Monday must-reads

Jul 27, 2015

"Did Bill Cosby take night courses in coding?" wonders Washington Post's Philip Bump, after New York Magazine published an extraordinary compilation of 35 Bill Cosby accusers telling their stories--unfortunately, you won't be able to read all of them at the moment, because a hacker allegedly has taken the magazine's entire web presence offline (1,200+ shares so far). "NY Mag DDoS'd after debuing amazing Cosby survivors story. @WilliamTurton talked with the (presumed) child behind it," reports Daily Dot's Kevin Collier. "Hacker takes down @NYMag site not because he’s pro-Cosby but because he’s anti-New York City. Weird," reacts Andrew Tran with the Connecticut Mirror. "'I went to new York 2 months ago. It was really bad. Someone pranked me.' — why someone is currently hacking @NYMag," shares Ryan Broderick at BuzzFeed. Washingtonian's Benjamin Freed calls this person "Possibly the lamest hacker ever." Gawker's Max Read quips, "if this guy would just give NYC a chance hed realize that there is no better home for obsessive vindictive cranks." Meanwhile at Vanity Fair, Kia Makarechi asks the most important question of all: "Couldn't he have just written a Why I Left New York blog for Thought Catalog instead?"

While we're waiting for this wrong to be righted, however, you actually can listen to some of the women tell their stories on NY Mag's Instagram account. Which is completely genius and fully worth your time.

Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown has died at 22 after a nearly 7-month coma. "She's with her mom now. Prayers for both the Houston and Brown families," reflects Entertainment Tonight's Nancy O'Dell. For The New YorkerIan Parker boasts a tell-all on Greece's ex-finance minister, in which Yanis Varoufakis supposedly told his wife during the ATM withdrawal restrictions, "Honey, I shut the banks." In other hard news, Turkey and the U.S. have agreed on a plan to clear ISIS from the strip of northern Syria and China's market has just suffered its biggest daily percentage drop since 2007 as Asian stocks are pressured by weak earnings overseas. "Greece looks like child's play compared to this," warns Sunil Jain at The Financial Express.

And checking in on the Gawker saga, NYT's Ravi Somaiya has a conversation with Nick Denton.

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