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iOS 14 redirects web links from News+ publishers directly to the Apple News app

Apple’s still-in-beta operating systems will automatically redirect News+ subscribers to the Apple News app when they click on links from a News+ publisher. In other words, if you click or tap on a link to a paywalled story published by a News+ partner — including stories from our own Extra Crunch membership program — iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and macOS Big Sur will take you straight to the article page in the News+ app, even when the link ostensibly points to the publisher’s own website. Tony Haile ...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Mobile, News, Media, Tech, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Cnbc, Apple News, Ny Times, Haile, Tony Haile


With a renewed focus on creative skills, online learning company Skillshare raises $66M

CEO Matt Cooper said 2020 has been a year of rapid growth — even before the pandemic forced large swaths of the population to stay home and turn to online learning for entertainment and enrichment. Cooper (who became CEO in 2017) told me that the company decided last year to “focus on our strength,” leading to a “brand relaunch” in January 2020 to emphasize the richness of its creativity-themed content. At the same time, Cooper said the company defines creativity very broadly, with classes div...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Media, Education, India, Funding, Tech, United States, Gm, Skillshare, Cooper, Victo Ngai, Bob Ross, Susan Orlean, Matt Cooper, Shantell Martin


Original Content podcast: ‘The Umbrella Academy’ returns for a messy-but-delightful second season

The first season of “The Umbrella Academy” had its flaws, but empathetic portrayals of its seven superhero siblings (all adults bearing the emotional scars of an upbringing under their strict adoptive father Reginald Hargreeves) more than made up for its meandering plot. In season two, which recently launched on Netflix, the Umbrella Academy has been transported to Dallas in the early 1960s, where the Hargreeves must once again try to repair their familial bonds while also averting a nuclear ...
Tags: Apple, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Disney, Tech, Netflix, Dallas, Jfk, Jack Ruby, Umbrella Academy, Reginald Hargreeves, Original Content Podcast, Hargreeves


Federal judge approves ending consent decrees that prevented movie studios from owning theaters

A federal judge has approved the Department of Justice’s efforts to end the Paramount Consent Decrees — 70-year-old court orders that prevented movie studios from engaging in a variety of anticompetitive behaviors, including ownership of movie theaters. U.S. District Court Judge Analisa Torres cited the rise of streaming services like Netflix as one of the reasons for her decision: Motion picture distributors that are not subject to the Decrees have entered the market since the 1940s — most s...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Media, Lionsgate, New York City, Amc, Los Angeles, Tech, Netflix, Walt Disney Company, Department Of Justice, U S District Court, Torres, Analisa Torres, Paris theatre, Netflix Amazon Apple


Two-thirds of parents say technology makes parenting harder

Today's parents believe parenting is harder now than 20 years ago.A Pew Research Center survey found this belief stems from the new challenges and worries brought by technology.With some schools going remote next year, many parents will need to adjust expectations and re-learn that measured screen usage won't harm their children. Parents and guardians have always endured a tough road. They are the providers of an entire human being's subsistence. They keep that person feed, clothed, and bathe; ...
Tags: Health, Family, Technology, Media, Parenting, Children, Social Media, Teaching, United States, New York Times, Innovation, Pew, Pew Research Center, Moana, Don, Jenny Radesky


Prince Harry hits out at social media for creating 'crisis of hate'

Duke of Sussex urges advertisers to demand companies do more to curb hate speech onlinePrince Harry has hit out at social media companies for creating a “crisis of hate” and called for “meaningful digital reform” after an unprecedented advertiser boycott of Facebook.In an opinion piece for the US business magazine Fast Company, the Duke of Sussex revealed that he and his wife, Meghan, had begun campaigning for change in social media “a little over four weeks ago”. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, US, Social Media, UK News, Digital Media, Prince Harry, Harry, Meghan, Duke of Sussex, Fast Company the Duke of Sussex


Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Tyler Mitchell to talk Imagine Impact at Disrupt 2020

The world is changing quickly. It seems to be growing more complicated by the minute. Throughout the centuries, humans have used storytelling to make sense of the world around them. That is perhaps more true today than it ever was, as we have access to more stories (via the internet) than we ever have in history. But with this proliferation, it’s critical that the very best storytellers — a diverse group of storytellers — have access to the broadest audiences. Imagine Impact, a content accelerat...
Tags: TC, Hbo, Hollywood, Media, Entertainment, Tech, Earth, Netflix, Silicon Valley, Time Magazine, Ron Howard, Mitchell, Brian Grazer, Howard, Tyler Mitchell, Akiva Goldsman


