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Original Content podcast: ‘Bridgerton’ is an addictive reimagining of Jane Austen-style romance image
Original Content podcast: ‘Bridgerton’ is an addictive reimagining of Jane Austen-style romance image
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“Bridgerton,” the Shondaland drama that launched last month on Netflix, offers a few key updates to the standard formula of Regency-era  romance. For one thing, there’s a racially diverse cast, with Black actors taking on the role of early 19th-centu...



Google threatens to close its search engine in Australia as it lobbies against digital news code image
Google threatens to close its search engine in Australia as it lobbies against digital news code image
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Google has threatened to close its search engine in Australia — as it dials up its lobbying against draft legislation that is intended to force it to pay news publishers for reuse of their content. Facebook would also be subject to the law. And has p...



Spotify announces an exclusive podcast deal with filmmaker Ava DuVernay image
Spotify announces an exclusive podcast deal with filmmaker Ava DuVernay image
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Spotify continues to enlist big names for its podcasting efforts. The latest: Filmmaker Ava DuVernay and her arts collective Array. DuVernay has directed theatrically-released films including “Selma” and “A Wrinkle in Time,” but she also made “13th”...



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YouTube launches hashtag landing pages to all users image
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YouTube is embracing the hashtag. The company has been quietly working on a new feature that allows users to better discover content using hashtags — either by clicking on a hashtag on YouTube or by typing in a hashtag link directly. Before, these ac...



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Google inks agreement in France on paying publishers for news reuse image
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Google has reached an agreement with an association of French publishers over how it will be pay for reuse of snippets of their content. This is a result of application of a ‘neighbouring right’ for news which was transposed into national law followi...



Podchaser raises $4m to build a comprehensive podcast database image
Podchaser raises $4m to build a comprehensive podcast database image
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Podchaser, a startup building what it calls “IMDB for podcasts,” recently announced that it has raised $4 million in a funding round led by Greycroft. In other words, it’s a site where — similar to the Amazon-owned Internet Movie Database — users can...



Netflix’s ‘Shuffle Play’ feature will roll out to all users worldwide this year image
Netflix’s ‘Shuffle Play’ feature will roll out to all users worldwide this year image
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Netflix is always in search of a better way to instantly connect users to something to watch, instead of having them waste time unsuccessfully scrolling through all the available programming options. Now, the company says a recent test focused on sol...



Apple’s new editorial franchise, Apple Podcasts Spotlight, to highlight interesting creators image
Apple’s new editorial franchise, Apple Podcasts Spotlight, to highlight interesting creators image
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Apple today announced a new editorial franchise called Apple Podcasts Spotlight, which aims to highlight rising podcast creators in the U.S. The editorial team at Apple will select new podcast creators to feature every month and then give them promin...