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April 5, 2016, 10:20 AM

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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.
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 …
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.
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Salesforce acquires MetaMind, a deep learning startup backed by Marc Benioff and Khosla Ventures; services to be discontinued in May  —  Salesforce buys hot deep learning startup MetaMind, services shutting down May 4  —  Salesforce has acquired MetaMind, a deep learning startup backed …
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.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Disqus releases first iPhone app w/ support for tracking comments & discussions, more  —  Popular commenting service Disqus today has announced its first ever iOS app.  The app is available now in the App Store for free and allows users to track notifications relating to their comments …
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
MIT Media Lab launches Data USA, the most comprehensive visualization of US public government data  —  Website Seeks to Make Government Data Easier to Sift Through  —  For years, the federal government, states and some cities have enthusiastically made vast troves of data open to the public.
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
IHS teardown of 16GB iPhone SE reveals it costs about $160 to build  —  Teardown Finds Apple's iPhone SE Costs at Least $160 to Build  —  The cost to build and assemble Apple's iPhone SE runs to about $160 for a device that sells for a starting price of $399 without a contract …
Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
Intel announces head of PC business Kirk Skaugen to depart April 8, Navin Shenoy to take over; Doug Davis, head of IoT effort to leave by year end  —  Shake-up at Intel as veteran execs Davis and Skaugen leave  —  Chipmaker Intel just announced the departure plans of two longtime executives …
Rob Price / Business Insider:
Nest is disabling the Revolv home-automation service on May 15, effectively bricking Revolv home hub hardware, after acquiring the startup in 2014  —  Google's parent company is deliberately disabling some of its customers' old smart-home devices  —  Nest, a smart-home company owned …

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