Google Play Music to shut down starting in September, will disappear by December

Google’s plans to wind down its Google Play Music service in favor of the company’s newer YouTube Music have been known for some time. But Google this week has given users a deadline on making the switch. The company says YouTube Music will fully replace Google Play Music in December 2020, at which point Google Play Music users will no longer be able to stream from or otherwise use the Google Play Music app. Though December is the final deadline for being able to export from the Google Play Musi...
Tags: Travel, Google, Google Play, Facebook, Music, Media, Youtube, Pandora, South Africa, New Zealand, Streaming, Streaming Music, Streaming Service, Youtube Music, Google Play Music, Apple Music Spotify


‘Mulan’ is coming to Disney+ on September 4, for an additional price of $29.99

Those wondering whether The Walt Disney Company would eventually give up on a traditional theatrical release for “Mulan” now have their answer. While the coronavirus pandemic prompted Disney to accelerate the streaming release of some movies like Pixar’s “Onward,” and to send certain lower-profile movies like “Artemis Fowl” straight to Disney+, until now the company has chosen to delay its bigger releases like “Mulan” and “Black Widow.” In fact, “Mulan” and Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” were ex...
Tags: Christopher Nolan, New York, Media, Entertainment, Disney, America, Tech, Canada, United States, Mulan, Pixar, Tenet, The Walt Disney Company, Bob Chapek, Chapek, California Warner Bros


Disney+ grows to more than 60.5M subscribers

Disney+ had more than 60.5 million paying subscribers as of yesterday, according to The Walt Disney Company’s CEO Bob Chapek. Chapek shared the number during a call to discuss the company’s latest , which covered the company’s most recent quarter ending on June 27. He was essentially offering an update on the 57.5 million paid subscriber figure included in the report, and he said the growth is “far exceeding our initial projections for the service.” Disney+ launched in November of last year....
Tags: Verizon, Media, Entertainment, India, Disney, Tech, Netflix, Espn, Hulu, Parks, Hamilton, The Walt Disney Company, Kevin Mayer, Hotstar, Disney Plus, Bob Chapek Chapek


WhatsApp launches factcheck feature aimed at viral messages

Users will be able to check truthfulness of messages that have come via five or more peopleWhatsApp has introduced a feature allowing users to check the contents of viral messages in the latest move to root out disinformation and fake news being spread on the Facebook-owned service.The feature, which is being piloted in six countries including the UK from Tuesday, allows users to perform a Google search on content they have been forwarded to factcheck claims and information. Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Technology, Media, Social Media, UK News, Whatsapp, Digital Media


Announcing Sight Tech Global, an event on the future of AI and accessibility for people who are blind or visually impaired

Few challenges have excited technologists more than building tools to help people who are blind or visually impaired. It was Silicon Valley legend Ray Kurzweil, for example, who in 1976 launched the first commercially available text-to-speech reading device. He unveiled the $50,000 Kurzweil Reading Machine , a boxy device that covered a tabletop, at a press conference hosted by the National Federation of the Blind .  The early work of Kurzweil and many others has rippled across the comm...
Tags: Apple, TC, Media, Microsoft, Events, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Silicon Valley, William Gibson, Philanthropy, UC Berkeley, TechCrunch, Ray Kurzweil, Kurzweil, Verizon Media


TikTok ponders HQ in London after Donald Trump's hostility

Video app’s owner ByteDance already has 800 of its European workforce in UK and IrelandThe Chinese firm behind the TikTok video app is weighing up plans to open a headquarters in London, with Boris Johnson reportedly prepared to risk Donald Trump’s anger by rolling out the red carpet for the company.The US president has been openly hostile to TikTok, amid widespread concern in the country about Chinese companies’ ties to the Communist party and the risk posed to customers’ personal information. ...
Tags: Apps, Business, UK, Technology, London, Media, China, US, Social Media, UK News, Digital Media, Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Communist Party, Tiktok


Microsoft confirms it’s seeking to buy U.S. arm of TikTok

Microsoft confirmed Sunday it is in talks with Chinese company ByteDance to acquire the U.S. arm of its popular video app TikTok and has discussed with President Donald Trump his concerns about security and censorship surrounding such an acquisition. In a statement, Microsoft said Microsoft and ByteDance have provided notice of their intent to explore a deal resulting in Microsoft owning and operating the TikTok service in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The company said it expects ...
Tags: Europe, Business, Technology, Media, Microsoft, Congress, Abc, California, White House, China, Satya Nadella, Sport, Soccer, United States, New Zealand, Treasury


Tory-linked PR firm granted £3m Covid-19 contract without tender

Topham Guerin behind idea to rename CCHQ Twitter account during 2019 election campaignThe political communications company behind the Conservative party’s controversial 2019 digital campaign strategy received a £3m government contract to work on Covid-19 messaging without a competitive tender and is negotiating with the Cabinet Office for more work, the Guardian and openDemocracy can reveal.Topham Guerin, founded in 2016 by two young New Zealanders, Sean Topham and Ben Guerin, specialises in pro...
Tags: Twitter, Politics, Technology, Media, Internet, Social Media, Conservatives, UK News, Digital Media, New Zealand, Marketing & PR, Politics And Technology, Cabinet Office, Sean Topham, Ben Guerin, Topham Guerin


