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New venture firm The-Wolfpack takes a fresh approach to D2C startups

The-Wolfpack’s co-founders, Toh Jin Wei, Tan Kok Chin and Simon Nichols (Image Credit: The-Wolfpack) The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the consumer, leisure and media companies hard, but a new venture firm called The-Wolfpack is still very upbeat on those sectors. Based in Singapore, the firm was founded by former managing directors at GroupM, one of the world’s largest advertising and media companies, and plans to work very closely with each of its portfolio companies. Its name was chosen becaus...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Media, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, Leisure, Thailand, Venture Capital, Groupm, Nichols, Wolfpack, D2C


Facebook Experiments With Being Less Awful, Says Not to Get Used to It or Anything

Has Facebook learned jack shit from the past few nightmare years? Not really, per a report in the New York Times on Tuesday. Facebook only started giving more weight to reputable publishers in the News Feed days after the 2020 election and doesn’t plan on making that a long-term thing. Executives on its policy team…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elections, Science, Technology, Media, Social Media, Facebook Algorithm, Content Moderation, 2020 Election, New York Times on Tuesday Facebook


Netflix removes ‘Chappelle’s Show’ at Dave Chappelle’s request

Netflix started streaming “Chappelle’s Show” at the beginning of November — but barely more than three weeks later, it has taken the Comedy Central sketch show off its service. Co-creator Dave Chappelle offered some context for the decision in an Instagram clip of what appears to be a recent standup set, in which described any company streaming the show as “fencing stolen goods.” Not that he’s accusing Comedy Central of violating its deal with him. Instead, it’s the contract that he’s crit...
Tags: Hbo, Media, Entertainment, Tech, Netflix, Cbs, Dave Chappelle, Chappelle


Ignore the social media echo chambers

Bernard Moon Contributor Share on Twitter Bernard Moon is co-founder and partner at SparkLabs Group, a graduate of Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs and is an alumni of the Coro Fellowship. More posts by this contributor Cultivated data is the next Gold Rush Dilution: The good, the bad and the ugly After Election Day, NPR, The Washington Post and various blogs described Amer...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Column, Media, Obamacare, Obama, Washington Post, Opinion, Government, America, Social Media, Tech, Joe Biden, Netflix, Atlantic, House


Following its acquisition by BuzzFeed, HuffPost shuts down its Brazil and India editions

HuffPost is becoming part of BuzzFeed, but HuffPost India and HuffPost Brasil will not be making the transition — both sites are shutting down today. “Today is @huffpostIndia’s last day,” tweeted the team’s editor in chief Aman Sethi. “Pound for pound, story for story, reporter for reporter, this is the greatest newsroom I have worked for; (and I still can’t quite believe I had the privilege to lead)[.] Thank you everyone for reading our stories and supporting our journalism.” Last week, B...
Tags: Media, Buzzfeed, India, Tech, Brazil, Jonah Peretti, HuffPost, HuffPost India, Max Tani, HuffPost Brazil, Maxwell Tani, Verizon Media, BuzzFeed HuffPost, HuffPost Brasil, Aman Sethi Pound


The downfall of adtech means the trust economy is here

Richard Jones Contributor Share on Twitter Richard is CMO of Cheetah Digital, a cross-channel customer engagement solution provider. As an expert in zero-party data, he is committed to helping brands provide a value exchange with consumers through the lifecycle in return for consumer attention, engagement and loyalty. 2020 has brought about much-needed social movements. In June, activists launched the Stop Hate for Profit cam...
Tags: Social, Verizon, Facebook, Column, Media, Advertising Tech, California, Opinion, Marketing, America, Social Media, Tech, Starbucks, Richard, Meredith, Forrester


The downfall of ad tech means the trust economy is here

Richard Jones Contributor Share on Twitter Richard is CMO of Cheetah Digital, a cross-channel customer engagement solution provider. As an expert in zero-party data, he is committed to helping brands provide a value exchange with consumers through the lifecycle in return for consumer attention, engagement and loyalty. 2020 has brought about much-needed social movements. In June, activists launched the Stop Hate for Profit cam...
Tags: Social, Verizon, Facebook, Column, Media, Advertising Tech, California, Opinion, Marketing, America, Social Media, Tech, Starbucks, Richard, Meredith, Forrester


Netflix says ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ is setting viewership records

“The Queen’s Gambit” is setting viewership records at Netflix, the streaming service said today. Like all the viewership data that Netflix has released this year, these new numbers reflect how many people “chose to watch” — in other words, how many people watched at least two minutes of a given show or movie. In the case of “The Queen’s Gambit,” the number is 62 million households for the first 28 days of release, making it Netflix’s most popular scripted limited series ever. You may have not...
Tags: Media, Entertainment, Tech, Netflix, New York Times, Soviet Union, Beth, Walter Tevis, The Queen's Gambit, Scott Frank, Queen 's Gambit, Peter Friedlander


