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Meta Launches New Conversational AI Which Learns From Human Interactions, The Next Stage Of Bot Development

Posted: 08-08-2022 | Author: Staff Report
Social Media Today reports: “While the Messenger Bot revolution never took hold like Meta might have hoped, bots are still widely used, in a range of contexts, with many brands now implementing responder bots in messaging apps to streamline their customer connection process. And this could help further bot use. Today, Meta has released BlenderBot […]

Muse NFT Album To Be Chart Eligible In The UK

Posted: 08-08-2022 | Author: Staff Report
Digital Music News reports: “Muse is set to become the first music act with a chart-eligible NFT album. British rock group Muse and Warner Music UK have partnered with eco-friendly web3 music marketplace Serenade for the release of Muse’s ninth studio album, Will of the People. The record, set to be released on August 26, […]

Lyft Creates Media Division To Expand Its Advertising Services

Posted: 08-08-2022 | Author: Staff Report
The Wall Street Journal reports: “Lyft Inc. has formed Lyft Media, a new business unit consolidating and expanding the advertising offerings at the ride-hailing company. The news comes more than two years after Lyft acquired Halo Cars Inc., which makes monitors to run digital ads atop cars, and as Lyft faces an increasingly crowded marketplace […]

Ryan Reynolds’ Maximum Effort Productions Strikes First-Look Deal With FuboTV

Posted: 08-08-2022 | Author: Staff Report
The Hollywood Reporter reports: “Ryan Reynolds’ Maximum Effort Productions has signed a multiyear first-look deal for unscripted content with the live sports streamer FuboTV, the companies said Monday. Maximum Effort, which maintains its first-look deal with Paramount Pictures, will also launch a linear channel on FuboTV called the Maximum Effort Network, over which the production […]

Axios Sold To Cox Enterprises In $525 Million Deal

Posted: 08-08-2022 | Author: Staff Report
Variety reports: “Axios Media has been acquired by Cox Enterprises in a cash deal said to value the digital news company at $525 million. Media and advertising firm Cox Enterprises had taken a minority stake in Axios in November 2021. The $525 million deal price is about five times Axios’s projected 2022 revenue of more […]

Valve Is Working On Joy-Con Support For Steam

Posted: 08-08-2022 | Author: Staff Report
The Verge reports: “Valve is working to add support for the Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con controllers in Steam. As part of the newest Steam beta, Joy-Cons will be supported either individually or as a matched pair, similar to how you can use them either way for Switch games. If you want to try the feature out, […]

Meta Is Expanding Instagram’s NFT Support To 100 Countries

Posted: 08-05-2022 | Author: Staff Report
Digital Music News reports: “Instagram expands NFT support in more than 100 countries with Flow blockchain support and integration with Coinbase and Dapper. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company is expanding its NFT support on Instagram internationally — including integration for Coinbase and Dapper blockchain wallets –following its initial test launch in May. […]

Twitter Launches New Initiative To Enable PAC-12 Athletes To Monetize Their Video Highlights

Posted: 08-05-2022 | Author: Staff Report
Social Media Today reports: “Twitter has launched a new program that will enable student athletes to generate income from replays of their highlights within tweets, with ads inserted into their posted clips then pushing direct revenue to the athletes, as part of a new agreement with PAC-12 Football. The process is one of the first […]

Paramount+ UK & Ireland Taps Lionsgate, NBCU, Sony & Dynamic Television For Scripted Series

Posted: 08-05-2022 | Author: Staff Report
Deadline reports: “After Bob Bakish yesterday said said Paramount+ was performing “above expectations” in the UK and Ireland, the streamer has stocked its cupboards with a series of exclusive scripted acquisitions for those countries’ subscribers. The deals have been struck with Lionsate, NBCUniversal Global Distribution, Sony Pictures Television and Dynamic Television and the shows will […]

Play Now, Pay Later: Halliday Bags $6M Seed Round Led By a16z

Posted: 08-05-2022 | Author: Staff Report
Tech Crunch reports: “Blockchain-based games have seen a surge in popularity, but playing them is getting expensive. Play-to-earn games like StepN require players to purchase an NFT before they can participate, while other crypto video games offer users pricey upgrades such as virtual avatars and distinctive skins or costumes. Halliday, a startup founded last November […]