Technology • Innovation • Publishing — Issue #200
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Virtual fashion try-ons at Cannes — with Snapchat — with runway looks from Balenciaga, Gucci, Stella McCartney, Dior and more. #AR
Cosmopolitan enlisted the artificial intelligence program Dall-E 2 to help design the cover for a new issue. #AI
Meta, Epic Games, NVIDIA, Microsoft, Sony, and others are coming together to agree upon open standards for the metaverse, via the newly-launched Metaverse Standards Forum. Missing are Apple, Alphabet, Roblox, Niantic, Snap, others.
The metaverse could be tech’s next trillion-dollar opportunity: These are the companies making it a reality — www.cbinsights.com
The metaverse is one of the hottest buzzwords in tech, and this far-reaching vision of a next-gen internet will rely upon an entire ecosystem of companies to make it a reality. We cut through the noise to explain what the metaverse is, how it’s being built, and who’s building it.
RT @PENamerica Researchers who depend on CrowdTangle — a tool used to find social media’s worst content — are worried about what happens when it goes away as Meta has been reducing its support for the product.
ICYMI A New York Times analysis of over 100,000 government bidding documents found that China’s ambition to collect digital and biological data from its citizens is more expansive and invasive than previously known.
ICYMI In a leaked Amazon memo, the company warns that it is running out of people to hire in the US. #Amazon
Publishing & Media
ICYMI For generations, America’s major publishers focused almost entirely on white readers. Now a new cadre of executives like Lisa Lucas is trying to open up the industry. #teamPRH
ICYMI Malik Muhammad, the owner of Malik Books, spoke about the importance of Black-owned bookstores.
17 days, 3 million people, 10 million euros of books sold at the Madrid Book Fair — up 2% over the last, pre-pandemic year of the fair in 2019.
Some good news: @bronxisreading won an award and is closer to bringing a children’s bookstore to the Bronx.
Barnes & Noble and the authors and publishers of “Gender Queer: A Memoir” and “A Court of Mist and Fury” respond to allegations that the books are obscene for children and should be restricted. #censorship
While we celebrate queer literature and history all year long at Lit Hub dot com, we also love a good book list.
Four writers and one bookseller gathered over Zoom to make a list devoted to fiction in which the city is more than mere setting.
Obamas’ Higher Ground Inks First-Look Deal With Audible After Ending Spotify Pact — variety.com
President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are going into business with Audible, the Amazon-owned audio storytelling platform.
Tribeca Enterprises will launch Tribeca Audio, a podcast network dedicated to curating audio content year-round
Tribeca Festival’s first podcast, ‘Tribeca Audio Premieres,’ will launch its first episode July 13. #podcasting
News Corp Australia’s new audience prediction technology will encourage journalists to change words and story angles to attract new subscribers
Newspaper publishers always want to learn more about readers. But how far will a publication go to get someone to pay? #journalism
Resources & Opportunities
Did you know that there’s a resource to find Black & Brown Book Designers? If you are looking for talent, check out https://bnbbookdesigners.com. If you are a Black or Brown Book Designer, use the hashtag #bnbbookdesigners & tag @bnbbookdesigners in your Instagram post.
…what it is
…why it matters
and lots of resources: books, videos, courses, articles, etc. which I will be periodically updating.
RT @wordisdiversity Register today for the 2022 [margins.] Literary Conference + Festival. Join us to learn from agents, publishers, authors, editors, journalists and more publishing industry experts through agent pitch sessions, panels, workshops, meetups, & more. #amwriting #writers #margins
Free virtual event for Members of BookMachine or WMG — bookmachine.org
Meet, mingle and chat online with BookMachine and Women’s Media Group members on Tuesday 28th June, from 6–7pm BST (1–2pm EST)!
HT @AshleyAlese If you’re a news publisher serving an underrepresented audience anywhere in the world, apply to the News Equity Fund until 7/21.
RT @runforsomething We’re not letting go of our reproductive rights without a fight — but we need you in this battle with us. Protect our right to choose by running for state or local office. We can show you how.
RT @EFF Dear employees at tech companies — here’s what you can do RIGHT NOW to protect the data of abortion seekers and providers.
Via @wired Most people don’t think about abortion until they need one. But with the right to access under threat, the time to plan is now.
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