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12:35 PM ET, May 24, 2016


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Todd Sherman / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter won't count photos, videos, @names in replies toward 140 characters “in the coming months”, will allow self-retweets, touts improved onboarding metrics  —  Over the past decade, the Tweet has evolved from a simple 140-character text message to a rich canvas …
Colin Stretch / Facebook Newsroom:
Facebook responds to GOP Sen. Thune on Trending Topics, says investigation found no systematic bias, cannot rule out unintentional bias, plans improvements  —  Last week we met with Chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee John Thune to describe our investigation in response …
Thomas C. Rubin / Slate:
Facebook's Trending Topics Are None of the Senate's Business
Discussion: Computerworld and Fortune
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Starting in September, Netflix will be exclusive US pay TV home for new releases from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar  —  Netflix's exclusive deal with Disney for pay-TV window rights to the Mouse House's movie titles in the U.S. will commence in September.
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Facebook buys VR audio company Two Big Ears and debuts “Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation”, a free software suite for designing spatial audio  —  Today Facebook announced it's acquired Two Big Ears, a spatial audio technology company, for an undisclosed sum.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Nick Denton speculates that Silicon Valley funding is behind Hulk Hogan lawsuit and two new cases against Gawker  —  At first, Nick Denton, the founder of Gawker Media, thought it an unlikely conspiracy theory.  —  Now, he's starting to believe it himself.
Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
Sumner Redstone names Tad Jankowski, Jill Krutick to National Amusements board of directors, replacing Philippe Dauman and George Abrams  —  Sumner Redstone has officially replaced Philippe Dauman and George Abrams in the Sumner M. Redstone Irrevocable Trust.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Continuous Live Video removes 90 min. limit on streams, but does not allow for replay or rewind, lets broadcasters target viewers by location and age  —  Live mobile video is evolving beyond selfie-stream rants and citizen journalism.  Facebook will now allow non-stop …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Networks are trying to lure audiences back from streaming services like Netflix by offering viewers on-demand access to current shows  —  Putting episodes on VOD after they air keeps fans engaged  —  With live viewership of most U.S. TV channels in decline, the most-watched networks …
Discussion: VideoNuze Analysis
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Washington Post management disputes methodology of NewsGuild study of the Post that found white male reporters out-earn others by average of 20%  —  One of the findings in a just-released salary analysis by the Washington-Baltimore NewsGuild could lift an eyebrow or two in journalistic circles …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Many senior Daily Telegraph staff members fired, including deputy editor Liz Hunt  —  String of senior staff cuts follow announcement that publisher is seeking to reduce costs  —  The Telegraph has started a round of targeted cuts of senior newsroom staff including deputy editor Liz Hunt …
Alex Hern / Guardian:
How the misuse of copyright law enabled a negative review thread about a building firm to be delisted by Google  —  When Annabelle Narey posted a negative review of a building firm on Mumsnet, the last thing on her mind was copyright infringement  —  Writing a bad review online has always run …
Discussion: Techdirt
Salon CEO Cindy Jeffers is leaving, will be replaced by media executive Jordan Hoffner  —  Salon CEO Cindy Jeffers is leaving the company, POLITICO has learned.  —  She is being replaced as CEO by veteran media executive Jordan Hoffner, who worked at NBC and Google before founding the investment firm TCP Advisors.
Discussion: FishbowlNY and @msteib
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