Gawker had evolved from a blogging sweatshop to a place where journalists are paid market wages, are eligible for bonuses, health insurance, and luxury gym memberships, and get the occasional international vacation masquerading as a company retreat. Why the change? Founder Nick Denton explains, “I have to come to terms with the paternalism of American business. Companies are expected to take on so many social responsibilities which are the province of the state in Europe.” [Source Forbes]