May 27th, 2016
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The news becomes Days of Our Lives


"My billionaire is better than your billionaire," concludes Sarah Weinman with Publishers Lunch as two Silicon Valley moguls "with a history of bad blood" square off over Gawker (at only 200+ shares so far, but it just broke). The who, what and where: eBay co-founder Pierre Omidyar is calling for support of Gawker as they appeal the $140 million judgement awarded to Hulk Hogan, which you may recall was in turn supported by Peter Thiel. "MONEY FIGHT!" cheers TIME's Alex Fitzpatrick, although Bloomberg's Ellen Huet points out, Pierre Omidyar is trying to organize media groups to file amicus briefs in support of Gawker -- not backing w $$ yet." So how do we feel about this, gang? "I'm confused. Now that eBay's billionaire cofounder is backing Gawker's appeal, which way do I point my outrage?" wonders Joshua Brustein at Bloomberg Businessweek. "Oh goodie the Gawker press freedom flap is now a battle of billionaires, this sounds good for the news business," laments Mic's Joel Pavelski. "Literally none of this is good," chimes in The Verge's Kwame Opam. "We need to find a new way to say, you can’t make this stuff up," Glynnis MacNicol voices similar sentiments. But the best suggestion of all comes from Caitlin Kelly at VICE Sports: "let's just go back to duels, it's cool there's a musical about it now."

Now let us awkwardly transition to the secret life of Kim Jong Un’s aunt, who has somehow been living under all of our noses here in the U.S. since 1998. "This is the story of how Kim Jong Un’s aunt went from the top of North Korea to middle America," elaborates Newsweek's Lauren Walker. Meanwhile in U.S. politics, the Washington Post reports that Donald Trump’s campaign appears to be stumbling as it tries to go big -- a story that led to this delightful exchange: "You 2 wouldnt know how to write a good story about me if you tried—dream on,” Trump told @ashleyrparker & @maggienyt. Simultaneously, die-hard Bernie Sanders backers are looking to the FBI's possible indictment of Hillary Clinton as the answer to their prayers. "Most people struck by this part of my story. It's a feeling I came across more than once," clickbaits Yamiche Alcindor (but it is worth your click!). Relatedly, the AP offers a handy fact-check on Clinton's misstated key facts with respect to the email episode. Lastly, the Wall Street Journal chronicles Mitt Romney’s increasingly lonely challenge to Trump. Slate's Rachael Larimore reacts, "Dear @marcorubio@MittRomney can teach you a thing or two. 'If not, I will write in a name.'"

Question of the day


Our last question asked: The U.S. is still using what to run its nuclear program? Floppy disks! We won't add anything to that, because you all brought so much to the table yourselves.

Congrats to Wes Wolfe of The Free Press for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions go out to these incredible individuals for also answering correctly: John WallLaura AlixChris Lombardi (who answer was "YUGE floppy discs ... Still better than the computer-barred ATF, which has to use PAPER"), Anna Holland (who adds "Windows 3.1! Computers from BEFORE I WAS BORN!"), Tim Farnsworth (who tacks on this appropriate gif), Dan Rosenbaum (who notes "This is something that if it ain't broke, you really don't want to 'fix' it"), David Daniel (who wonders "Are the nuclear silo tutorials on 8-track?"), Jayna Wallace (who asks "That's because floppies are so durable, yes?"), Ellen Wernecke (who adds "For the kids, they were plastic and metal data-storage devices that could hold <1 MP3"), Ken Walker (who jokes "But at least they finally upgraded that abacus"), Lucia A. Walinchus (who observes "CPUs from 1976. They're just realizing this now?"), Edirin OputuMark Gibbs (who jokes "Next we'll learn that their tech support is still provided by Radio Shack"), Charlotte LoBuono (who quips "! Like totally 90s dude!"), Claudine Laforce (who admits "though I find this really hard to believe"), M Edward/Ed Borasky (who slyly adds "yes, size matters"), Shayna (who remarks "Because the Cold War never ended, meaning the 80s never ended, either"), Judyth Mermelstein (who jokes "Wot, no Flash vulns?"), Ann McGuire (who quips "China's are on Ming Dynasty papyrus") and Ron Casalotti (who adds "But don't worry, they hope to upgrade to AOL trial membership CDs soon"). Shout out to Maureen MacGregor who answered "50 year old tech & an abacus." Close enough!

As for today's question, here it is: A 96-year-old man just made the news for using a strategy named after him to save a life. Who was he/what was he credited with developing?

Click here to submit your answers to @MuckRack. IMPORTANT: If you choose not to click that link, please include the word "answer" in your tweet so we can find it (the link will automatically do so for you)! 

... We’ll announce the winners in the next Daily!

Career Updates
Journo job moves for Friday


Your role changes to know for today:

  • Sarah Harvard has been named staff writer at Mic. Harvard previously worked as a contributing writer for Teen Vogue.
  • Univision promotes Gabriela Tristán to VP and Executive Producer of News Production, overseeing all newscasts and special coverage of events and breaking news.
  • Cary Barbor is now senior editor at Gulfshore Business Magazine. Barbor previously was a freelance writer.
Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email Kirsten (kirsten [at] sawhorsemedia [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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