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Thieves steal delivery from Hulk Hogan’s doorstep

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Hulk Hogan could have used his signature leg drop on thieves who stole a delivery from the front porch of his Florida mansion. Clearwater police released a video Friday showing four women pull into the driveway of the former pro wrestling champion’s mansion last weekend. Three rush up the steps and pick up the package, but apparently startled by a noise they drop it and run back to their car. After a few seconds, three run back up the steps,…

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Gawker dies next week, killed by an unhappy subject

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Gawker.com, the brash New York website that broke new ground with its gossipy, no-holds-barred coverage of media, culture and politics, is shutting down after 14 years, brought low by an unhappy, but deep-pocketed, subject. The news — appropriately enough, broken by Gawker itself — follows the sale of the site’s parent company to Univision. Founder Nick Denton reportedly told staffers Thursday afternoon that Gawker.com will come to an end next week. Twitter immediately went berserk in an unholy mélange of shock, sadness and Schadenfreude. Univision, the Spanish-language broadcaster,…

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Lakeland’s “The Ledger” newsroom aims to unionize

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It’s the one word that strikes fear—or at least puts heartburn—in the chests of corporate management: Union. And the new barons of journalism aren’t immune. The Ledger‘s newsroom workers now are moving to unionize, according to a Tuesday press release from the NewsGuild-CWA (Communications Workers of America). The Ledger, Lakeland’s newspaper of record, was owned for 42 of its 92 years by The New York Times Company. It was bought in 2011 by Halifax Media, which was itself was later taken…

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Gawker files for bankruptcy, to sell itself to Ziff Davis

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Gawker is filing for bankruptcy protection and will sell itself rather than pay $140 million to pro wrestler Hulk Hogan. The company says it plans to sell itself to publishing company Ziff Davis. Gawker filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, about three months after Hogan won a lawsuit against the online gossip and news publisher. The sale will be conducted through bankruptcy court so other bidders could emerge. The New York company said in the filing that it has as…

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A wrestler, a website and maybe a billionaire go to the mat

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Is Hulk Hogan‘s courtroom cage match with Gawker being bankrolled by a high-tech billionaire with a grudge against the news-and-gossip site? Two months after Hogan won a $140 million invasion-of-privacy verdict against Gawker for posting a sex tape of him, news reports say the pro wrestler is secretly backed by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel. Thiel, who co-founded PayPal and was an early investor in Facebook, was outed as gay by a Gawker-owned website in 2007, and the Gawker…

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Facebook says no evidence conservative stories suppressed

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A Facebook official says the company has found no evidence to back up allegations that Facebook contractors suppressed stories of interest to conservatives in its “Trending” section. Facebook vice president of search Tom Stocky writes in a post, “There are rigorous guidelines in place for the review team to ensure consistency and neutrality,” adding that the guidelines don’t permit political perspectives to be suppressed or one viewpoint or outlet to be prioritized over another. Stocky also says an allegation that…

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Gawker files motions seeking new trial in privacy case

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A New York news website has filed motions in a Florida court seeking a new trial in the Hulk Hogan invasion of privacy case. In motions filed this week, lawyers for Gawker Media asked for a new trial or for the amount in damages awarded to the former pro wrestler be vacated or drastically reduced. Hogan sued Gawker after it posted a video of him having sex with his then-best friend’s wife. Hogan said he didn’t know he was being…

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