Facebook moderators call for advertiser boycott to be extended

Action needs long-term commitments to be is more than ‘PR stunt’, employees sayCurrent and former Facebook moderators have called for the unprecedented advertiser boycott of the site to be extended to prove that the action is more than a “PR stunt”.Speaking to the Guardian, one current moderator who asked to remain anonymous because they feared for their job, said that without long-term commitments, this was a “PR stunt that will pass when they get enough of the reports that they want”. Continue...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Advertising, Unilever, World news, Donald Trump


Adobe’s plans for an online content attribution standard could have big implications for misinformation

Adobe’s work on technical solution to combat online misinformation at scale, still in its early stages, is taking some big steps toward its lofty goal of becoming an industry standard. The project was first announced last November, and now the team is out with a whitepaper going into the nuts and bolts about how its system, known as the Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI), would work. Beyond the new whitepaper, the next step in the system’s development will be to implement a proof-of-concept, ...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Photography, Media, Instagram, Adobe, Tech, Digital Photography, New York Times, Exif, Misinformation, Parsons, Cai, CAI Andy Parsons


What brands need to do if they want to break up with Facebook

Sean Clayton Contributor A 15-year digital media veteran, Sean Clayton connects brands with the data-driven intelligence solutions they need to drive growth. With more than 90 major advertisers and counting announcing plans to dump Facebook, a significant question lingers: Where will brands go next for their digital marketing needs? The case for the breakup is clear: Brands want to distance themselves from third-party business practices that do not align with...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, TC, Facebook, Column, Media, Opinion, Marketing, Social Media, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Targeted Advertising, Online Advertising, Digital Marketing, Google Facebook


Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Say I Do’ offers a wedding-focused twist on the ‘Queer Eye’ formula

Parts of “Say I Do,” a new reality series on Netflix, will feel pretty familiar to fans of the streaming service’s popular reboot of “Queer Eye.” Like “Queer Eye,” “Say I Do” stars gay men who are experts in a particular field — in this case, interior designer Jeremiah Brent, fashion designer Thai Nguyen and chef Gabriele Bertaccini. In each episode, the trio is given the only-on-reality-TV task of organizing an elaborate wedding in a single week. And usually, just one half of the lucky coupl...
Tags: Apple, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Tech, Netflix, Jeremiah Brent, Nguyen, David Collins, Original Content Podcast, Say I Do, Gabriele Bertaccini


Facebook will launch officially licensed music videos in the US starting this weekend

Facebook today confirmed it will begin rolling out official music videos across its platform in the U.S., as TechCrunch first reported, as well as introduce a new Music destination within Facebook Watch. The changes, which will go into effect starting this weekend, will allow Facebook users to discover, watch and share music videos from a wide range of artists, including, for example, Anitta, Blake Shelton, Bob Marley, Diplo, Elton John, Jonas Brothers, Josh Groban, Keith Urban, Maren Morris, Ma...
Tags: Social, Videos, Facebook, Video, Music, Media, Youtube, China, Music Videos, India, US, Tech, Thailand, Artists, Facebook Live, Facebook Page


What does accountability look like in 2020?

Rae Witte Contributor Share on Twitter Rae Witte is a New York-based freelance journalist covering music, style, sneakers, art and dating, and how they intersect with tech. You can find her writing on i-D, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire and Forbes, among others. More posts by this contributor Demand for fertility services persists despite COVID-19 shutdowns During a pandemic, some companies struggle to pro...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Fashion, New York, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, Social Media, Future Of Work, Tech, Diversity, Adidas, Kanye West, West, Racism


CBS All Access adds 3,500 new episodes before rebranding in 2021

ViacomCBS has announced a significant expansion to its streaming library, with the addition of more than 3,500 episodes of shows like “Avatar: The Last Avatar,” “Chapelle’s Show” and “Laguna Beach.” Viacom and CBS were previously merged, then separated, then most recently merged again, and the additional content comes from across the company’s different brands — such as BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Smithsonian Channel, TV Land, VH1 and Paramount Pictures — plus additional sports pro...
Tags: Hbo, Media, Entertainment, Disney, Tech, Star Trek, Cbs, Richard Linklater, Paramount Pictures, Viacom, UEFA Champions League, Cbs All Access, Kemp, Laguna Beach, Peacock, Picard


Study: U.S. adults who mostly rely on social media for news are less informed, exposed to more conspiracies

