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4:35 PM ET, April 5, 2016


 Top News: 
NFL Communications:
NFL confirms streaming deal with Twitter for Thursday night games, allowing users to watch for free across mobile, tablet, web and connected TVs  —  National Football League and Twitter Announce Streaming Partnership for Thursday Night Football  —  Twitter to stream 10 Thursday Night Football games globally
Twitter acquires rights to stream NFL's Thursday night games, part of an overall push into online programming and effort to attract mainstream users  —  Twitter Wins NFL Deal to Stream Thursday Night Games  —  Twitter Inc., making a strategic push into online programming …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Sources: Twitter paid less than $10M for 10 NFL games, while rival bids were higher than $15M  —  Twitter Beats Amazon, Verizon for Global NFL Streaming Deal  —  Surprise finish to the fight for NFL streaming rights: They're going to Twitter.  —  The social media company beat …
Medium launches Medium for Publishers, a suite of branding and customization tools, aiming to entice publishers away from their CMS  —  Making Medium More Powerful for Publishers  —  At Medium, we're building out a new corner of the Internet specifically designed for people and publishers …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Eight independent sites fully migrate to Medium, including Pacific Standard; four others in pipeline, including Monday Note  —  Medium lures The Awl and other publishers to go all-in on its platform  —  Medium is convincing a batch of small publishers to abandon their standalone sites …
Nicholas Jackson / Pacific Standard:
Pacific Standard EIC Nicholas Jackson explains why the magazine migrated its site to Medium: improved audience reach, commenting system, more  —  Introducing the New  —  We want to bring the kinds of stories we tell—stories that matter—to the widest possible audience.
Discussion: @ryanj899, @niemanlab and The Story
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Judge in lawsuit against Rolling Stone says woman at center of story, “Jackie”, must testify, allows for a five hour deposition  —  ‘Jackie’ must testify in lawsuit over Rolling Stone rape story  —  A Virginia judge has ruled that the woman at the center of Rolling Stone's discredited story …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Jezebel
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook announces Automatic Alternative Text on iOS, which uses AI to automatically describe images to blind users  —  Facebook begins using artificial intelligence to describe photos to blind users  —  Ask a member of Facebook's growth team what feature played the biggest role in getting …
Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
Yahoo scales back its media focus as cutbacks follow tensions between media stars seeking home-page space and engineers who swear by algorithms  —  Marissa Mayer vs. “Kim Kardashian's Ass”: What Sunk Yahoo's Media Ambitions?  —  After a pricey talent spree, Yahoo News is reversing course—again.
Oliver Darcy /
Reporter Michelle Fields, assaulted by Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, receives death threat, telling her to drop charges against him within 72 hours  —  Exclusive: Police Investigate Death Threats Made Against Michelle Fields — Listen to the Chilling Audio
Reid Nakamura / The Wrap:
The Webby Awards nominations announced, Vice Media leads with 16, other nominees include Google, HBO, CollegeHumor  —  Webby Awards: Vice Media, National Geographic Lead Nominations  —  The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences announced the nominees for the 20th annual Webby Awards on Monday …
Discussion: Forbes, Variety, WWD and Digital Trends
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Alexander Spangher / Columbia Journalism Review:
NYT response to Paris attacks shows efficiency in foreign news coverage; within 48 hours, 39 contributors filed from 12 countries and 6 US states to 21 editors
Lynne Marek / Chicago Business:
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Politico's president, co-founder Jim VandeHei likely to leave site in spring, months earlier than planned
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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Rhonda Richford / Hollywood Reporter:
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Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
In first India deal, Xiaomi leads $25M round for music/movie streaming firm Hungama
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Disney announces Thomas Staggs will step down as COO in May and leave the company at end of September, after spending a little more than a year in the post
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
New York Observer Editor Ken Kurson read, gave input on speech by Donald Trump; NYO owned by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
NBCU and Vox Will Start Selling Ads on Each Other's Sites