Technology • Innovation • Publishing — Issue #120


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Technology to watch: Vokenization to train AI — visual for context plus language tokens

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HT Snapchat has quietly built a world-class AR ecommerce platform.

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An alarming visualization shows the odds that at least one Covid-positive person attends a given event. It should give us all pause about family plans.

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Ticketmaster is working on a post-pandemic fan safety plan that uses smart phones to verify vaccination status.

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Amazon Prime members in more than 4,000 cities across the U.S. can now receive deliveries directly inside their garages, with some eligible for grocery deliveries.

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The company showed off three new Mac computers Tuesday, all powered by its newly designed M1 chip.


It was just last week that Facebook introduced ephemeral messages in WhatsApp that disappear in seven days. Now the company is going a step further by introducing “Vanish Mode” for Messenger and Instagram, which will automatically delete text messages and media as soon as they are viewed and you leave the chat.

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Java has slipped out of the top two, leaving Python to occupy the spot behind reigning champion, C.

Publishing & Media

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Thousands of TVs in doctors’ offices across the US will now display video content from several Meredith brands, including People, Better Homes & Gardens, Shape, EatingWell, Parents & Health. The content will be curated from existing videos.


RT Today, we couldn’t be more excited to announce that we’re bringing our work to the USA — to support vulnerable children during the Covid-19 education crisis and beyond.

In its 1st week of operation after launching in the UK on 11/2, sold £440,000 (about $575,810) worth of books, earning £83,000 (about $108,620) for local bookstores and attracting 480K visitors to the website.


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Ad Age has been keeping a live blog tracking responses from brands, media companies and agencies as they take a stand against racism and social injustice.

RT How The Independent and Dennik N drive subscriptions with reader-centric metrics | Two news publishers rolled out data-led strategies to identify, engage and convert fly-by users into paying subscribers.

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TV is getting more digital, but commercials still tend to be firehoses aimed at wide swaths of people. A Nielsen ratings change could make some TV ads more targeted to you.

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RT Netflix is testing a new kind of streaming experience where shows are played, for everyone watching, at scheduled times and with no user choice about what to watch

Congratulations on inventing TV, Netflix

Spotify has acquired Megaphone, a podcast publishing and advertising company, for $235 million in cash from Graham Holdings.

Wondery, one of the country’s large podcast publishers, weighs a sale as it grapples with a federal investigation against its CEO and founder.


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Seems like creative marketing: Campbell Soup Company is offering Dinner Insurance, a pledge to deliver a fresh replacement to New York City residents living in Manhattan who mess up any side dish on Thanksgiving Day between noon and 5 p.m. ET.

Margrethe Vestager, a European Commission vice president, said Amazon was unfairly using data to box out smaller competitors.

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If there were any doubts about the health of China’s retail sector, the $74.1 billion in GMV transacted during Alibaba’s 2020 11.11 Global Shopping Festival should erase them.

Resources & Opportunities

RT Announcing the [Literary] Agents of Change Program! — “The mentorship program will serve historically underrepresented groups, particularly people of color.”

Sr Mgr, Content Applications, Penguin Random House * Innovation * Technology * Publishing * Opinions expressed are my own