A new report from Pew Research makes an attempt to better understand U.S. adults who get their news largely from social media platforms, and compare their understanding of current events and political knowledge to those who use other sources, like TV, radio, and news publications. The top-level finding, according to Pew, is that social media news consumers tend to follow the news less closely and end up less informed on several key subjects. That seems to reinforce a belief that many people alre...
Tags: Facebook, Media, Tech, Pew, Trump, Pew Research, COVID, Pew Research Pew


Study: US adults who mostly rely on social media for news are less informed, exposed to more conspiracies

A new report from Pew Research makes an attempt to better understand U.S. adults who get their news largely from social media platforms, and compare their understanding of current events and political knowledge to those who use other sources, like TV, radio and news publications. The top-level finding, according to Pew, is that social media news consumers tend to follow the news less closely and end up less informed on several key subjects. That seems to reinforce a belief that many people alrea...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Media, US, Tech, Pew, Trump, Pew Research, COVID, Pew Research Pew


Russia-aligned hackers running anti-Nato fake news campaign – report

‘Ghostwriter’ campaign said to involve replacing true stories with false ones on news sites in Poland and LithuaniaHackers “aligned with Russian security interests” have been engaged in a sustained campaign to compromise news websites in Poland and Lithuania to plant false stories aimed at discrediting Nato, according to a new report.Part of the campaign – labelled “Ghostwriter” – involved gaining access to news sites publishing systems, deleting stories and replacing them with false news that s...
Tags: Europe, Technology, Media, Internet, Russia, World news, Hacking, Digital Media, Nato, Poland, Espionage, Lithuania, Cyberwar


Jesus, SaaS and digital tithing

Will Robbins Contributor Share on Twitter Will Robbins is an early-stage investor at Contrary. More posts by this contributor Voodoo Games thrives by upending conventional product design Venture investing in elder tech There are more than 300,000 congregations in the U.S., and entrepreneurs are creating billion-dollar companies by building software to service them. Welcome to church tech. The s...
Tags: TC, Column, Florida, Hollywood, Media, Religion, Tech, Software, Netflix, United States, SaaS, Jesus, Payments, Computer Science, Free Software, Leader


‘This should never have happened’: lawmakers condemn Facebook’s Instagram acquisition – as it happened

Jerry Nadler unimpressed with Mark Zuckerberg’s answer on Instagram deal, while Amazon boss Jeff Bezos accused of hypocrisyBillionaire bosses to feel the heat from CongressUS sees deadliest day of coronavirus summer – live 12.03am BST Antitrust Hearings, a summaryMore than five hours after they commenced, the historic hearings of the biggest tech companies in the world over antitrust concerns have come to an end. Here are some highlights from the long day: 11.44pm BST Whew boy, we are do...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Economics, World news, US news, US politics, Tim Cook, Computing


‘This should never have happened’: lawmakers condemn Facebook’s Instagram acquisition – live

Jerry Nadler unimpressed with Mark Zuckerberg’s answer on Instagram deal, while Amazon boss Jeff Bezos accused of hypocrisyBillionaire bosses to feel the heat from CongressUS sees deadliest day of coronavirus summer – live 9.22pm BST Representative Jerry Nadler addresses the issues Facebook and Google have caused in the media industry. “Facebook and Google have greatly threatened journalism in the United States. Reporters have been fired, local newspapers have been shut down,” he said. “This...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Technology, Media, Instagram, Maryland, Social Networking, Economics, World news, US news, United States, US politics


‘This should never have happened’: lawmakers condemn Facebook’s Instagram merger – live

Jerry Nadler unimpressed with Mark Zuckerberg’s answer on Instagram acquisition, while Amazon boss Jeff Bezos accused of hypocrisyBillionaire bosses to feel the heat from CongressUS sees deadliest day of coronavirus summer – live 8.29pm BST In a strange exchange, yet another congress member has targeted the tech executives over supposed anti-conservative bias. Representative Greg Steube asked Sundar Pichai why his campaign emails are being sorted into the Spam inbox on his parents’ Gmail acc...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Economics, World news, US news, US politics, Tim Cook, Computing


Spotify users are streaming again, but ad revenues still suffer due to COVID crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic’s continued impact on Spotify’s business was apparent in the results of the company’s Q2 2020 earnings today. On some fronts, Spotify had good news. As more users turned to streaming services to keep themselves entertained while social distancing, Spotify grew its active monthly users by 29% to reach 299 million in the quarter. Its paid subscriber growth also topped Wall St. expectations with 138 million paid users, versus estimates of 136.4 million. However, the pandemi...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Media, Podcasts, Russia, Advertising, Tech, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Streaming Service, Joe Rogan, Omnicom Media Group, Addison Rae, Kim Kardashian West Joe Rogan Michelle Obama, Warner Bros TikTok



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