Technology • Innovation • Publishing — Issue #196


MUM: A new AI milestone for understanding information

‘Quantum Internet’ Inches Closer With Advance in Data Teleportation
Scientists have improved their ability to send quantum information across distant computers — and have taken another step toward the network of the future.

Microsoft readies its latest ‘industrial metaverse’ pitch

Second Life’s Mistakes Should Inform Today’s Metaverse

Oura collaborated with Gucci to make an 18 carat gold smart ring

Introduction to systems thinking


Amazon opens first physical fashion retail store

U.S. abortion rights threat fuels jump in crypto donations

There are NFTs hidden in Netflix’s latest hit series

EBay is entering the NFT business, with an assist from hockey legend Wayne Gretzky
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.

Apple’s upcoming iOS 16 is poised to upgrade lock screens, messaging and health features

Broadcom announces plans to buy VMware in $61B deal
The deal would be one of the largest technology acquisitions of all time.

Publishing & Media

Utah Attorney General Provides Legal Framework to Fight Book Bans

Is BookTok Changing the Way We Talk About Books?

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

Kakao Merges Tapas Media Into Radish

How the Publishing World Is Muscling In on Hollywood Deals: For Authors, “The Future Is Multihyphenate”

Kyla Zhao’s newsletter: What publishing staff hope authors will know
Findings from Kyla Zhao’s survey for publishing professionals about their work conditions and the publisher-author relationship

Women over 45 love books — it’s time the book trade loved them back

Through a Recession and a Pandemic, the Book Business Is Thriving in Buenos Aires
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.

Supply chains are never returning to ‘normal’

Fashion magazine Elle launches two hotel brands
Maison Elle is positioned as an affordable brand, and Elle Hotel is billed as a high-end hospitality concept.

Hearst Plans Debut of E-Commerce Platform

How can publishers respond to the power of platforms?

Podcasting and NPR

Bloomberg Media will debut five new podcasts with iHeartMedia this year

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

90% of Americans Want Lawmakers to Take Steps to Prevent Gun Violence: Poll

42 States Have Considered or Passed Anti-Abortion or Anti-Trans Laws This Year

Then and Now: The Fight for Reproductive Freedom

NYC’s Lower East Side Pride Book Crawl Returns in June

Yu and Me Books



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Kathy Sandler

Kathy Sandler

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