Save 25% on annual Extra Crunch membership with the Green Days sale

The holiday season is upon us, and that means big savings on Extra Crunch membership with the Green Days sale. From now until November 30, TechCrunch readers can save 25% on an annual plan for Extra Crunch.  You can claim the deal here . Extra Crunch helps you spot technology trends and opportunities, build better startups, get ahead at your job, and stay connected to a growing community of founders, investors, and startup teams. It features thousands of articles, including weekly invest...
Tags: TC, Media, Tech, Subscriptions, Extra Crunch, AWS Crunchbase, Green Days


Inside BuzzFeed and HuffPost's tie-up

Hi! Welcome to the Insider Advertising daily for November 23. I'm Lauren Johnson, a senior advertising reporter at Business Insider. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Send me feedback or tips at [email protected]'s news: Inside BuzzFeed and HuffPost's tie-up, Bain & Co.'s bet on marketing, and Sports Illustrated-branded CBD cream. UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage takes part in a BuzzFeed News and Facebook live EU referendum debate o...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Nordstrom, Hbo, UK, Media, Buzzfeed, Advertising, Marketing, Trends, Eu, Larry Page, Digital Media, Nigel Farage, New York Times, Sergey Brin


Original Content podcast: ‘The Crown’ introduces its Princess Diana

“The Crown,” Netflix’s lavish historical drama about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, has returned for a fourth season that focuses on Elizabeth’s relationship with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and on Prince Charles’ troubled marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales. We’ve had conflicting opinions about the show’s past seasons, and the new season hasn’t exactly settled those disagreements, as we explain on the latest episode of the Original Content podcast. Anthony and (especially) Jordan re...
Tags: Apple, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Wales, Tech, Netflix, Margaret Thatcher, Prince Charles, Diana, Gillian Anderson, Jordan, Anthony, Elizabeth Ii, Thatcher, Elizabeth


Facebook condemned for hosting neo-Nazi network with UK links

Tech giant criticised for failing to act after being told two years ago about extremist activity on its platformA white supremacist network with more than 80,000 followers and links to the UK far right, including a student charged with terrorist offences, is being hosted by Facebook and Instagram, putting the world’s largest social media company under fresh pressure to tackle extremism.The network, which includes more than 40 neo-Nazi sites, offers merchandise including NaziSS symbols and sticke...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, UK, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Race, Social Media, UK News, World news, Ukraine, Digital Media, Wisconsin, The far right, Nazi


Hulu UX teardown: 5 user experience fails and how to fix them

Hulu is the first major streaming platform to offer a social watching experience. And with most major league sports now being allowed to resume behind closed doors, Hulu’s combined proposition with ESPN will likely help entertain the service’s 30+ million users over the winter months. But users have a surplus in choice of streaming services right now, so how will Hulu stay competitive? With the help of UX expert Peter Ramsey from Built for Mars, we’re going to give Hulu an Extra Crunch ...
Tags: TC, Video, Media, Developer, Entertainment, Tech, User Experience, Espn, Ux, Mars, Hulu, Usability, Steve, Streaming Services, Peter Ramsey


SCOTT GALLOWAY: The TV business model is eroding. With the acquisition of an iconic network like CNN, companies like Netflix or Twitter could reshape the future of news.

Cable subscriptions for TV news have steadily decreased in recent years. Scott Olson/Getty Images Scott Galloway is a bestselling author and professor of marketing at NYU Stern. The following is his recent blog post, republished with permission. It originally ran on his blog, "No Mercy / No Malice." As TV news and cable viewerships decline, Galloway says platforms like CNN have a chance to bridge the digital divide and avoid depending solely on advertising revenue. He says CNN could work w...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Hbo, News, Media, Time Warner, Cable, Youtube, Opinion, John Oliver, Disney, NFL, America


Apple TV Relents And Allows “Charlie Brown Christmas” To Air On TV

On Wednesday, Apple bowed to the backlash, announcing it had teamed up with PBS for ad-free broadcasts of “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” (on Nov. 22) and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (on Dec. 13). – PBS
Tags: Apple, Art, Media, Pbs, 11.18.20


Apple accuses Facebook of 'disregard for user privacy'

Criticism made as Apple pushes ahead with transparency feature disliked by advertisersApple has criticised Facebook for trying to “collect as much data as possible” from users, saying it will push ahead with its planned launch of a new privacy feature despite objections from the advertising industry.The company’s director of global privacy, Jane Horvath, made the criticism in a letter to a coalition of privacy groups, reassuring them that the feature, which will require users to actively allow d...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Apps, Technology, Media, Privacy, Social Networking, Internet, Advertising, World news, Computing, Internet Safety, Jane Horvath


