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  • Comparing the politics of Trump and his Silicon Valley surrogate Peter Thiel

    Comparing the politics of Trump and his Silicon Valley surrogate Peter Thiel

    It’s been a weird year for Peter Thiel. The always contrarian investor has managed to stir up quite a bit of ill will with his shadowy support of the lawsuit that brought Gawker to its knees and his vocal — and now financial — support for Donald Trump. Along the way, each of Thiel’s controversies has led to calls for the companies he funded and advised, like Facebook… Read More

  • Goodbye, Gawker

    Goodbye, Gawker

    While the fate of Gawker is still unclear – last-minute Hail Mary media saves are the norm when it comes to online properties (even if it does gut the site) – what is clear is that Gawker as we once knew it is dead. The current staff probably won’t stick around only to fall under some less beneficent ruler and Univision doesn’t want what is perceived as a hive of snark… Read More

  • Gawker.com will shut down next week

    Gawker.com will shut down next week

    Gawker.com, pioneering web publication and the brainchild of Nick Denton, will be shut down as of next week, according to Gawker itself. The closure of the site comes after Univision’s winning bid for the Gawker Media company, which was forced into bankruptcy following a successful lawsuit by Terry Bollea (Hulk Hogan) funded by Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel. Univision’s bid… Read More

  • Univision wins auction to acquire Gawker Media

    Univision wins auction to acquire Gawker Media

    Univision has won the auction to acquire Gawker Media’s websites and business. Recode broke the news, reporting the acquisition price was $135 million and would cover all seven of Gawker’s websites. The company’s founder Nick Denton confirmed the deal in an email to reporters: Gawker Media Group has agreed this evening to sell our business and popular brands to Univision… Read More

  • Peter Thiel was not kicked off Facebook’s board

    Peter Thiel was not kicked off Facebook’s board

    Facebook is sticking with Peter Thiel despite the backlash against him for funding the Hulk Hogan lawsuit that financially crippled Gawker. At today’s Facebook shareholders meeting, the company voted to re-elect Thiel as one of its board of directors. He received enough votes to stay on. Facebook’s entire board was re-elected, including Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Reed… 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

  • Gawker CEO Nick Denton goes after thin-skinned Silicon Valley billionaires

    Gawker CEO Nick Denton goes after thin-skinned Silicon Valley billionaires

    Gawker Media CEO Nick Denton joined Kara Swisher on stage at Vox Media’s Code Conference next to an empty chair — reserved for Peter Thiel, who is involved in a lawsuit against Gawker and did not attend the conference. The conversation centered around Gawker’s decision to publish a story that noted that Thiel was gay — among other controversial stories that the… Read More

  • For Peter Thiel, revenge on Gawker may have been a dish best served cold

    For Peter Thiel, revenge on Gawker may have been a dish best served cold

    According to a Forbes report published last night, billionaire investor Peter Thiel has been quietly funding the case that Hulk Hogan (whose real name is Terry Bollea) has brought against the online news organization Gawker. Bollea has won for now. A Florida jury awarded Bollea $140 million in March over a sex tape that Gawker published in 2012. And today, Judge Pamela Campbell denied a… Read More

  • Jury awards Hulk Hogan $115M in sex tape lawsuit against Gawker

    Jury awards Hulk Hogan $115M in sex tape lawsuit against Gawker

    A Florida jury sided today with wrestling star Hulk Hogan (real name Terry Bollea) in his lawsuit against Gawker. Hogan was awarded $115 million — $55 million for economic injuries and $60 million for emotional distress. That’s even more than the $100 million that Hogan was seeking, and the jury’s scheduled to return Monday to deal with punitive damages on top of… Read More

  • Gawker Is Raising Money To Fund Its Legal Battle With Hulk Hogan

    Gawker Is Raising Money To Fund Its Legal Battle With Hulk Hogan

    Gawker Media is raising outside funding, and for a specific purpose — it says it’s getting ready for its legal battle with Hulk Hogan. As first reported in the International Business Times, the company has called for an “extraordinary general meeting” of shareholders on Thursday, where it will discuss changing its capital structure to accommodate new… Read More

  • Gawker Staff Votes To Unionize

    Gawker Staff Votes To Unionize

    Gawker Media’s editorial staff will be joining the Writers Guild of America, East. The efforts to bring the company into the WGAE (a union best known for representing film and television writers) have drawn broader attention because Gawker is now the first online-only media organization to unionize. Back in April, when the attempt to join a union became public, Gawker’s… Read More

  • Hurricane Sandy Attacks The Web: Gawker, BuzzFeed and Huffington Post Are Down (UPDATED)

    Hurricane Sandy Attacks The Web: Gawker, BuzzFeed and Huffington Post Are Down (UPDATED)

    If Hurricane Sandy wasn’t scary enough, it’s newest victims are in the blogosphere. We’ve just learned that Gawker’s fleet of sites, including Gizmodo are down. Also Hurricane Sandy victims? The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed. Read More

  • Interview With Reddit Troll, ‘Violentacrez’, On Anderson Cooper [Video]

    Interview With Reddit Troll, ‘Violentacrez’, On Anderson Cooper [Video]

    Notorious smut peddler, “Violentacrez”, gave his first Interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper last night. After being outed by Gawker last week, the 49-year-old softspoken software engineer has lost his job and rekindled a fierce debate over the limits of free speech. “I am to some degree apologizing for what I did,” said Michael Brutsch, “Violentacrez is what… 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

  • Spammers Were Offering $2K For The Gawker Database. Now They Have It For Free.

    In the modern media equivalent of a Greek myth, the Gawker empire was hit hard over the weekend when it was revealed that a hacker group had infiltrated its commenter database via a vulnerability in its source code, exposing the user names and encrypted passwords for over 1.3 million commenters. To further drive the moral of this story home, the group, which goes by the name Gnosis, pulled… Read More

  • DA Withdraws iPhone 4 Warrant, Returns Gizmodo Editor Jason Chen's Possessions

    The iPhone 4 may be available to the general public, but the police investigation into the leaked device that Gizmodo purchased last spring is still going strong. Now there’s been a new development: the EFF reports that the San Mateo District Attorney has withdrawn the warrant it used to search Gizmodo editor Jason Chen’s house last April, when it confiscated multiple computers… 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

  • Steve Jobs Spars With Gawker Blogger Over Revolutions, Freedom, and Porn

    For many years, tech fans have known that Steve Jobs will occasionally respond to messages directed to his well-publicized email address. Most of the time his responses consist of snappy one-liners, often containing a nugget of new information. But it’s rare to hear about a full-on debate, with Jobs offering some rationale behind Apple’s highly controversial… Read More

  • A Next Generation iPhone Walks Into A Bar…

    A Next Generation iPhone Walks Into A Bar…

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a guy walks into a bar. No, a guy walks into a bar with an iPhone. No, a guy walks into a bar with a next-generation iPhone disguised as a current-generation iPhone. No, a guy walks into a bar with his next-generation iPhone disguised as a current-generation iPhone and leaves it there. Okay, we’ve never heard anything like this before. Yes… Read More