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Google blocks Truth Social from the Play Store, will Apple be next?

Google’s decision to block the Truth Social app’s launch on the Play Store over content moderation issues raises the question as to why...

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Yandex’s sale of media assets to VK includes yandex.ru homepage

Russian search giant Yandex has finalized the sale of its two flagship media properties to local rival VK, owner of the eponymous social network. The...

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New media venture in India helping readers discern signal from noise

An Indian upstart, co-founded by a group of journalists, that seeks to disrupt how people follow news and what they consume has raised capital as it...

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Amazon and Nielsen close “Thursday Night Football” ratings deal

Amazon and data measurement firm Nielsen have sealed a three-year deal for measuring the ratings of Prime Video’s “Thursday Night Football”...

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Walmart+, the retailer’s Prime competitor, will add Paramount+ access as a new perk

Walmart is partnering with Paramount Global to offer its streaming service, Paramount+, to members of Walmart’s own free shipping program and...

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Walmart is reportedly looking at deals with streaming services

Walmart’s membership program Walmart+ may bundle with a streaming service. The report comes from the New York Times and sparks conversation about...

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HBO Max and Hulu will share custody of Emmy-nominated series ‘Abbott Elementary’

In a bit of an unusual agreement, Warner Bros. Discovery announced that HBO Max will have joint streaming custody of the comedy series “Abbott...

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Twitter’s new tests allows you to post images, videos, and GIFs in one tweet

Twitter is starting a new test that allows users to post images, videos, and GIFs in one multimedia tweet. Until now, users could post only one form...

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The Dogefather sends his regards

Welcome back to Chain Reaction. Last week, we looked at a crossover episode for meme investing. This week, we’re talking about Musk dumping...

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TechCrunch podcasts this week: Crypto cults, 2022 term sheets and how to win Startup Battlefield

TechCrunch is building a growing stable of podcasts focused on the most critical topics relating to the startup and venture capital worlds.

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KQED launches free media literacy training course

San Francisco public radio station KQED this week announced it is launching a free workshop and self-paced online course to help increase media...

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Lionsgate plans to officially announce a Starz spinoff this summer

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer revealed details during an investor call on Thursday, May 26, about the company’s plans to spin off its Starz...

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IROKO co-founder Bastian Gotter raises $3.2M seed for new venture, Bamba

In 2010, Bastian Gotter invested up to $200,000 into IROKOtv, an African video-on-demand company Jason Njoku, his friend and co-founder, launched in...

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Candle Media, the new media co backed by former Disney execs, acquires Gen-Z focused ATTN:

Candle Media, the new media company headed by former Disney execs, Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs, has made another acquisition — this time with an...

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Virtual product placement ads are coming to Amazon Prime Video and Peacock

Announced at this month’s NewFronts, Amazon and Peacock demonstrated new ad formats that use similar virtual product placement (VPP) tools, a...

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Kevin Rose on crypto winters, pseudonymous founders and his buzzy Moonbirds NFT project

On the Chain Reaction podcast this week, we spoke with Kevin Rose, a serial entrepreneur whose efforts — including most famously Digg...

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YouTube TV brings more Spanish-language programming with new Spanish Plan & Spanish Plus add-on

As promised back in September 2021, YouTube TV has added two Spanish-language options: the Spanish Plan and the add-on, Spanish Plus. While the two...

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Twitter tries to woo anxious advertisers with a slate of premium video content at the NewFronts

Twitter returned to the Digital Content NewFronts this evening to pitch its upcoming premium video content slate to advertisers, as it had in...

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Peacock added 4 million paid subscribers in Q1, up ~40% from last quarter

Parent company Comcast reported NBCUniversal’s Q1 2022 earnings on Thursday, noting its newer streaming service, Peacock, ended the first quarter...

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Yandex signs deal with VK to sell its media products, News and Zen

In further fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Yandex, the company that’s sometimes referred to as the ‘Google of...

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Mavrck raises $135M, buys Linkin.bio maker Later in creator and influencer marketing consolidation

Some believe that online marketing and advertising, as we largely think of them today, are dying a slow death and is getting replaced by something...

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Google launches Media CDN to compete on content delivery

Google's new Media CDN product, which launched this week, is aimed at companies with large-scale video content delivery needs.

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Helbiz earns its name with punishing 2021 earnings

When Helbiz chose its name, did it know that its business would eventually so aptly resemble its moniker? That’s an easy jab to make, but one that...

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Netflix launches a new way to find shows with its ‘Category Hub’ for TV viewers

Today, Netflix announced it is refreshing its TV interface with a new feature called the “Category Hub” in its TV app’s menu. This...

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HBO Max and HBO gained 3 million subscribers in Q1 as Netflix reports subscriber decline

AT&T for the last time reported results for its entertainment business, with its Q1 2022 earnings out this morning. The company, which unloaded...

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Plex pulls the plug on podcasts and web shows

A week after launching a new universal search and discovery tool, Plex is inconveniencing podcast listeners by removing support for podcasts and web...

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Netflix might buy a piece of NFL Films

The NFL is in talks with media companies about selling equity in NFL Films, according to sources familiar with what occurred at last week’s annual...

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CNN+ launch may be off to a bumpy start, numbers suggest

CNN+ launched on Tuesday, March 29, and is already showing mediocre results despite WarnerMedia’s promotion attempts. Sensor Tower released its...

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