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  • Innovation

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    Gawker founder's next act: Something with internet forums

    After taking about a month off in the wake of his settlement with the plaintiffs represented by Peter Thiel's lawyer, Gawker Media founder Nick Denton will begin a new project: Building internet forums.

    In an interview with journalist Aaron Lammer on the new podcast "Stoner," Denton called the design of internet forums his "obsession" and said that bridging the gap between public and private conversations is a particular area of focus:

  • Legal

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    Why Gawker settled the Hulk Hogan dispute

    In the end, proudly iconoclastic Gawker Media and founder Nick Denton raised a white flag.

    A new media renegade behaved very much its traditional forebears when it announced plans to scrap a long and costly appeal of Hulk Hogan's $140 million victory in the dispute over its publishing an excerpt of a sex tape.

  • Business

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    Gawker Media employees condemn decision to remove 6 stories

    That didn't take long.

    It's been less than a month since Univision agreed to buy Gawker Media in the wake of a bankruptcy sale prompted by the $140 million invasion-of-privacy judgment won by professional wrestler Hulk Hogan. Already, Gawker Media's notoriously independent editorial staffers and Univision's corporate higher-ups are beginning to clash with one another.

  • Innovation

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    Gawker's demise is troubling for experiments in reader engagement

    This is a column about Gawker.com's demise, but it is also a column about a plane ride I took last Friday. The two are related, though it might not seem that way at first.

    I’ll start with the plane ride, which was from San Francisco to Raleigh-Durham. I sat next to a woman who brought an assortment of religious material to read on the plane. We made some initial chit-chat about disliking airplane rides, then we both settled in for the lengthy flight — she read her Kindle, I thumbed through my backlog of New Yorkers.

  • Business

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    Nick Denton is getting out of the news business

    Nick Denton, the founder of Gawker.com, toasted the dying website Thursday in a memo to staff after an announcement that the site is closing before Univision takes possession of its parent company.

    In the memo, Denton acknowledged that he will not be involved in the company he built after Univision begins running the show:

  • Business

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    R.I.P. Gawker, 2002-2016

    Gawker.com will shut down at the end of next week, the website reported Thursday.

    Over more than a decade, the pioneering website produced a cadre of talented writers and editors, oodles of attention-grabbing scoops, became the scourge of the Manhattan media scene and a magnet for lawsuits.

  • Business

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    Nick Denton files for bankruptcy: 'I'm in a positive frame of mind'

    Nick Denton, the founder of Gawker Media, filed for bankruptcy on Monday in the wake of a legal judgment that awarded former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan $141.1 million.

    The lawsuit, which was bankrolled by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, forced Denton to sell the company in an auction later this month. Gawker Media has also declared bankruptcy, but its eight editorial brands are continuing to operate normally.

  • Business

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    Gawker Media files for bankruptcy and puts itself up for auction

    Gawker Media, the pioneering digital media company beset by legal entanglements fueled by a Silicon Valley billionaire, filed for bankruptcy this afternoon.

    The filing is a maneuver intended to prevent Hulk Hogan — the ex-professional wrestler who earlier this year won a $140-million-plus invasion-of-privacy judgment against Gawker Media — from collecting his bounty, according to Recode's Peter Kafka:

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