Daily Crunch: Verizon sells HuffPost to BuzzFeed

HuffPost has a new owner, Facebook says its misinformation-fighting AI is getting smarter and Affirm files to go public. This is your Daily Crunch for November 19, 2020. The big story: Verizon sells HuffPost to BuzzFeed TechCrunch’s parent company Verizon Media has sold HuffPost. This is part of a larger deal that also includes an investment in BuzzFeed, a content syndication agreement, potential advertising collaboration and more. BuzzFeed co-founder and CEO Jonah Peretti was actually one ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, Facebook, South Korea, Europe, Media, Buzzfeed, India, US, Tech, Joe Biden, Aol, Biden, Jonah Peretti, Huffington Post


'Wonder Woman 1984' will stream the same day it hits theaters and could open the door for 'Black Widow' and other tentpole movies to follow

"Wonder Woman 1984" Warner Bros. "Wonder Woman 1984" will begin streaming on HBO Max for a month starting December 25, the same day it hits theaters where they are open. The move could push other studios to embrace streaming for tentpole movies, including Marvel's "Black Widow," as coronavirus cases surge throughout the US. A source familiar with Disney's thinking said that "everything is in consideration" for Disney Plus. Some analysts argue that this is the result of abnormal times, but ...
Tags: Apple, Hollywood, Media, Entertainment, Disney, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Analysis, Netflix, James Bond, Streaming, Amc Theatres, Warner Bros, Bond, Comscore


BuzzFeed acquires HuffPost

HuffPost has a new owner, with its current parent company Verizon Media reaching an agreement to sell the site to BuzzFeed. The Wall Street Journal broke the news and described this as a stock deal. Verizon Media is also making an investment in BuzzFeed and becoming a minority shareholder in the digital media company. The deal also includes an agreement to syndicate content between the two companies while collaborating on advertising and creating a joint innovation group to explore other m...
Tags: Media, Yahoo, Buzzfeed, Tech, Aol, Jonah Peretti, Huffington Post, HuffPost, Peretti, Verizon Verizon, Lydia Polgreen, Verizon Media, Gowrappan, TechCrunch Tim Armstrong, Million Huffington Post Acquisition


‘Wonder Woman 1984’ is coming to HBO Max (and some US theaters) on Dec. 25

Although COVID-19 is surging in the United States and around the world, Warner Bros. still plans to release “Wonder Woman 1984” on Christmas Day — but its plans are are no longer limited to a theatrical release. Director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot both posted tweets last night announcing that in in the United States, the film will be released simultaneously in theaters and on WarnerMedia’s streaming service HBO Max. “THE TIME HAS COME,” Jenkins wrote. “At some point you have to choose to s...
Tags: Hbo, Christopher Nolan, Hollywood, Media, Entertainment, Disney, US, Tech, United States, Warner Bros, Pixar, Gal Gadot, Conan O Brien, Jenkins, Tenet, Patty Jenkins


‘Wonder Woman 1984’ is coming to HBO Max (and some U.S. theaters) on Dec. 25

Although COVID-19 is surging in the United States and around the world, Warner Bros. still plans to release “Wonder Woman 1984” on Christmas Day — but its plans are are no longer limited to a theatrical release. Director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot both posted tweets last night announcing that in in the United States, the film will be released simultaneously in theaters and on WarnerMedia’s streaming service HBO Max. “THE TIME HAS COME,” Jenkins wrote. “At some point you have to choose to s...
Tags: Hbo, Christopher Nolan, Hollywood, Media, Entertainment, Disney, Tech, United States, Warner Bros, Pixar, Gal Gadot, Conan O Brien, Jenkins, Tenet, Patty Jenkins, WarnerMedia


The crowd goes wild for Yiming

There’s no shortage of TikTok coverage in the news today as the app’s fate in the U.S. hangs in the air. What the press doesn’t always address is how TikTok gets here — how did a Chinese startup seize the lucrative short-video market in the West before Google and Facebook? What did it do differently from its Chinese predecessors who tried global expansion to little avail? Matthew Brennan’s new book “Attention Factory” set out to answer these questions by tracing ByteDance’s trajectory from...
Tags: Google, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Video, Media, Entertainment, China, US, Tech, Silicon Valley, Baidu, Panama, Hangzhou


These podcasting companies could be next to be acquired

Hi and welcome to Insider Advertising, weekly edition, where I get into the big stories in media and advertising.First, some news about us: We're growing. Big welcome to Claire Atkinson, Lara O'Reilly and Steven Perlberg, who've joined the team in the past two weeks. I'm excited to see them bring more firepower with the goal of making our media and advertising coverage even more of a must-read.And remember, if you're not a subscriber, sign up here to get this in your inbox daily. On to the news:...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Spotify, Media, Advertising, Disney, Trends, Sydney, Podcasting, Sony, Streaming, John, Pfizer, Gucci, Turner


