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5:20 AM ET, June 13, 2015


 Top News: 
Jonathan Mahler / New York Times:
Nick Denton reflects on the expensive Hulk Hogan lawsuit, the dangers of chasing clicks through Facebook, Gawker's purpose, and more  —  Gawker's Moment of Truth  —  “I'm pretty sure we have a revolution coming,” said Nick Denton, founder and chief executive of Gawker Media.
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Gawker faces skeptical judge and jury in Hulk Hogan's Fla. hometown, as $100M sex-tape lawsuit that could have dire financial consequences goes to court July 6  —  Gawker in the fight of its life with Hulk Hogan sex-tape suit  —  Nick Denton is preparing for the biggest fight of his life.
Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
James Murdoch's resurrection in US after scandal in UK is complete, now considered a great strategist with extraordinary long-term vision  —  Once Down, James Murdoch Is Guided Back to the Top  —  It would be hard to overstate how bad James Murdoch's reputation was in London when he left town some three and a half years ago.
Edmund Lee / Re/code:
James Murdoch Is an Old-School Media Executive, So Don't Expect Big Changes at His Dad's Empire  —  James Murdoch finally won.  —  Rupert Murdoch, his father and everyone's favorite media baron, agreed to hand over the CEO title at his company, 21st Century Fox, to his 42-year-old son, pending board approval.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Katie Couric Reups with Yahoo in a $10 Million Deal  —  Katie Couric is reupping her news deal with Yahoo, which sources said will raise her annual package there from upwards of $6 million to $10 million.  —  A spokesman for Couric confirmed that the well-knowm news anchor would be continuing with Yahoo …
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Jason Whitlock is replaced as head of The Undefeated, ESPN's site about race and sports; Whitlock to focus on content  —  Jason Whitlock Out as Head of ESPN Website Built for Him  —  Jason Whitlock was replaced Friday as the head of the Undefeated, ESPN's website about the intersection of race and sports …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
French privacy watchdog demands Google make right to be forgotten delistings global, gives 15 days to comply  —  Google Must Expand Privacy Delistings, Says French Watchdog  —  The French data protection watchdog has ordered Google to widen its implementation of the so-called European 'right …
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Wikimedia switching all of its sites to HTTPS by default  —  Wikipedia Is Finally Encrypting the World's Knowledge  —  Wikipedia, one of the most popular websites in the world, will now be encrypted by default, a change that will better protect its hundreds of millions of visitors from surveillance and censorship.
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Publications' first Facebook Instant Articles collectively performing 4.3X better than normal posts  —  Early Numbers Suggest Facebook Instant Articles Giving Participating Publishers An Edge  —  Facebook's first batch of Instant Articles registered 4.3 times more engagement than average link posts.
Discussion: New York Times and @jonathanmendez
D.B. Hebbard / Talking New Media:
Post Community Media to shutter two Maryland Gazette editions, sell other properties  —  Friday is the day companies like to dump bad news, and this Friday is no different as Post Community Media announced today that it would be closing its two editions of The Maryland Gazette that serve Montgomery …
Nate Swanner / The Next Web:
New York Times to block employee access to its desktop homepage next week to emphasis mobile  —  The New York Times wisely blocks staff from viewing its desktop homepage  —  The Grey Lady is changing.  She's becoming a modern woman, one who enjoys a 4.7-inch retina display more than her 28-inch desktop monitor.
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
Video ad tech company TubeMogul raises $82.9M in secondary market offering  —  TubeMogul CEO on $83 million raise: The ad tech market may be hurting, but we're not  —  Video ad tech company TubeMogul has just raised $82.9 million in a secondary market offering.  —  Its stock is currently trading down around 6% on the news.
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Reuters says it isn't gunning for the competition by offering free content
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Ad Tech Firms Find Venture Capital Funding Is Running Dry
Discussion: @ganeumann and AdExchanger
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
8tracks Closes $2.5 Million Debt Line, Signs More Direct Licensing Deals With Music Labels
Discussion: VentureBeat and Billboard
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Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Consumer Reports makes new hires to strengthen digital focus and closes two smaller print properties, ShopSmart and Money Adviser
Discussion: Folio
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Twitter should focus on live news and events, using human editors to create curated feeds
Carolina Peredo / Journalism in the Americas:
DDoS attacks are a growing digital threat to freedom of expression in Latin America