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WME: As Podcasting Mega Deals Flourish, Agents Discuss Shifting Landscape & Opportunities For Talent – Deadline

WME: As Podcasting Mega Deals Flourish, Agents Discuss Shifting Landscape & Opportunities For Talent – Deadline

The podcasting business used to be considered the Wild West of the entertainment industry but as mega deals such as Joe Rogan’s $100M deal with Spotify and Amazon’s $300M acquisition of Wondery show, it’s quickly maturing. WME represents the likes of Malcolm Gladwell, Ronan Farrow and new stars such as Bailey Sarian in this space, and three of its podcast agents — Travis Dunlap, Marissa Hurwitz and Chelsea Kreps — are overseeing the talent agency’s drive into audio. In a wide-ranging interview, the trio discuss the current state of the podcasting business, the growing appetite for exclusivity, increasing opportunities and new buyers moving into the market, consolidation, the potential for scripted stories and A-list talent entering the space. Related Story ...
Google makes big push for new Wear OS, TV, Auto, & tablet media apps by reducing its commission – 9to5Google

Google makes big push for new Wear OS, TV, Auto, & tablet media apps by reducing its commission – 9to5Google

At I/O 2021, Google made a big push for building apps across all the form factors Android is available on. The company is now massively encouraging adoption with the global launch of the Play Media Experience Program to get more apps on Wear OS, Android/Google TV, Auto, and tablets/foldables. For these platforms to be successful, third-party applications are a crucial part of getting end users to adopt and upgrade. For example, Google TV launched last year on the new Chromecast with many apps supporting the platform’s latest features, like the homescreen experience and watchlist. The success of that was in part due to the Play Media Experience Program, which has — up until today — just been in testing with early partners.  Google is now ready to expand the initiative to a...
You can still shop these non-Amazon Prime Day sales today – CNN

You can still shop these non-Amazon Prime Day sales today – CNN

CNN —   Amazon Prime Day is has come and gone, but even if you’re not an Amazon shopper, there are dozens of deals that you can still shop from plenty of other retailers. Many of your favorites were (and still are!) offering steep discounts of their own to compete with Amazon’s big event. Big retailers like Target, Walmart and Wayfair joined in, as did smaller sites like Casper and Brooklinen, making it the perfect time to scoop up hot summer looks, fresh furniture for every room in the house, new tech and more. To help you get started, take a look at our roundup of the biggest Prime Day deals not happening on Amazon below. Walmart’s Deals for Days event runs June 20 through 23, and shopp...
One Of Last Year’s Best JRPGs Now Has Pet Dual Wielding – Kotaku

One Of Last Year’s Best JRPGs Now Has Pet Dual Wielding – Kotaku

Can you pet the dog is out, can you dual-wield the dogs is in. Gif: Xseed Games / Kotaku After six long months, gaming’s most important update of 2021 has arrived: a new patch for farming JRPG Sakuna: Of Rice And Ruin that lets you dual-wield the game’s adorable pets. Sakuna: Of Rice And Ruin is a game about working the land in-between dishing out side-scrolling ass-kickings, and part of that entails caring for animals you discover out in the wild. You can raise ducks to eat the insects living in your rice patties or train cows to plow your plots, but also catch cats and dogs to just look cute and keep you company. As video game pet authority Can You Pet The Dog? pointed out at release, Sakuna lets you not only pet them but pick them up and carry them around as well. Today’s 1.14 upda...
WME: As Podcasting Mega Deals Flourish, Agents Discuss Shifting Landscape & Opportunities For Talent – Deadline

WME: As Podcasting Mega Deals Flourish, Agents Discuss Shifting Landscape & Opportunities For Talent – Deadline

The podcasting business used to be considered the Wild West of the entertainment industry but as mega deals such as Joe Rogan’s $100M deal with Spotify and Amazon’s $300M acquisition of Wondery show, it’s quickly maturing. WME represents the likes of Malcolm Gladwell, Ronan Farrow and new stars such as Bailey Sarian in this space, and three of its podcast agents — Travis Dunlap, Marissa Hurwitz and Chelsea Kreps — are overseeing the talent agency’s drive into audio. In a wide-ranging interview, the trio discuss the current state of the podcasting business, the growing appetite for exclusivity, increasing opportunities and new buyers moving into the market, consolidation, the potential for scripted stories and A-list talent entering the space. Related Story ...
Google makes big push for new Wear OS, TV, Auto, & tablet media apps by reducing its commission – 9to5Google

