RT @ChrisMayer_WP “Leaders who think about the future but then focus exclusively on sustaining or efficiency improvements may believe they have a long-term vision and strategy, but often what they have is a glorified operating plan.” @InnosightTeam
Google announced a few updates to Live View, the augmented reality walking directions in its Google Maps app that officially launched last year. Live View uses your phone’s camera and GPS to tell you exactly where to go.
Researchers achieve fastest-ever internet speed that could download all of Netflix in one second — www.independent.co.uk
Increased speeds required to match growing amounts of data, researchers note
Walmart pilot program (in partnership w/ Zipline) for medical supply drone delivery starting in Arkansas in early 2021.
ICYMI Amazon announces new cloud gaming service called Luna — $5.99/mo. Will be avail on PC, Mac, Fire TV, and iPhone and iPad (via web apps), w an Android version planned for after launch #gaming
In an interesting development in the wake of a bias controversy over its cropping algorithm, Twitter has said it’s considering giving users decision-making power over how tweet previews look, saying it wants to decrease its reliance on machine learning-based image cropping. #twitter #bias
Facebook has taken its biggest step yet in integrating its various messaging platforms, allowing select users on Facebook Messenger and Instagram to message one another app to app. #Facebook #Instagram
YouTube is about to age-restrict way more videos — www.theverge.com
YouTube is rolling out more artificial intelligence-powered technology to catch more videos that may require age restrictions, meaning more viewers will be asked to sign into their accounts to verify their age before watching.
The music streaming giant is poised to enter the audiobook market. Here’s what that means for publishers. #audiobooks
Audiobook Subscriptions: Audible and Podimo Join Storytel in Spain — publishingperspectives.com
Spain’s audiobook subscription market is growing fast, with the launch of Podimo and Audible, in competition with Storytel.
Alphabet Inc.’s Google will start paying select media outlets to display curated content on its news app in a concession to the industry which has accused the search engine and other tech giants of unfairly using content for years. #google
RT @meknyc This Executive Order undermines important investments agencies are trying to make at a time when many Americans are asking what they, and the industry, can do to create a more diverse and equitable workplace. #equity #inclusion #diversity
Bookstores Need More than Hope. They Need Sales. And Soon. — www.publishersweekly.com
Despite expanding their services during the most challenging time for retailers in recent memory, booksellers enter the holiday season worried about forces beyond their control.
Libraries respond to coronavirus with book bikes and virtual festivals — www.nationalgeographic.com
Read about book bikes, bibliophile hotels, outdoor story times, and other ways libraries are reacting to COVID-19.
Beacon Press Increases Entry-Level Wages to $44.6K — www.publishersweekly.com
Beacon Press has increased its entry-level salaries to $44,600 a year, an increase of $9,000, making it the highest baseline wage in publishing to have been publicly announced thus far.
BookClub, a Salt Lake City, UT-based platform created to scale author-led book clubs, raised $6m in seed funding
The Condé Nast Technology Lab will open later this week starting with a few dozen engineers, with plans to expand headcount for product, design and engineering to over 300 by the end of 2021.
Complex Networks made millions selling products like hot sauce, and now it’s applying that playbook to other brands
The company is starting a new agency, Climate, to help other brands make physical and digital products.
Resources & Opportunities
Women’s Media Group Virtual Event 10/8 6pm ET — Is There Still Sex in the City? Only $15 and includes a free book (while supplies last)
Keep calm — there is still Sex in the City! According to @CandaceBushnell. Through her books and television series, Candace’s work has influenced and defined two generations of women. There’s no better time than the wacky year of 2020 to hear what she has to say about all things sex, dating, friendship, and fierce feminism in a New York minute! The first 75 people who sign up will receive a copy of her book, Is There Still Sex in the City? (Grove Press). @WMG_NYC
For BIPOC who are interested in kid lit as a profession.
RT @BIPOC_Bookshelf Calling All BIPOC Agents & Editors: We are curating a list! If you’d like to be included or want more info, please visit http://bipocbookshelf.com or https://forms.gle/Y2aDKe1Lr2RvUP8A9… Feel free to share the links or this post with your colleagues & friends. Thank you! #BIPOCBookshelf
RT @DVpit_ are you all getting excited for #DVpit? well you can test out those pitches at our practice session using the hashtag #PreDV on Oct 13! hosted by @KatCho! see https://dvpit.com/resources for more details!
Call for Mentors for Disabled Creatives (DC) Universe, a mentorship program for disabled and neurodiverse writers/illustrators
RT @BethanyMangle So excited to introduce Disabled Creatives (DC) Universe, a mentorship program for disabled and neurodiverse writers/illustrators. We’re seeking traditionally published/rep’d authors as mentors. We plan to open applications in January. DM me or @disabledmentors for more info.
RT @MargotAtwell Publishing and comics friends, I’m hiring a Director of Publishing Outreach to work with me at @kickstarter — check this out and apply through the website. We especially encourage BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disabled folks to apply.
RT @draccah We have a new role for someone who wants to join an amazing team!! We’re looking for a great Director of Online Sales. Learn more or Jobvite a friend. (and please pass it on) Thanks!!