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YouTube Music Rolls Out 2021 Recap Feature to Rival Spotify Wrapped

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C|Net reports: “The Recap landing page appears on the YouTube Music app, where users can scroll to see personalized stats. You’ll also see your recent music discoveries and have the option to listen to your favorite picks of the year in a personalized playlist.”

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Pinterest Invests in Creator Tools with Acquisition of Video Creation and Editing App Vochi

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TechCrunch reports: “Pinterest is further investing in creator tools and video with today’s news it’s acquired the video creation and editing app, Vochi, for an undisclosed sum. The company will be bringing in both the IP at Vochi and its forty-person team, including its founders, to expand Pinterest’s set of video creation tools and to help its creators make more dynamic videos.”

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Amazon Courts Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fans With New Prime Video Ads Tying Together Streaming, Music And Books

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Deadline reports: “The campaign emphasizes the various touchpoints within the Amazon ecosystem, mainly streaming video, music and books. Ukonwa Ojo, global chief marketing officer for Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Studios, told Deadline in an interview that the unified approach is new for the tech giant. “It’s the first time we’ve really talked about it in this way,” she said.”

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Verizon CEO Touts ‘Stickiness’ of Streaming Content Partnerships

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: “Telecom giant Verizon is happy with the customer response to content partnerships with the likes of Disney+, Discovery+ and Apple Music that it has offered certain subscribers for free for certain periods of time, its CEO said on Monday. The telecom giant has been shifting its video focus away from FiOS TV to partnerships with third-party streaming services to position itself as a key distribution platform.”

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Discovery Plus Sets Development Deal with Group Nine

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Variety reports: “Discovery is one of the founding investors in New York-based Group Nine and has already licensed some Group Nine programming for Discovery Plus. Under the pact, in addition to new shows in development, Discovery Plus has a first-look option on 30 additional original series from Group Nine.”

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$20M in YouTube Royalties Stolen From Artists Using Forged Letters

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Hypebot reports: “Teran and Batista often used forged notes from artists claiming they had the rights to manage the music, according to MarketWatch. Teran and Batista often used forged notes from artists claiming they had the rights to manage the music, according to MarketWatch.”

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Resolution Games Acquires Zero Index

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Gamesindustry.biz reports: “The acquisition will help Resolution expand on its library of titles across VR and AR platforms, and follows a partnership which saw Zero Index assist in porting Resolution’s co-op title Carly and the Reaperman: Escape from the Underworld over to Oculus earlier this year.”

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​​‘Lens of the West Coast’: Inside the L.A. Times’ New Head of Audio’s Plan to Focus the Publisher’s Podcasts

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Digiday reports: “As the new head of the Los Angeles Times’ audio department, Jazmín Aguilera wants to develop the media company’s podcast shows so that one day people will connect them to the brand, and its “lens of the West Coast” approach, she said in an interview.”

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Christie’s Auctioning Off NFT of First Wikipedia Edit

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C|Net reports: “Here’s your chance to own a piece of early internet history in the form of some of the newest tech. Christie’s is auctioning off an NFT of the first Wikipedia edit. The edit, sent more than 20 years ago by Jimmy Wales, founder of the crowdsourced encyclopedia site, includes the text “Hello, World!””

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How Esports Org 100 Thieves Will Boost its M&A Strategy with $60M in Series C Funding

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Digiday reports: “Esports organization 100 Thieves isn’t shy about its hunt for acquisition targets. The organization announced the closure of its Series C funding round on Thursday, raising an additional $60 million and increasing its valuation to $460 million.”

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