Ars Technicha hired a few of the old Gawker people. When I saw that I went to a friend, borrowed some firearms and spent a few hours on his gun range. Ars used to be really good and it ticked me off when they changed about two or so years ago.
After Gawker outed all the CCW people in NYC (with the headline "Here Is a List of All the Assholes Handsome Law-Abiding Citizens Who Own Guns Some People in New York City" no less), including women hiding from abusive ex's, I made a quiet vow to never give a Gawker writer-or any website that knowingly hires ex-Gawker people-views of brain energy.
Newitz, whom you mentioned, is now a culture of tech editor at Ars and she brought a couple of the i09 people with her. Never been back there since.