Technology • Innovation • Publishing — Issue #183


Apple acquired a startup called AI Music that uses artificial intelligence to generate tailor-made music

YouTube Plans to Make Gaming Videos Immersive in Metaverse Push

The Great Resignation gives birth to digital employees powered by AI, ML, and RPA


Meta metaverse app could pose danger for kids

Metaverse real estate sales top $500 million, and are projected to double this year

The Sick, Refreshing Honesty of Web3

Fancy an NFT with your Happy Meal? 🍟McDonald’s is planning to open restaurants in the metaverse

Pew Research report about improving the internet by the year 2035

Amazon, Other Potential Suitors Explore Peloton Deal

Microsoft: Key Office apps will block macros by default

Publishing & Media

A Bug in Early Creative Commons Licenses Has Enabled a New Breed of Superpredator

A Merger in Self-Publishing: Draft2Digital’s Acquisition of Smashwords

How Yiddish Scholars Are Rescuing Women’s Novels From Obscurity

Well-Read Black Girl to help launch new literary series

Hachette Livre Acquires Remaining share capital of Bragelonne and Bragelonne Games

Libraries Are More Popular Than Ever and Library Workers Don’t Earn Livable Wages: The State of U.S. Public Libraries

‘Adults are banning books, but they’re not asking our opinions’: meet the teens of the Banned Book Club

Barry Diller’s media group IAC’s Dotdash is set to shut down print publication of 6 Meredith magazines: Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, EatingWell, Health, Parents, and People en Español w 200 job cuts.

Forbes gets $200M from crypto exchange Binance, a company currently banned in the UK that sued Forbes in 2020

An incomplete history of as a platform for scams, grift, and bad journalism

Business Newsletter Industry Dive Is on Pace to Break $100 Million in Revenue

Three comedians and the estates of Robin Williams and George Carlin sue SiriusXM’s Pandora for allegedly offering their recordings for years sans full licensing

Washington Post creates 70 newsroom jobs as it plans to enhance health, tech and climate coverage

UK regional newspaper publisher Newsquest is in exclusive talks to merge with rival publisher Archant

Resources & Opportunities

Creative Nonfiction Grant

Generate ad/content video ideas

NYers can pick up free covid at-home test kits at libraries and cultural institutions around the five boroughs

Free, WMG Members-Only New Member Social 2/16 noon

  • Dominique Raccah (Moderator), CEO of Sourcebooks
  • Jennifer Goldstein, Head of Books at A Kids Book About
  • Lavaille Lavette, President & Publisher at Ebony Magazine Publishing
  • Cindy Spiegel, Partner and CEO at Spiegel & Grau




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

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

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