Google makes big push for new Wear OS, TV, Auto, & tablet media apps by reducing its commission – 9to5Google

At I/O 2021, Google made a big push for building apps across all the form factors Android is available on. The company is now massively encouraging adoption with the global launch of the Play Media Experience Program to get more apps on Wear OS, Android/Google TV, Auto, and tablets/foldables. For these platforms to be successful, third-party applications are a crucial part of getting end users to adopt and upgrade. For example, Google TV launched last year on the new Chromecast with many apps supporting the platform’s latest features, like the homescreen experience and watchlist. The success of that was in part due to the Play Media Experience Program, which has — up until today — just been in testing with early partners.  Google is now ready to expand the initiative to a...
Bentleys Electric Car Will Literally Make Music For You – Jalopnik

Bentleys Electric Car Will Literally Make Music For You – Jalopnik

Photo: Bentley Bentley isn’t happy making just cars anymore. Apparently, it wants to make music now, too. The luxury carmaker is working with a tech company, LifeScore, to make new music for every single one of your drives by using artificial intelligence and vehicle input. Because rich people don’t just get custom cars, they also get custom, constantly-evolving soundtracks. Meanwhile, the rest of us have to listen to our dull, prerecorded music that’s always the same. Photo: Bentley The system Bentley and Lifescore have developed will run all the data that your car collects, like your engine speed and throttle input, through its artificial intelligence to spit out groovy tunes, as Bentley describes: Bentley and LifeScore are working together creating algorithms that allow v...
A quick-start guide to OpenZFS native encryption – Ars Technica

A quick-start guide to OpenZFS native encryption – Ars Technica

Enlarge / On-disk encryption is a complex topic, but this article should give you a solid handle on OpenZFS' implementation. One of the many features OpenZFS brings to the table is ZFS native encryption. First introduced in OpenZFS 0.8, native encryption allows a system administrator to transparently encrypt data at-rest within ZFS itself. This obviates the need for separate tools like LUKS, VeraCrypt, or BitLocker. OpenZFS encryption algorithm defaults to either aes-256-ccm (prior to 0.8.4) or aes-256-gcm (>= 0.8.4) when encryption=on is set. But it may also be specified directly. Currently supported algorithms are: aes-128-ccm aes-192-ccm aes-256-ccm (default in OpenZFS < 0.8.4) aes-128-gcm aes-192-gcm aes-256-gcm (defau...
Valve Really Doesnt Want You Using VPNs To Get Cheaper Games – Kotaku

Valve Really Doesnt Want You Using VPNs To Get Cheaper Games – Kotaku

Ever since Valve began selling Steam games with different prices for different markets, people who live in the more expensive regions have been trying to find ways to get cheaper video games. Ways that Valve knows about, and is continuing to quietly crack down on. As SteamDB recently discovered, Valve has “added a limit on how often you can change your Steam account’s country”, with users now only able to switch them once every three months. Any purchases users are making must also only be made using methods from the region you’ve currently got selected. Why/how would users be doing this? Well, let’s say you’re in the US, and a game you’re interested in is $50. For someone in some European markets, that game might cost a lot more, and for someone in certain South American countries...
Google Drive and YouTube sharing will change in July – The Verge

Google Drive and YouTube sharing will change in July – The Verge

Soon, public links to an untold number of items stored on Google Drive and YouTube will stop working. In the name of enhanced security, Google is changing the way it handles link sharing on both services, and while active users may be able to opt out of the switch, files and videos abandoned on unused or inactive accounts may simply slip out of view forever. That’s because shared links are now part of a newer system that Google says increases security. On YouTube, the newer links are apparently more difficult for anyone to guess or access without being explicitly given access. The newer links also have the affect of tying more activity to specific accounts and requiring viewers to log in, which allows access to be tracked and made a part of each user’s profile. On YouTube the c...