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Original Content podcast: ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ is the historical chess drama we need right now

Original Content podcast: ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ is the historical chess drama we need right now On paper, “The Queen’s Gambit” might not sound like a compelling drama: Based on a novel by Walter Tevis, the Netflix series tells the story of Beth Harmon as she rises through the world of competitive chess, eventually taking on […]

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China’s cash-burning video sector: how Kuaishou lost $1B in 6 months

China’s cash-burning video sector: how Kuaishou lost B in 6 months Rumors have been floating for months that ByteDance is going public with TikTok and Douyin separately. Just last night, Bloomberg reported that ByteDance is seeking a pre-IPO round of $2 billion at a staggering valuation of $180 billion. Before any of that materializes, ByteDance […]

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ByteDance to pump $170 million into e-book reader Zhangyue

ByteDance to pump 0 million into e-book reader Zhangyue While short videos are what drive ByteDance’s revenues and give the Chinese startup international recognition, the firm is expanding into numerous new areas like other tech giants to fuel growth. It’s dabbled in enterprise software and online learning, and the news came this week that ByteDance […]

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Justice at Spotify demands better compensation and increased transparency for musicians

Justice at Spotify demands better compensation and increased transparency for musicians Musicians have taken issue with Spotify’s artist compensation for about as long as there’s been a Spotify. Making a living as a musician is difficult enough for the vast majority of those who are brave — or perhaps foolish — enough to attempt such […]

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Original Content podcast: ‘Lovecraft Country’ is gloriously bonkers

Original Content podcast: ‘Lovecraft Country’ is gloriously bonkers As we tried to recap the first season of HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” one thing became clear: The show is pretty nuts. The story begins by sending Atticus “Tic” Freeman (Jonathan Majors), his friend Leti Lewis (Jurnee Smolett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road […]

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The short, strange life of Quibi

The short, strange life of Quibi “All that is left now is to offer a profound apology for disappointing you and, ultimately, for letting you down,” Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman wrote, closing out an open letter posted to Medium. “We cannot thank you enough for being there with us, and for us, every step […]

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Quibi is dead, reports say

Quibi is dead, reports say Plagued with growth issues, Quibi, a short-form mobile-native video platform, is shutting down, according to multiple reports. The startup, co-founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, had raised nearly $2 billion in its lifetime as a private company. Quibi did not respond to requests for comment from TechCrunch. The company’s […]

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Netflix to test free weekend-long access in India

Netflix to test free weekend-long access in India Netflix plans to give users in India access to its service at no charge for a weekend as part of a test to expand its reach in the country, a top company executive said Tuesday. The American streaming giant, which reported slow users growth for the quarter […]

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Disney+ UX teardown: Wins, fails and fixes

Disney+ UX teardown: Wins, fails and fixes Disney announced earlier this month that it’s going all-in on streaming media. As part of this new strategy, the company is undergoing a major reorganisation of its media and entertainment business that will focus on developing productions that will debut on its streaming and broadcast services. This will […]

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Original Content podcast: It’s hard to resist the silliness of ‘Emily in Paris’

Original Content podcast: It’s hard to resist the silliness of ‘Emily in Paris’ “Emily in Paris,” a new series on Netflix, has provoked skeptical responses from actual Parisians who are happy to point out the abundant clichés in its story of a young American (played by Lily Collins) who takes a last-minute transfer to a […]

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