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May 10, 2016, 7:50 PM

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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Amazon unveils Amazon Video Direct, open to any video creator, with four ways to earn money: per-hour royalty, add-on subs, digital rent/sale, or ad-supported  —  Initial partners include Conde Nast, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Machinima, StyleHaul  —  Amazon, which touts itself as Earth's biggest store …
Michael Nunez / Gizmodo:
GOP Sen. Thune sends letter to Zuckerberg asking for more details about curation of Facebook's Trending Topics; Facebook says it looks forward to cooperating  —  The US Senate Commerce Committee—which has jurisdiction over media issues, consumer protection issues, and internet communication …
Tom Stocky / Facebook:
Facebook VP of search Tom Stocky: we found no evidence contractors manipulated Trending Topics to suppress stories of interest to conservatives  —  My team is responsible for Trending Topics, and I want to address today's reports alleging that Facebook contractors manipulated Trending Topics …
TechCrunch:
Slack launches “Sign in with Slack”, the work chat platform's answer to Facebook Connect, with partners including Quip, Figma, Office Vibes, Smooz, Slackline  —  May 10, 2016, 10:01 amMay 10, 2016, 2:22 pm  —  Slack is pushing to become the identity layer for all enterprise apps.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Disney ends in-house console game production with cancellation of its Infinity series  —  So much for Disney remaining a big player in the video game world.  As part of its second quarter earnings release, the media giant has revealed that it's getting out of the self-published video game business …
New York Times:
Uber partners with a prominent union in New York to create a drivers' group, Independent Drivers Guild, to serve as a forum for dialogue but not a union  —  Uber announced an agreement on Tuesday with a prominent union to create an association for drivers in New York that would establish …
BBC:
UK government's bid to get Lauri Love, a man accused of hacking into US government computers, to reveal his encryption passwords thrown out by UK judge  —  A bid by the National Crime Agency to force an alleged cyber hacker to hand over encrypted computer passwords has been thrown out by a judge.

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