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Amazon has landed the rights to stream Thursday night NFL games next season, Recode reports, giving Amazon Prime subscribers around the world access to the 10 Thursday-night games on mobile or on a smart TV.

The tech giant is reportedly paying $50 million for distribution rights, 5x what Twitter paid last year. The contract is a huge win for Amazon, which lost out in 2016, despite reportedly outbidding Twitter by $5 million. Amazon won't have exclusive rights to the content, however; as CBS and NBC will also be able to stream the games they broadcast on their digital platforms.

Why it matters: Twitter says each game they live-streamed last season drew an average of 3.5 million unique viewers. While Twitter only saw marginal revenue gains for the quarter, the deal helped establish their presence in the live content space. Amazon is also hoping a major sports broadcasting deal will help them win future live and scripted TV content deals.

Live sports are big: Social and streaming companies are brokering content deals in an attempt to eat into the $72 billion U.S. TV ad market. They're going after sports deals for their live-streaming platforms because unlike most TV content, sports are still viewed live (per comScore, 90% of sports games are watched live, as opposed to 71% of dramas).

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Dominion sends cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell

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Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sent a cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell over his spread of misinformation related to the 2020 election.

Why it matters: Trump and several of his allies have pushed false conspiracy theories about the company, leading Dominion to take legal action. It's suing pro-Trump lawyer Sydney Powell for defamation and $1.3 billion in damages, and a Dominion employee has sued Trump himself, OANN and Newsmax.

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 5: Trump vs. Gina — The president becomes increasingly rash and devises a plan to tamper with the nation's intelligence command.

In his final weeks in office, after losing the election to Joe Biden, President Donald Trump embarked on a vengeful exit strategy that included a hasty and ill-thought-out plan to jam up CIA Director Gina Haspel by firing her top deputy and replacing him with a protege of Republican Congressman Devin Nunes.

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