How news publishers are using the Olympics and AR to flex their emerging tech storytelling

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Digiday reports: “The Washington Post and USA Today are using augmented reality to spotlight the sports new to the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer, which kicks off today.”

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Blizzard president addresses harassment, discrimination lawsuit

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GamesIndustry.biz reports: “The head of Blizzard Entertainment reacted to a California Department of Fair Employment and Housing lawsuit alleging harassment and discrimination of women in a memo to staff last night, as reported by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier.”

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Bitcoin About-Face: JPMorgan Opens Crypto Trading To All Clients

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Forbes reports: “In an ironic twist given CEO Jamie Dimon’s well-established distrust of the industry, JPM JPMorgan has reportedly become the first major US bank to provide all wealth-management clients with access to bitcoin and other cryptocurrency funds.”

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Soundcloud, Audiomack, 7 Digital streams finally added to select Billboard charts

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Hypebot reports: “Billboard and MRC Data has finally added plays on SoundCloud and several other music streaming services to select chart calculations.”

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Virtual Characters Are Hitting Spotify Charts – More on the Metaverse

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Digital Music News reports: “A report from the Korea Times illustrates just how popular virtual characters are becoming. “Business insiders claim that firms’ spending on digital human marketing will grow to 16.6 trillion won by next year,” the report reads. That’s around $14.4 billion dollars in an industry that is rapidly growing, not just in Asia.”

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Data shows TikTok is a more powerful music discovery platform than Spotify

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Hypebot reports: “After looking at the latest stats from TikTok, it’s not a streatch to say that TikTok may be a more powerful driver of music discovery than Spotify.”

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Comcast Brings Hulu’s Live TV Service to Xfinity Flex

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Variety reports: “Cable giant Comcast, like other traditional pay-TV providers, has been steadily losing video subscribers the last several years.”

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Zoom adds games to video meeting service

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Gamesindustry.biz reports: “Zoom today rolled out its App Marketplace, offering more than 50 third-party programs that work within the online video meeting service, including a number of games.”

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Second-Screen Olympics: Snapchat, Twitch and Twitter Flood the Zone With Tokyo Programming

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: “In a bid to drive younger audiences toward watching the Tokyo Games on its streaming platform Peacock, NBCUniversal is counting on a boost from official partnerships with social media companies Snapchat, Twitch and Twitter.”

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Livestream Startup LiveControl Raises $30m in Series A Round

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Music Business Worldwide reports: “Los Angeles-based livestream platform LiveControl has raised $30m in Series A financing. Led by Coatue, the round also saw participation from existing investors First Round Capital, Box Group, Susa Ventures, and TriplePoint.”

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