Technology • Innovation • Publishing — Issue #196
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Google working on #AI for complex searches, such as “I’ve hiked Mt. Adams and now want to hike Mt. Fuji next fall, what should I do differently to prepare?” — see how they break it down.
Scientists have improved their ability to send quantum information across distant computers — and have taken another step toward the network of the future.
HT @neilperkin Microsoft is working on an enterprise “industrial metaverse,” which includes the ability to “model anything physical or logical, from simple devices or products to complex environments.” #metaverse
Second Life has >600K MAUs after 20 yrs. This journalist has been embedded for almost the whole time + has lessons for the metaverse. All the big challenges + complex social structures of real life get “re-created in weird ways in a digital, social space”
Google Imagen (like DALL-E) is a text-to-image generator tool that uses AI to figure out what you want and produces photorealistic output. #AI
Oura, the startup that’s pushing the limits of how small a wearable can be, just announced a collaboration that could boost its profile considerably.
HT @neilperkin The UK Govt Office for Sci created a guide on #SystemsThinking, incl how to use it to drive improved outcomes in complex situations. It incorporates an introduction to ST, useful frameworks and tools, and a case study bank.
Amazon.com Inc said it had opened its first brick-and-mortar clothing retail store, as people start to venture out to shop following easing COVID-19 curbs.
Cryptocurrency donations may offer donors more privacy, but nonprofits could face questions over persistent concerns about the environmental impact and transparency.
EBay is launching 13 limited-edition NFT collectibles, each of which contains a 3-D animated rendering of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky’s famous moves on the ice.
The deal would be one of the largest technology acquisitions of all time.
Publishing & Media
Book subscriptions are showing little sign of slowing down after their boom during lockdown, those behind the services say, despite a spike in the cost of living
How the Publishing World Is Muscling In on Hollywood Deals: For Authors, “The Future Is Multihyphenate”
HT @publishingtrend Lit agencies and publishers are changing the rules and shortening the page-to-screen pipeline.
Findings from Kyla Zhao’s survey for publishing professionals about their work conditions and the publisher-author relationship
HT @publishingtrend Patronised, pigeonholed and ignored, women over 45 are buoying up book sales but are rarely consulted or celebrated in publishing.
The Argentine capital has always been bookish. When hard times shuttered the big chain shops, book purveyors found a way to keep residents in fresh reading material.
Condé Nast is building a Web3 team to be at “forefront of culture” — www.voguebusiness.com
Vogue publisher Condé Nast has launched a dedicated Web3 team, spearheaded by director of new business innovation Ciara Byrne. Key areas of opportunity include extended storytelling creator partnerships and member perks.
The Disappearing Title of Magazine Editor in Chief — wwd.com
As the media landscape continues to evolve, so too do the titles.
Maison Elle is positioned as an affordable brand, and Elle Hotel is billed as a high-end hospitality concept.
MT @michellemanafy Multiple editorial leaders emphasized their perception of inclusive coverage not as a niche, but rather a lens to be applied across all reporting.
HT @BISG Facebook & Google influence the structure of the entire digital media environment. How do they exercise this power, how have news organizations responded, + what does this development mean for the production and circulation of news? #NewsBusiness
SiriusXM to Air Audio Versions of Some MasterClass Sessions — www.hollywoodreporter.com
SiriusXM is partnering with MasterClass to bring audio versions of sessions hosted by Bob Iger, Hillary Clinton, RuPaul, Issa Rae, and more.
Podcasting has become an increasing focus for @NPR, with netting 107 million downloads a month. That figure marks a 55% increase on 2015 when it reported receiving 69 million.
Bloomberg Media and iHeartMedia are releasing five podcast shows this year, part of a three-year co-production and distribution podcast deal to create over a dozen new original shows. #podcasting
Conan O’Brien’s Podcast Company Sells to SiriusXM in Deal Valued Around $150 Million — www.wsj.com
The sale of Team Coco comes as audio companies make deals with podcasters with large followings
Substack to Move Beyond Email Newsletters: Substack aims to build a “true alternative to the attention economy” while expanding into podcasts and videos. “We’ll see more formats.”
Resources & Opportunities
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MT @irin On the cover of the latest @nymag: This Magazine Will Help You Get An Abortion. A wildly ambitious, incredibly useful, regularly updated access map and much more practical reporting from @thecut, with an introduction from @irin.
RT @VICENews More than half of the people who live in the United States will likely not be able to make critical health care decisions by the November midterms. Millions may not be able to access reproductive care, including but not limited to abortion.
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