The Radice Files -Episode 105 “Penetration”

Take that any way you like, just know, there are more smart TV’s and OTT devices, and Voice assistants, and cool tech, to make your life better, now more than ever (an old NBC News tag line). These are not just distractions, they are helpers.

Smart TV Penetration in North America to Surpass 90% of Homes by 2024 | Next TV

Strategy Analytics also says that TCL has surpassed LG as the second biggest shipper of connected televisions globally

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Why an NBCU-ViacomCBS Merger Makes So Much Sense | Next TV

One way to keep subscribers hooked is to have a really deep and broad library of well known series and movies that they can turn to during the 23 hours when they’re not watching your hit show

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WSJ News Exclusive | Former CBS Chief Joe Ianniello Launches SPAC Amid Media Merger Mania

Joe Ianniello, the former CEO of CBS, is launching a special-purpose acquisition company that hopes to raise $300 million and pursue a merger in the media, telecom or tech sectors.

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Jack Dorsey says bitcoin will be a big part of Twitter’s future — TechCrunch

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed to investors that bitcoin will be a “big part” of the company’s future, as he sees opportunities to integrate the cryptocurrency into existing Twitter products and services, including commerce, subscriptions and other new additions like the Twitter Tip Jar and Super Follows. Dorsey has been a staunch bitcoin advocate for […]

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Slack is now officially part of Salesforce | Engadget

Salesforce has completed its $27.7 billion acquisition — its biggest one to date — of business messaging app Slack..

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Snap Posts Record Revenue as Snapchat Adds 13 Million Users in Q2

Snapchat reported its Q2 earnings on Thursday afternoon; here’s how many users the company added to its base of 280 million DAUs:

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Jeff Bezos said Blue Origin has sold nearly $100 million worth of tickets for future tourist trips to space

Jeff Bezos, having returned from the edge of space Tuesday, said the demand for tickets on Blue Origin’s ship was “very, very high.”

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$100 Million New York City Musical and Theatrical Production Tax Credit Launched | Playbill

The program encourages the reopening of Broadway productions as part of New York’s economic recovery initiative.

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CBS Concludes Probe Into Racist, Abusive Conduct At Stations; “Difficult Period,” George Cheeks Says, New LA & Chicago Managers Sought

More change is coming to local stations as CBS ends investigation into misconduct; LA, Chicago Managers Fired, Execs Say

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AT&T Earnings: WarnerMedia Revenue Rises 30% in Quarter of Ad-Supported HBO Max Launch

HBO and HBO Max added 2.8 million subscribers in Q2

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COVID-19 origin probe renews debate over ‘gain of function’ experiments — CSMonitor.com

If a type of scientific research could prevent another pandemic, but also risk causing one if something goes wrong, is it worth it?

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SCAD steals the show, named one of 2021’s best film schools in U.S. and Canada by MovieMaker

MovieMaker lists the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) as one best film schools in the U.S. and Canada of 2021 for its production training.

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Yasiin Bey — Formerly Known as Mos Def — to Portray Thelonious Monk in Biopic

Yasiin Bey will portray jazz piano legend Thelonious Monk in the biopic “Thelonious,” which is slated to begin production in summer 2022.

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And finally…

What Netflix’s ‘Cat People’ Can Teach Us — The Atlantic

A new Netflix series asks viewers to take an empathetic look at the humans who love felines.

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