The Radice Files — Episode #117: “VR and Covid unite”

It was only a matter time before scientists figured out how to fight the virus a new way. Using VR.

The push for a “PBS for the internet” — Axios

Revamping the structure of public media could help shore up local news.

www.axios.com

Is Disney Plus Done with Premier Access? | Next TV

Disney’s day-and-date streaming strategy goes from ‘watershed moment’ to potentially finished forever in just three short weeks

www.nexttv.com

Trump Is Gone, but the Media’s Misinformation Challenge Is Still Here — The New York Times

Should news outlets contextualize false claims made by powerful people? Or ignore them completely? There is no consensus in the industry, but its thinking continues to evolve.

www.nytimes.com

YouTube Shorts Fund offers $10,000/month for creators — The Verge

YouTube’s Shorts Fund will pay creators up to $10,000 per month for making original videos for YouTube’s TikTok competitor, YouTube Shorts.

www.theverge.com

These scientists are using virtual reality to develop COVID-19 treatments

Looking at molecules in 3D arms scientists with important information that’s hard to glean from traditional 2D formats.

www.fastcompany.com

If the metaverse gets real, it shouldn’t be Facebook’s to control

Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of an alternate digital reality could be a privacy and misinformation hellscape.

www.fastcompany.com

WSJ News Exclusive | Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine to Be Sold to Media Company Backed by Blackstone

The venture will be run by former Walt Disney executives Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs, who are hunting for content companies amid a land-grab for high-quality programming in Hollywood.

www.wsj.com

How the long-dead public-television painter Bob Ross became a streaming phenomenon (and kicked up plenty of dirt in the process)

Bob Ross is a supremely unlikely hero of the digital video age — and, according to critics, a cautionary tale.

www.washingtonpost.com

David Zaslav Does Not Have ‘a Lot of Hope’ for Nielsen, Wants Industry to ‘Leave Them in the Dust’

Discovery boss says TV ratings company “can’t get its act together”

www.thewrap.com

Discovery Tops Wall Street’s Q2 Estimates On Advertising Rebound; Streaming Business Hits 18M Subscribers

Advertising rebounded strongly in the second quarter, enabling Discovery Communications to easily beat Wall Street’s estimates.

deadline.com

Twitch’s new Stream Display Ads are a less disruptive type of ad — The Verge

Twitch is experimenting with a new type of ad, called Stream Display Ads, which show up under or around somebody’s stream but don’t stop you from seeing or hearing what’s going on.

www.theverge.com

Apple AirPods 3: Insider Claims New Earbuds Will Be Biggest Change Yet

Apple’s next AirPods are due to launch this Fall and it’s predicted will introduce a major design change.

www.forbes.com

Google is building its own chip for the Pixel 6 — TechCrunch

Google just dumped a whole bunch of news about its upcoming Pixel 6 smartphone. Maybe the company was looking to get out in front of August 11’s big Samsung event — or perhaps it’s just hoping to keep people interested in the months leading up to a big fall announcement (and beat additional leaks to […]

techcrunch.com

Amber Riley, Bill Bellamy And Loretta Devine Lead BET+ Holiday Film Slate

EXCLUSIVE: BET+ is gearing up for the holiday season with the release of eight new original films that’ll begin rolling out in November. The slate includes a variety of genres including famil…

deadline-com.cdn.ampproject.org

How Hearst is conquering Connecticut with the latest in a growing roster of statewide networks — Poynter

Most news outlets cut back to service only metro areas during the Great Recession. That’s changing in South Carolina, Arkansas and, now, Connecticut.

www.poynter.org

Dating changed during the pandemic; apps are following suit

LONDON (AP) — Early in the coronavirus pandemic, Jennifer Sherlock went out with a few men she met through dating apps. The dates were “weird,” she said, and not just because they were masked, socially distanced and outdoors.

apnews.com

And finally…

450,000 honeybees have been occupying the walls of this home for 35 years. They just got rehomed

Sara Weaver and her husband knew their newest home purchase in Pennsylvania needed some extra love and attention — but what they didn’t know is that an estimated 450,000 bees had been living in the walls for almost 35 years.

edition.cnn.com

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