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2:50 PM ET, March 8, 2016

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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Facebook VP of partnerships Dan Rose confirms talks with NFL about securing rights to live-stream games; sources say other bidders include Amazon and Verizon  —  Facebook Exec Clears the Air Over NFL, Celeb Deal Talks for Live-Stream Push (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Facebook is breaking its silence …
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Joan E. Solsman / The Wrap:
CBS trying to secure NFL streaming rights for online subscription service CBS All Access, says CEO Les Moonves  —  CBS in Talks to Score NFL Streaming Rights  —  CBS, unsatisfied with splitting the broadcast rights to Thursday night NFL games, is in talks to nail down the digital streaming licenses …
Michael R. Bloomberg / BloombergView.com:
Michael Bloomberg says he won't enter presidential race because he can't win and running could lead to a victory by Donald Trump or Ted Cruz  —  The Risk I Will Not Take  —  Americans today face a profound challenge to preserve our common values and national promise.
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Millennial news site Mic acquires Hyper, mobile app that aggregates video content into magazine format  —  Mic Acquires Mobile Video App Hyper  —  Millennial-focused Web publisher looks to curate top video content each day  —  Many digital media companies are focused on distributing content …
Steve Dent / Engadget:
Amazon launches its first live show, Style Code Live, a QVC-like web show  —  Amazon's first live show is QVC for the YouTube generation  —  Now that Amazon has its own private fashion labels, it's launching its its first ever live TV show called Style Code Live.
New York Times:
Turkish court appoints trustees to manage Cihan, another opposition-linked news agency  —  Turkey Appoints Trustees to Opposition-Linked News Agency  —  ANKARA, Turkey — A Turkish court has ordered a news agency linked to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's top foe placed under the management of trustees …
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Letitia Stein / Reuters:
On day two of Gawker trial, Hulk Hogan testifies about the personal impact of sex tape release  —  Hulk Hogan says still reeling from sex tape at Florida trial  —  Former professional wrestling star Hulk Hogan testified on Tuesday he no longer was “the same person I was before” …
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Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Hulk Hogan's lawyer says Gawker posted sex tape to ‘harm’ him
Erin Griffith / Fortune:
Behind Dick Costolo's and Jack Dorsey's efforts to fix Twitter  —  Fixing Twitter  —  How the media-juggernaut-turned-train- wreck is getting back on track after a rough two years.  —  In late January the Tweeps needed a kumbaya moment, and Jack Dorsey knew exactly how to give it to them.
Rem Rieder / USA Today:
Refugees Deeply, the latest single-topic site from News Deeply, launches March 15, with more emphasis on original content  —  New website to focus on refugee crisis  —  Last September, heartbreaking images of the body of a 3-year-old Syrian boy who washed up on a Turkish beach galvanized …
Jeremy Barr / Ad Age:
The New York Times Begins Testing Ad Blocking Approaches  —  Some Visitors With Ad Blockers Are Asked to Either Whitelist the Times or Subscribe  —  Viewability and Verification in the Age of Programmatic  —  The New York Times on Monday began testing out “various approaches” to combatting the rise of ad-blocking technology.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Subscription video startup Vessel, headed up by ex-Hulu CEO Jason Kilar, announces it is going ad-free for subscribers  —  Following YouTube Red, video subscription service Vessel goes ad-free for paying subscribers  —  Vessel, the video subscription startup headed by former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar …
John Reynolds / Press Gazette:
UK newspaper The Sun appoints Gordon Smart as deputy editor  —  Gordon Smart, editor of The Scottish Sun, is returning to England to become The Sun's deputy editor.  —  Smart, who joined The Sun in 2004 writing for its showbusiness pages, will effectively become number three on the UK's best-selling national daily title.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Mashable partners with France 24 to launch French-language version, Mashable avec France 24, receives support from Google's innovation fund  —  Mashable launches French-language site with France 24  —  New site will be backed by the two companies, as well as receiving support …
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