Technology • Innovation • Publishing — Issue #115
RT @Pogue If this works, it’s just nuts. Nvidia has come up with a video compression algorithm that lets you do Zoom calls with a tiny fraction of the bandwidth usually required. Could be a game-changer for people with poor internet connections. (Via @chrismessina!)
Cooler Screens, a tech startup that replaces refrigerator doors with digital advertising displays, has raised about $80 million.
Former world champion Vladimir Kramnik teaming up w/ Alphabet’s AI lab DeepMind, makers of AlphaZero, to test variants on chess that can jolt players into creative patterns and restore some of the human art to chess. #AI
The problem is that the Public Health England developers picked an old file format to do this — known as XLS. As a consequence, each template could handle only about 65K rows of data rather than the 1M-plus rows that Excel is actually capable of. The error meant that although those who tested positive were told about their results, their close contacts were not traced.
Publishing & Media
Silicon Valley Drama From Pete Nowalk & Joanna Coles Gets ABC Production Commitment — deadline.com
ABC has given a production commitment to Valley Of the Gods, a drama from How To Get Away With Murder creator/executive producer Pete Nowalk, The Bold Type executive producer Joanna Coles and ABC Studios.
RT @DCNorg The likes of Spotify see a chance to differentiate in a world where all music services offer access to roughly the same product.
HT @mediagazer European magazine publisher Bonnier has reached a deal to hand over U.S. titles Saveur, Popular Science, Field & Stream and others to North Equity LLC as it moves to exit US media market.
Japan’s Uzabase expects to sell the business news site for far less than the $86 million it paid, reflecting in part the impact of the pandemic.
Google plans to turn YouTube into a major e-commerce hub — adage.com
The goal is to convert YouTube’s bounty of videos into a vast catalog of items that viewers can peruse, click on and buy directly.
The U.S. Department of Labor last week initiated a probe against Microsoft over its June announcement to increase representation of Black people in its workforce, according to a Tuesday blog post from the tech giant, a continuation of the Trump administration’s adversity to diversity efforts and racial and ethnic education. As a federal contractor, Microsoft is subject to certain requirements from the department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), which is investigating the company over unlawful discrimination on the basis of race under the Civil Rights Act.
Apple removed nearly 30,000 apps from its Chinese App Store due to the apps lacking an official license from local regulators.
RT @Yelp Now, when a business gains attention for reports of racist conduct, Yelp will place a new Business Accused of Racist Behavior Alert on their Yelp page to inform users, along with a link to a news article where they can learn more.
Resources & Opportunities
MT @maureenjohnson A letter was circulated around North American publishing circles to support trans and non-binary folx. It is a companion to one released in the UK. Authors, publishers, editors, agents, and other publishing professionals have signed. Letters do not fix things. They are designed to a) show support and b) bring awareness to an issue. In this case, the issue is transphobia in the publishing discourse and community. DM @maureenjohnson to add your name.
RT @sljournal Join Cicely Lewis @cicelythegreat at the #SLJSummit. The 2020 School Librarian of the Year and founder of Read Woke will discuss her program Woke Wednesdays and teaching students about voting Oct. 24
READMarathon is a friendly 26.2 day reading challenge that, begins on October 6th and runs through November 1st, focusing on reading stamina.
Bid to have a character named after you in the next novel by Kate White, New York Times bestselling suspense author, plus meet with Kate via Zoom. To support Women’s Media Group scholarships to help diverse women enter media & publishing. @WMG_NYC