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10:40 PM ET, May 25, 2016


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Peter Sterne / Politico:
Florida judge upholds $140.1 M verdict against Gawker, Nick Denton, and AJ Daulerio; Gawker to appeal  —  A state court judge in Florida upheld a jury verdict of $140.1 million in damages against Gawker Media, CEO Nick Denton and former editor in chief A.J. Daulerio.
Sources: Peter Thiel has played a lead role in bankrolling Hulk Hogan's lawsuits against Gawker Media
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Katie Rogers / New York Times:
The New York Times announces it will offer buyout packages to newsroom and business department employees at the end of the month  —  The New York Times will offer voluntary buyout packages to members of the newsroom and several business departments at the end of the month, the company announced on Wednesday.
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Business Insider launches website for lifestyle vertical Insider after 10 months distributing content exclusively on social media platforms  —  Content designed to be distributed on social media platforms gets its own Web destination  —  In the fast-changing world of digital publishing, occasionally something old becomes new again.
Alex Spence / Politico:
Washington Post targets Europe with expanded Global Opinions section, additional regions to be added in coming months  —  The Washington Post, resurgent under the ownership of Amazon's Jeff Bezos, is expanding in Europe as part of a drive for more readers outside its home market.
Discussion: Washington Post, @rafat and Politico
Investor Towle & Co urges Tribune Publishing to strike a deal with Gannett at a price above $15 per share, slams deal with Nant Capital  —  A second big-dollar investor in Tribune Publishing is calling on the newspaper company to cut a deal with Gannett, just two days …
Discussion: @poynter and Deadline
Mark Scott / New York Times:
EU proposes new rules to protect minors, combat hate speech, and mandate that video streaming services have 20% European content  —  How do you say “House of Cards” in French?  Under new European proposals, you may soon find out.  —  That's because European officials announced on Wednesday …
Rem Rieder / USA Today:
Three years after buying in to newspapers, Warren Buffett still loves the industry but worries about the rate of decline in circulation and advertising  —  When I talked to Warren Buffett three years ago, he confided that he had a forbidden passion.  —  “It's almost unnatural how much I love newspapers,” he said.
Discussion: @ryanchittum
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Denverite is the first in a line of new city news sites from a startup backed by longtime media execs  —  Here's a new stab at local news: A new media company founded by Gordon Crovitz, the former publisher of The Wall Street Journal; Kevin Ryan, the founder of Business Insider; and Jim Friedlich …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Spotify's Discover Weekly reaches 40 million users and 5 billion tracks streamed  —  Every Monday morning, a freshly created selection of around 30 tracks arrives for each of Spotify's more than 100 million users.  The offering is called Discover Weekly, and it has cracked the code …
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Azerbaijan orders release of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist Khadija Ismayilova on suspended sentence  —  Azerbaijan's Supreme Court has ordered that RFE/RL journalist Khadija Ismayilova be released from custody after reducing her prison term from 7 1/2 years in custody to a suspended term of 3 1/2 years.
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