Sep 11, 2018

Gawker is relaunching under Bustle's Bryan Goldberg

Former Gawker Media CEO Nick Denton (left). Photo: Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP/Getty Images

The media gossip blog Gawker will relaunch in early 2019 under Bryan Goldberg, founder and CEO of Bustle Digital Group, after it was shut down two years ago, Variety's Todd Spangler reports. It's the latest move in BDG's large-scale acquisition of women- and millennial-focused sites.

Why it matters: Goldberg has his work cut out for him in rebuilding the site as "something new, vibrant, highly relevant, and worth visiting daily." Gawker was forced to file for bankruptcy in 2016 after it lost a lawsuit filed by Hulk Hogan due to its posting of a sex tape featuring the wrestler.

Amanda Hale, formerly of The Outline, is BDG's first Gawker hire so far. She will build out the sales and marketing teams, as well as "solidify a plan to ensure the Gawker archives have a safe and permanent home," said a Bustle spokeswoman.

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Biden formally secures Democratic presidential nomination

Joe Biden speaks at Delaware State University's student cente on June 5. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden became the formal Democratic presidential nominee on Friday evening, per AP.

The big picture: Biden has been the presumptive frontrunner to take on President Trump since Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign in early April.

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  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 1,894,753 — Total deaths: 109,042 — Total recoveries: 491,706 — Total tested: 19,231,444Map.
  3. Public health: WHCA president says White House violated social-distancing guidelines to make reporters "a prop" — Jailing practices contribute to spread.
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  5. Jobs: Better-than-expected jobs report boosts stock market.
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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

Heiko Maas. Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.