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  • Peter Thiel’s moral sleight of hand

    Peter Thiel’s moral sleight of hand

    Earlier today, we started seeing rumblings about a New York Times op-ed from famed entrepreneur and venture capitalist Peter Thiel — an op-ed where he’d lay out the case against Gawker. Thiel, of course, quietly poured $10 million into the lawsuit by Terry Bollea, a.k.a. Hulk Hogan, which bankrupted Gawker Media. Thiel’s financial involvement wasn’t revealed until after… Read More

  • Gawker files for bankruptcy

    Gawker files for bankruptcy

    Gawker Media filed for bankruptcy today, according to documents filed in a Southern District of New York court. The filing comes as Gawker’s legal battle with the wrestler Hulk Hogan (real name Terry Bollea) drags on. Hogan sued Gawker after the site published a clip of his sex tape and a blog post analyzing it; his lawsuit, as well as others against Gawker, have been funded by… Read More

  • Pierre Omidyar involved in effort to help Gawker in its appeal

    Pierre Omidyar involved in effort to help Gawker in its appeal

    Well, this story keeps getting more and more interesting. According to a newly published account in the New York Post, Pierre Omidyar, the billionaire founder of eBay, is involved in an effort to help Gawker Media in its appeal of a $140 million judgement that was awarded to Hulk Hogan following Gawker’s release of a sex tape involving the former wrestler. Specifically, First Look Media… Read More

  • Gawker’s Nick Denton to billionaire Peter Thiel: Let’s take it outside (of court)

    Gawker’s Nick Denton to billionaire Peter Thiel: Let’s take it outside (of court)

    Tech investor, billionaire and Donald Trump-backer Peter Thiel has been locked in a legal battle by proxy with Gawker Media that amounts to a First Amendment test which could potentially put Gawker out of business. The media company that consistently challenges and pokes at the powers that be in technology and venture capital has, according to The Wall Street Journal, “hired an… Read More

  • Thiel says he decided several years ago to try to cripple Gawker

    Thiel says he decided several years ago to try to cripple Gawker

    Earlier today, we speculated that billionaire Peter Thiel may have secretly financed a lawsuit to put Gawker Media out of business owing to a series of antagonistic stories about him written by Gawker’s now defunct Valleywag site nearly a decade ago. Thiel has since talked with New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin and confirmed that not only has he provided Hulk Hogan (legally… Read More

  • Times Internet CEO Satyan Gajwani Discusses His Company’s New Alliance With Gawker Media

    Times Internet CEO Satyan Gajwani Discusses His Company’s New Alliance With Gawker Media

    Gawker Media, which already has a presence in eight countries, is expanding its international reach even further. Nick Denton, the founder of the company and blog network, announced yesterday that it has entered a strategic partnership with Times Internet, the digital arm of India’s Times Group. Times Internet will manage the Indian versions of Gizmodo and Lifehacker, both of which… Read More

  • Gawker's Gulp Moment: Big Redesign Is Driving People Away

    About ten days ago, gossip blog Gawker and its sister sites Gizmodo, Lifehacker and others switched over to a drastic redesign which was met with plenty of jeers. People always complain about design changes, but this time it looks like several of Gawker’s sites actually took a major hit to traffic. According to Quantcast, which directly measures the sites, Gawker’s U.S. daily… Read More

  • Gawker Media Grinds To A Halt – Gizmodo, Lifehacker, Other Blogs Down (Update)

    We’ve had our fair share of outages around here, but we’re not nearly as big as the Gawker blogging empire is, so it’s worth noting that every site in the Gawker Media blog network is currently down and out. From Gizmodo to Gawker.com, Kotaku, Jezebel and Lifehacker, every visitor to the sites operated by the new media company is being served a dry message that reads… Read More

  • Next Question: Are The Police After Gawker Or The Person Who Took The iPhone?

    Next Question: Are The Police After Gawker Or The Person Who Took The iPhone?

    So yeah, that just happened. Friday evening, police raided the home of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen. Their mission? To search the premise and confiscate all items that could be related to the supposed theft of the next generation iPhone prototype. Ever since it initially broke, this story has been fascinating for a number of reasons, and new ones continue to reveal themselves. What may be… Read More

  • A Valleywag Out. Owen Thomas Leaving Gawker.

    Owen Thomas, who has run the Silicon Valley gossip rag Valleywag for the past couple years, is leaving Gawker, the site’s parent company, we’ve learned. This move is a bad blow for the site which significantly cut its workforce a few months ago as it was rolled under the larger Gawker.com umbrella, and made into a column. Thomas, who was previously an editor with Business 2.0… Read More