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RIP: Gawker :(
Turns out that with billions of dollars, you can drive a media organization out of business if you happen to hate them. In a post published today, Gawker announced that the flagship site of the Gawker Media empire will shut down next week after nearly fourteen years of news, snark and shade. The news comes after reports that Univision would not acquire Gawker.com as part of its $135 million bid on other Gawker Media assets, including Jezebel, Gizmodo and Jalopink.
Nick Denton confirmed that he would be leaving the company, and the rest of the staff will be assigned new positions at the other acquired websites, or elsewhere within Univision. The closure of Gawker.com stems from a lawsuit filed by Hulk Hogan who sued Gawker Media earlier this year for invasion of privacy after Gawker.com published in 2012 a video of him having sex with his former best friend's wife. It was later revealed that his lawsuit was funded by Peter Thiel, the pro-Trump Silicon Valley billionaire who was the subject of a 2007 Gawker.com post — “Peter Thiel is totally gay, people" among others. (via: Gawker)
As you know we're totally fucking obsessed with the white-male-privileged soaked #LochteGate scandal, so UPDATE TIME.
After a Brazilian judge called bullshit on Lochte and three other US swimmers' claim that they were robbed in Rio, security footage shows Lochte bashing a restroom door and arguing with a security guard. According to police and eyewitnesses the athletes "peed in the gas station's garden and walls," and "trashed soap dispenser, paper dispenser, publicity signs and bathroom door." When they initially refused to pay for the damages (they later coughed up $50), the swimmers got aggressive with security and other gas station employees.
According to The New York Times "A Brazilian police official who had reviewed the video images said that there had been no armed assault, contrary to what the swimmers had claimed. The official declined to be identified because the investigation was continuing.”
Imagine being thisclose to scamming the media with a false story only to be revealed as a liar. (via: NYT)
UPDATE: According to TMZ, sources close to Lochte says that the swimmers stand by their initial claims of being robbed at gunpoint and allege that the proof is in the "3 minutes of missing surveillance video" edited out.
Would You Trust An Uber Self-Driving Car?
via uber via Bloomberg
Uber is unleashing a fleet of self-driving cars equipped with sensors and lasers for users in the downtown Pittsburg area later this month. As Bloomberg reports, Volvo has already delivered a "handful of vehicles" with 100 more due out by the end of 2016. For now the whips will be monitored by a human in the driver's seat, by 2021 a full fleet of autonomous cars will be available as part of a $300 million deal between Uber and Volvo. (via: Bloomberg)
DOJ Says It Will End Its Use Of Private Prisons
In a memo obtained by the Washington Post, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced that the DOJ will not renew its existing contracts with private prison.
“They simply do not provide the same level of correctional services, programs, and resources. They do not save substantially on costs,” Yates told the Post. “They do not maintain the same level of safety and security.”
The DOJ will not shut down the private prisons, but rather review the contracts with the existing private correctional companies. (Via: Washington Post)
PostedAug 18, 2016