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5:00 PM ET, July 27, 2015

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 Top News: 
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
Gawker to announce interim editorial lead this week, start search for new senior editors, hires ex-Google exec Ian Fette as new CTO  —  Nick Denton: Gawker to search for new top staff and draw up editorial code  —  Media group's founder says it is to begin ‘a real, civil dialogue’ in the wake …
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Leah Finnegan to leave Gawker amid buyouts  —  Leah Finnegan, Gawker's features editor, announced on Monday she is leaving the site as Gawker Media offers buyouts and realigns itself around new editorial standards. … Finnegan, who joined Gawker last year from The New York Times …
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Increasing competition on the web, pressure to break scoops led to mistakes on Clinton story  —  A Clinton Story Fraught With Inaccuracies: How It Happened and What Next?  —  The story certainly seemed like a blockbuster: A criminal investigation of Hillary Rodham Clinton by the Justice Department …
Matthew J. Belvedere / CNBC:
Disney CEO Bob Iger says ESPN could one day be sold direct to consumers, but not within next five years  —  Disney CEO Iger: ESPN could one day be sold direct  —  Walt Disney chief Bob Iger said Monday he sees ESPN as a media property that could be eventually sold directly to consumers …
William Turton / The Daily Dot:
New York Magazine's site is down, Twitter user claims he launched DDOS attack on it; Update: the site is now up  —  Anti-NYC hacker takes New York Magazine offline  —  On Sunday night, New York Magazine released a groundbreaking new cover featuring 35 victims of alleged assault from Bill Cosby.
Dino Grandoni / New York Times:
Podcasts, which aren't regulated by the FCC, are blurring the line between sponsors and stories  —  Ads for Podcasts Test the Line Between Story and Sponsor  —  For the last several months, Lisa Chow, a reporter for and co-host of “StartUp,” a podcast about starting a business, has been interviewing engineers at Ford Motor.
Discussion: Nieman Lab, @kjblank80 and @gracehood
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Today Show co-anchor Al Roker's production company to launch three new shows about cooking on Meerkat this week  —  Al Roker Offers Forecast of TV's Future With Trio of Meerkat Programs  —  Al Roker is reaching from the solid ground of NBC's “Today” to the shakier terrain of TV's future.
Discussion: The Verge, @alroker, @bristei and TVNewser
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Snapchat Adds BuzzFeed, iHeartRadio to Discover Lineup After Dropping Yahoo, Warner Music  —  Snapchat has slotted in BuzzFeed and music-streaming service iHeartRadio to its Discover media section, after removing launch partners Yahoo and Warner Music Group from the lineup.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Newsweek hires Time's Europe editor, Matt McAllester, to oversee new EMEA edition  —  Newsweek hires Time's Europe editor  —  The competition between Time and Newsweek ain't what it used to be, but apparently there's still some fire left in the old rivalry.
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Nate Silver Takes Shot at Vox for Aggregating NYMag's Cosby Story  —  Burn level: sabermetric. … New York released the bold and unavoidable cover last night, for a story in which all 35 of Cosby's accusers speak out, quickly capturing the attention of the Twittersphere.
Washington Post:
After Arab Spring, journalism briefly flowered and then withered  —  CONTROLLING THE STORY: This is the second installment in an ongoing series examining the human cost of reporting the news around the world.  —  MANAMA, Bahrain — Just three miles from the gleaming center of town …
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Netflix still has 5.3M DVD subscribers, generating hundreds of millions in profit a year  —  Netflix Refines Its DVD Business, Even as Streaming Unit Booms  —  FREMONT, Calif. — It was just past sunrise on an early-spring morning at Netflix's DVD operations here, where metallic arms whirred …
 
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Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:
Yahoo launches live news show with Katie Couric
Discussion: TVNewser, @jbenton and Yahoo
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
Huffington Post chief vows to protect contributors to new Arabic offshoot
Sibusiso Tshabalala / Quartz:
Africa's biggest media group, Naspers, has finally apologized for its role during Apartheid
Discussion: @lilkuo
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
Newspapers continue backward thinking about linking
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
Khari Johnson / Through the Cracks:
Beacon Reader launches Bounties to let readers crowdfund and choose which stories get covered
Discussion: @crowdjournalism
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Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
DraftKings raises $300M at a valuation of more than $1.2B in a round led by Fox Sports, pledges to spend $250M on ads with the TV company
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Chernin Group, AT&T Invest in Digital Film Studio Supergravity
Jack Murtha / Columbia Journalism Review:
Controlled town hall Q&As on Facebook aren't replacements for press access to candidates
Bill Mickey / Folio:
Survey: Digital Magazines Still Not a Break-Out Platform
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
U.K. Police Confirm Ongoing Criminal Probe of Snowden Leak Journalists
Discussion: @ben_hr