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Sources: ESPN Laying Off Hundreds (Deadspin)
ESPN laid off a portion of its staff Tuesday, a network spokesman confirmed to us. How many? ESPN won’t say. A tipster told us earlier that it would be more than 400 staffers. A source at ESPN said that number is a little high, but it appears to be in the hundreds. FishbowlNY An ESPN spokesperson emailed to tell us that they hadn’t cut 400 staffers. When we asked how many were let go, “We’re not getting into particulars but it is fewer than 400” was all we got back. USA Today / Big Lead Sports According to an ESPN source, the layoffs will come mostly, but “not exclusively,” from tech and sales departments (think regional offices: Denver, Las Vegas, Seattle). ESPN is reviewing its entire studio production department over the next three-to-four weeks, which is about 2,800 employees. It is possible some shows will be cut. These layoffs are part of a Disney-wide process. THR News of layoffs comes less than two weeks after Disney’s media networks segment rose 6 percent to $4.96 billion, with operating income up 8 percent to $1.86 billion. One of the company’s most consistently lucrative properties, ESPN has enjoyed increased affiliate revenue in 2013.

Tumblr’s Recently Fired Editorial Team Just Missed Out on A $371,000 Payday (The Atlantic Wire)
Every single one of Tumblr’s 178 employees will get money from the $1.1 billion Yahoo! deal, which means that if the site hadn’t let go of its three editorial team members last month, they too would have received $371,000 — each. Business Insider There’s a report floating around claiming that early Tumblr investor Union Square Ventures netted a 5,000-times return when Yahoo! paid $1.1 billion for the social-blogging site. The same report, which comes from PrivCo, a private firm that reports on startups, claims to have exacting details about how much each employee made on the deal. FishbowlNY Yahoo! buying Tumblr is a big deal, so The New York Times went all out with its coverage. The most noticeable piece was in the Business section. There Times readers found a giant replica of a Tumblr dashboard, complete with headlines and articles about the acquisition.

Sharyl Attkisson’s Computers Compromised (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Sharyl Attkisson, the Emmy-award winning CBS News investigative reporter, says that her personal and work computers have been compromised and are under investigation. “I can confirm that an intrusion of my computers has been under some investigation on my end for some months but I’m not prepared to make an allegation against a specific entity today as I’ve been patient and methodical about this matter,” Attkisson told Politico on Tuesday. The New Yorker / News Desk The Obama Justice Department has seized the phone records of numbers that are associated with White House staffers and, apparently, with Fox News reporters, according to a document filed in the case of Stephen Jin-Woo Kim, on Oct. 13, 2011. The Washington Post President Obama told advisers that he is not interested in prosecuting reporters for soliciting information from government officials, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday.

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Wired Completely Overhauls Print Magazine (Mashable)
Wired is debuting a new look for its June issue, which hit newsstands Tuesday. The magazine has been completely made over by Scott Dadich, who before being named editor-in-chief last November worked as creative director of Wired from 2006 to 2010.

Daily Show Creator Sorry for Saying Oklahoma Tornado Targeted Conservatives (Gawker)
Comedian and Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead faced sharp criticism from both sides of the aisle after she joked on Twitter that Monday’s devastating tornado was in Oklahoma, “so clearly it has been ordered to only target conservatives.”

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