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Some industry stories we’re following this week:

  • The Big News: Hillary Clinton announces her 2016 presidential campaign via social media, followed by Marco Rubio a day later (The Huffington Post) and ESPN reporter Britt McHenry is suspended for a week after video of her bad-mouth outburst with a towing attendant goes viral (NBC News)
  • Apps Radar: The New York Times announces its app NYT Now will relaunch as a free product with new features on May 11 including an expanded iPhone team devoted to mobile offerings. Additionally, The Times will be on Apple Watch when the device becomes available to the public on April 24 (The New York Times) and The Wall Street Journal will reveal a website redesign on April 21, its first in seven years, with an Apple Watch news application as well (Capital)
  • Time to Reboot: Former Dateline NBC series To Catch a Predator host Chris Hansen launches a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new hidden camera show tentatively titled Predator vs. Hansen. Help catch the bad guys by contributing to production costs here.
  • Stats & Studies: Season 5 of Game of Thrones premiered this week with 8 million viewers coinciding with HBO Now app (Entertainment Weekly)
  • Lists We Like: TIME magazine releases its annual TIME 100 list consisting of the 100 most influential people in the world that includes Kanye West, Reese Witherspoon, Laverne Cox, Kevin Hart, Jorge Ramos and Taylor Swift (TIME) and StatSocial ranks the most influential political journalists and bloggers in social media (POLITICO)
  • What’s Next:  Colorado Springs radio station KREL-AM has switched its format from sports to marijuana talk with programming related to medical and recreational marijuana as well as alternative medicine and yoga (The Gazette); Publisher HarperCollins reached a distribution deal with Amazon to sell its books in print and digital (USA Today); National Geographic upfront includes Breakthrough, a six-part docu-series executive produced by Ron Howard focusing on science and innovation (The Wrap); and The Late Show with David Letterman announces upcoming guests for its last month with Letterman which includes Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Jerry Seinfeld. Letterman’s last show will air May 20 with Stephen Colbert as new host on Sept. 8 (CNN)

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