsh reality has suddenly kicked in. We are in the midst of a crisis."

POLITICO Media Peter Sterne and Kelsey Sutton

The fall of Salon.com

POLITICO Media dives deep into the trashing of a former progressive bastion and digital news leader. "While the details of Salon’s enormous management and business challenges dominate the internal discussion at the magazine, in liberal intellectual and media circles it is widely believed that the site has lost its way."

Gawker Nick Denton

Gawker founder urges truce with Peter Thiel

In an open letter Thursday evening, Gawker Media founder Nick Denton challenged Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel to an open debate as an alternative to bankrolling lawsuits against the company. "Peter, this is twisted. Even were you to succeed in bankrupting Gawker Media, the writers you dislike, and me, just think what it will mean."

Wash Post PR Press release

Megan Chan joins The Washington Post

Chan joins The Washington Post as director of digital operations. Previously, she was director of digital products at POLITICO.

The Wall Street Journal STEVEN PERLBERG

Gawker Media looking at possible sale of company

"Gawker Media has hired an investment banker to explore strategic options including a potential sale, according to a person familiar with the matter, as the digital media company fights a costly legal battle with professional wrestler Hulk Hogan."

The New York Times KATIE ROGERS and JOHN HERRMAN

Thiel-Gawker fight raises concerns about press freedom

"A variety of observers, including other billionaires and figures involved in GamerGate, have entered into the fray to address themes like Mr. Thiel’s political motivations, and the wider issue of Silicon Valley power players and their involvement with the news media."

USA TODAY Jessica Guynn

Facebook to show ads to non-users

"Previously Facebook showed ads to Facebook users on other websites, using information the company had collected about users' interests and by installing cookies on browsers."

The Verge Ben Popper

Blendle launches Android and iPhone apps in the U.S.

The Dutch "iTunes for news" previously allowed its pay-per-article service exclusively for desktop users.

The New York Times BARRY MEIER

Will other wealthy finances bankroll lawsuits against the press?

In the wake of Peter Thiel's $10 million legal war against Gawker, "the question running through many media circles is whether other wealthy people upset with news accounts will decide to follow Mr. Thiel’s example and go after other organizations."

In case you missed it

POLITICO Jack Shafer

Donald Trump's evasiveness is destroying the interview

"Trump has figured out how to soften rather than sharpen public discourse every time he is interviewed, blurring it into yet another form of meaningless PR, and—if he continues—destroying a journalistic institution in the process."

The Guardian Roy Greenslade

Suddenly, national newspapers are heading for that print cliff fall

"Despite all the prior warnings, a harsh reality has suddenly kicked in. We are in the midst of a crisis."

POLITICO Media Peter Sterne and Kelsey Sutton

The fall of Salon.com

POLITICO Media dives deep into the trashing of a former progressive bastion and digital news leader. "While the details of Salon’s enormous management and business challenges dominate the internal discussion at the magazine, in liberal intellectual and media circles it is widely believed that the site has lost its way."

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