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    Gawker to Log Off After Controversial Sale

    Game, set, and match to Peter Thiel. The tech billionaire’s crusade against the gossipy news empire has ended with Gawker Media’s $135 million sale to Univision, which is shuttering the flagship site next week. Gawker’s 14 years of boundary pushing included outing Thiel as gay and publishing a sex tape featuring wrestler Hulk Hogan. Thiel funded Hogan’s invasion-of-privacy lawsuit, which bankrupted the site. While Gawker often ignored the boundaries of newsworthiness and good taste, many worry its demise encourages others to throw money into silencing disagreeable voices — thus threatening press freedom.

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