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Gawker dies next week, killed by an unhappy subject

in Apolitical/Top Headlines by, 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 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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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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