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8:40 AM ET, May 25, 2016

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Forbes:
Sources: Peter Thiel has played a lead role in bankrolling Hulk Hogan's lawsuits against Gawker Media  —  One of Silicon Valley's best-known investors has been footing a former wrestler's legal bills in lawsuits against a shared enemy.  —  Peter Thiel, a PayPal cofounder and one of the earliest backers …
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Over 400 writers including Stephen King, Dave Eggers, Amy Tan, and Cheryl Strayed release online letter opposing Trump  —  Donald J. Trump has been working to mend fences with many of his detractors, but among literary luminaries it is looking like it will be a tough sell.
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Industry observers and some staff believe BuzzFeed will eventually curtail news to focus on more profitable video and entertainment  —  Early last year, BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti wrote a blog post titled “Why BuzzFeed Does News,” a battle cry for journalism that had the unintended effect of unnerving some members of the news division.
Todd Sherman / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter won't count photos, videos, @names in replies toward 140 characters “in the coming months”, will allow self-retweets, touts improved onboarding metrics  —  Over the past decade, the Tweet has evolved from a simple 140-character text message to a rich canvas …
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 …
New York Times:
ELeague debuts on Turner's TBS on Friday night, targeting the large, young, mostly male audience of esports and adding announcers, player interviews  —  The world of competitive video game sports has moved to the mainstream without much help from television.  More than ever, though, television wants to get into the action.
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Mike Minotti / VentureBeat:
Interview with Turner Sports executive VP Craig Barry on Eleague's goals, approach, and partnership with Twitch
Discussion: VentureBeat and Forbes
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
In internal email late Tuesday, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman reassures employees, reiterates intent to sell part of Paramount  —  Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman sent an email late Tuesday to all employees seeking to reassure them about the state of the company.  The email, obtained exclusively by Variety …
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Source: Josh Tyrangiel promoted at Vice Media to oversee company's entire news division; 15 digital producers, writers and editors laid off  —  Josh Tyrangiel is being promoted at Vice Media to oversee the company's entire news division, as part of a reorganization that will see around 15 …
Lisa Campbell / Bookseller News:
Waterstones outsources its e-books business to Rakuten's Kobo, effective June 14  —  Waterstones is to stop selling e-books from its website and instead divert customers to Kobo's reading platform for digital sales.  —  The chain book store will begin informing customers of the change …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Many senior Daily Telegraph staff members fired, including deputy editor Liz Hunt  —  String of senior staff cuts follow announcement that publisher is seeking to reduce costs  —  The Telegraph has started a round of targeted cuts of senior newsroom staff including deputy editor Liz Hunt …
Brian Rohan / Associated Press:
Egypt deports French journalist amid crackdown on the media  —  CAIRO (AP) — Egypt deported a French journalist without explanation on Wednesday, the reporter and his newspaper said, the latest move in an ongoing crackdown on freedom of expression and the media.
Mădălina Ciobanu / Journalism.co.uk:
Multimedia storytelling platform Shorthand launches out of beta  —  Shorthand launched in beta in 2013 and has been used by news organisations such as BBC, The Guardian and The Telegraph  —  Shorthand, a platform that allows publishers to create multimedia stories hosted on their own websites …
 
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Variety:
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