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April 5, 2016, 2:55 PM

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Scott Soshnick / Bloomberg:
Twitter acquires rights to stream NFL's Thursday night games, beating Amazon and Verizon, in an effort to attract mainstream users  —  Twitter Wins NFL Deal to Stream Thursday Night Games  —  Twitter Inc. won a deal to show Thursday night National Football League games online, a person familiar with the matter said.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Sources: Twitter paid less than $10M for the 10 NFL games, while rival bids were higher than $15M; users can watch for free without signing-in  —  Twitter Beats Amazon, Verizon for Global NFL Streaming Deal  —  Surprise finish to the fight for NFL streaming rights: They're going to Twitter.
Cade Metz / Wired:
WhatsApp says it has enabled end-to-end encryption for all forms of communications on its service, which now has over a billion users, by default  —  Forget Apple vs. the FBI: WhatsApp Just Switched on Encryption for a Billion People  —  For most of the past six weeks …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook announces Automatic Alternative Text on iOS, that 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 …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Sony's next PS4 update arrives tomorrow with game streaming for PC and Macs  —  Sony's next major update to the PlayStation 4 debuts tomorrow.  It includes a number of new features, but the most important addition is Remote Play for PCs and Macs.  New Remote Play apps for Windows and Mac …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
HTC Vive review: great innovative ideas, customizable UI, and solid construction, but glitchy and too expensive at $800  —  HTC Vive review  —  One month ago, I tested a virtual reality headset called the HTC Vive Pre.  The Pre was a development kit created by gaming behemoth Valve …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter makes it easier to share tweets privately with new button on iOS and Android  —  While nowhere near as big as this morning's news that Twitter will live stream the NFL's Thursday Night Football, the company is announcing another change to its service today aimed at increasing …
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Starz launches standalone streaming service with apps for Android and iOS at $9/month, less than Showtime's $11/month offering  —  With a Stand-Alone App, Starz Looks Beyond the Cable Bundle  —  The hot and crowded market of subscription streaming services will get yet another entrant …
Valentina Palladino / Ars Technica:
HP introduces super-thin 10.4mm, 13.3-inch Spectre laptop with i7 CPU, 9.5 hours battery life; starting $1,169, available for preorder April 25  —  HP goes for bling with new super-thin, copper-accented Spectre notebook  —  While taking up minimal space, it promises to deliver on battery life and power.
Medium / The Story:
Medium launches Medium for Publishers, a suite of branding and customization tools, over a dozen websites migrate over, including The Awl  —  Making Medium More Powerful for Publishers  —  At Medium, we're building out a new corner of the Internet specifically designed for people and publishers …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Chat app Kik launches a bot store and anyone can make bots for it  —  It seems like barely a day passes without some notable mention of chat bots in the tech industry.  Now one of North America's most used chat apps has jumped on the wagon after Kik, the billion dollar mobile messaging service …
Ryan Smith / AnandTech:
NVIDIA announces Quadro M5500 video card for notebooks, fast enough to meet Oculus and Vive specs, details broader VR plans for professional market  —  NVIDIA Announces Quadro M5500 For Notebooks, Details Professional VR Plans  —  Taking place this week is NVIDIA's annual developer conference, the GPU Technology Conference.

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