Conan O’Brien will launch a weekly variety show on HBO Max

Conan O’Brien is making the move to streaming. In June of next year, his nightly talk show “Conan” will be ending its 10-year run on TBS, while he launches a new, weekly variety series on streaming service HBO Max. “In 1993 Johnny Carson gave me the best advice of my career: ‘As soon as possible, get to a streaming platform,'” O’Brien said in a statement. “I’m thrilled that I get to continue doing whatever the hell it is I do on HBO Max, and I look forward to a free subscription.” The announceme...
Tags: Hbo, Media, Entertainment, Tech, Conan, Tbs, Turner, Conan O Brien, Brien, Johnny Carson, Marge, WarnerMedia, HBO Max


Twitter hires veteran hacker Mudge as head of security

Peiter Zatko’s appointment follows mass attack on social media platform in JulyTwitter has appointed one of the world’s most respected hackers as its new head of security in the wake of a humiliating mass attack in July.The company has placed Peiter Zatko in charge of protecting its platform from threats of all varieties, poaching him from the payments startup Stripe. Zatko is better known as Mudge, his handle for more than 20 years of operation on both sides of the information security arena. ...
Tags: Twitter, Business, Technology, Media, Internet, Social Media, World news, US news, Hacking, Digital Media, Data and computer security, Mudge, Peiter Zatko, JulyTwitter, Stripe Zatko


WPP's consolidation spree continues

Hi! Welcome to the Insider Advertising daily for November 17. I'm Lauren Johnson, a senior advertising reporter at Business Insider. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Send me feedback or tips at [email protected]: We are looking for nominations for the hottest adtech companies of the year. Nominations are open until November 27.Today's news: WPP's consolidation spree continues, The Atlantic's CEO search, and Dentsu wants to reach brands emotional...
Tags: Apple, Media, Microsoft, Advertising, Marketing, Trends, Nike, Atlantic, Reddit, The Atlantic, Alexis Ohanian, Espn, Carat, WPP, Amazon Fire, Agm


Who's winning advertising as it returns in 2020

Hi! Welcome to the Insider Advertising daily for November 16. I'm Lauren Johnson, a senior advertising reporter at Business Insider. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Send me feedback or tips at [email protected]'s news: 14 ad buyers pick the winning media companies and platforms, Endeavor snaps up Fred Santarpia, and behind DoorDash's marketing. Michael Becker / FOX 14 ad buyers that control billions in spending named the media compa...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Media, Instagram, Ipo, Advertising, Marketing, Trends, Fox, Nba, Burma, Fidelity, Conde Nast, Sundar Pichai, Cnbc, Snap


Original Content podcast: ‘The Vow’ offers a muddled look at the NXIVM cult

“The Vow” is a fascinating documentary, but we can’t quite recommend it whole-heartedly. As we discuss on the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, HBO’s new docuseries tells the story of NXIVM (pronounced nex-ee-um), a self-improvement company that was subsequently revealed as a sex cult, with its leader Keith Raniere sentenced to 120 years in prison. The core story is both compelling and horrifying. And “The Vow” features an astonishing amount of footage showing Raniere and other hig...
Tags: Apple, Hbo, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Disney, Tech, Starz, Original Content Podcast, Nxivm, Raniere, Keith Raniere, Mark Vicente, The Vow


Netflix’s latest experiment is a TikTok-like feed of funny videos

Netflix already borrowed the concept of short-form video “Stories” from social apps like Snapchat and Instagram for its Previews feature back in 2018. Now, the company is looking to the full-screen vertical video feed, popularized by TikTok, for further inspiration. With its latest experiment, Fast Laughs, Netflix is offering a new feed of short-form comedy clips drawn from its full catalog. The feed includes clips from both originals and licensed programming, Netflix says. It also includes v...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Apps, Video, Comedy, Media, Instagram, Social Media, Tech, Netflix, Kevin Hart, Streaming Service, Video Clips, YouTube Twitter Facebook, Mobile Applications


Disney+ has more than 73M subscribers

Disney+, the streaming service that launched one year ago today, grew to 73.7 million paid subscribers as of early October. That’s according to The Walt Disney Company’s fourth-quarter earnings report, which covers the company’s finances through October 3. The company previously said Disney+ had 60.5 million subscribers as of August 3. The release also includes subscriber numbers for Disney’s other streaming services — Hulu had 36.6 million (including 4.1 million subscribers to Hulu + Live TV...
Tags: Media, Disney, Tech, Netflix, Espn, Hulu, Latin America, Streaming Service, The Walt Disney Company, The Walt Disney Co, Bob Chapek, Chapek, Disney Plus



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