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Mobile Gaming Revenue Generated $93.2bn in 2021

Posted: 01-20-2022 | Author: Staff Report
Gamesindustry.biz reports: “Today Newzoo released a new report that says that mobile game consumer spending reached $93.2 billion in 2021. The figure represents an increase of 7.3% year-over-year when compared to last year.” Read More

Google is Building an AR Headset

Posted: 01-20-2022 | Author: Staff Report
The Verge reports: “The search giant has recently begun ramping up work on an AR headset, internally codenamed Project Iris, that it hopes to ship in 2024, according to two people familiar with the project who requested anonymity to speak without the company’s permission. Like forthcoming headsets from Meta and Apple, Google’s device uses outward-facing […]

YouTube Moves Away From Original Programming to Focus on Creator Funding Initiatives

Posted: 01-20-2022 | Author: Staff Report
SocialMediaToday reports: “YouTube has announced that it will shut down its YouTube Originals program, which at one stage was a key value add for its YouTube Premium service, and a focus in its broader effort to challenge rising video-on-demand rivals like Netflix and Disney+.” Read More

Meta Researches Build an AI That Learns Equally Well From Visual, Written, or Spoken Materials

Posted: 01-20-2022 | Author: Staff Report
TechCrunch reports: “Advances in the AI realm are constantly coming out, but they tend to be limited to a single domain: for instance, a cool new method for producing synthetic speech isn’t also a way to recognize expressions on human faces. Meta (AKA Facebook) researchers are working on something a little more versatile: an AI […]

ABC News Sets New Podcast Push

Posted: 01-20-2022 | Author: Staff Report
The Hollywood Reporter reports: “ABC News is planning a fresh podcast push, launching new series and adapting Good Morning America for audio. Beginning today, the first two hours of GMA will be available as podcasts, allowing for more portable consumption of the program, which is anchored by Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Michael Strahan.” Read […]

Facebook and Instagram Are Reportedly Exploring Plans to Make, Showcase, and Sell NFTs

Posted: 01-20-2022 | Author: Staff Report
The Verge reports: “Social media conglomerate Meta is exploring plans to let users create, showcase, and sell NFTs on Facebook and Instagram, according to a report from The Financial Times. If the company launches such tools, it would be the biggest show of mainstream support for NFTs to date, and help solidify the controversial assets’ […]

Instagram Launches Early Test of Creator Subscriptions in the U.S.

Posted: 01-19-2022 | Author: Staff Report
TechCrunch reports: “Instagram is giving creators more ways to make money with today’s launch of Instagram Subscriptions. The feature, which was spotted hitting the App Store back in November, is now officially in early testing with a small group of U.S. creators who will be able to offer their followers paid access to exclusive Instagram […]

Podcast Startup Podimo Taps Ex-Spotify Exec Sachin Doshi as Chief Content Officer

Posted: 01-19-2022 | Author: Staff Report
Variety reports: “Podimo, the European podcast subscription-service startup, named digital media exec Sachin Doshi, whose career has included gigs at Spotify, Twitter and Universal Music Group, to the position of chief content officer.” Read More

Disney Reorgs Streaming Business, Names Joe Earley President of Hulu

Posted: 01-19-2022 | Author: Staff Report
Variety reports: “As part of the reorg, Disney is creating a new hub for international content creation under the direction of Rebecca Campbell as chairman, International Content and Operations. She previously held the title of chairman, International Operations & Direct-to-Consumer.” Read More

​​SyncFloor is Working to Simplify Music Licensing

Posted: 01-19-2022 | Author: Staff Report
Hypebot reports: “SyncFloor is a B2B platform offering licensed access to high-quality commercial music for use by businesses and creators. Built around natural language music search, SyncFloor has created an intuitive and innovative engine for music discovery, enabling creatives to easily find and secure rights to independent music.” Read More