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Shadows’ Dylan Flinn and Kombo’s Kevin Gould on the business of ‘virtual influencers’

Shadows’ Dylan Flinn and Kombo’s Kevin Gould on the business of ‘virtual influencers’ In films, TV shows and books — and even in video games where characters are designed to respond to user behavior — we don’t perceive characters as beings with whom we can establish two-way relationships. But that’s poised to […]

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Buy your tickets to the 3rd Annual TechCrunch Winter Party

Buy your tickets to the 3rd Annual TechCrunch Winter Party We love parties almost as much as we love startups, but we go absolutely bonkers for a hot startup-party mashup. That’s why we’re returning to host our 3rd Annual TechCrunch Winter Party in San Francisco on Friday, February 7. Even better news, […]

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How the founder of Pocketwatch sees the future of children’s entertainment

How the founder of Pocketwatch sees the future of children’s entertainment When Chris Williams founded entertainment platform Pocketwatch in 2017, he was certain that no one had yet found the right way to work with the generation of children’s talent finding its audience on platforms like YouTube. Convinced that packaging creators under […]

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Watch Sacha Baron Cohen skewer Zuckerberg’s “twisted logic” on hate speech and fakes

Watch Sacha Baron Cohen skewer Zuckerberg’s “twisted logic” on hate speech and fakes Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has waded into the debate about social media regulation. In an award-acceptance speech to the Anti Defamation League yesterday the creator of Ali G and Borat delivered a precision takedown of what he called Facebook […]

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Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global is buying a startup that uses neuroscience to boost app usage

Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global is buying a startup that uses neuroscience to boost app usage When Arianna Huffington stepped down from her role at the Huffington Post to start Thrive Global, she said the goal of her new business was to help a generation “avoid the burnout that all too often comes […]

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Twitter says it will restrict users from retweeting world leaders who break its rules

Twitter says it will restrict users from retweeting world leaders who break its rules Twitter said it will restrict how users can interact with tweets from world leaders who break its rules. The social media giant said it will not allow users to like, reply, share or retweet the offending tweets, but […]

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Source: Nike has picked up Russell Wilson’s Tally/TraceMe in a rare acquisition

Source: Nike has picked up Russell Wilson’s Tally/TraceMe in a rare acquisition Nike has long been synonymous with premium sneakers and other sports gear, but now it seems that the company could be extending its brand into another area — digital media — thanks to the rumored acquisition of a Seattle-based startup. […]

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Trump gets on Twitch

Trump gets on Twitch The reelection campaign will be livestreamed. US president Donald Trump has joined Amazon-owned livestreaming platform Twitch. Twitch is best known as a social video streaming platform for gamers but does host other content, including politics. The verified DonaldTrump Twitch account, spotted earlier by Reuters, has just one video […]

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Holoride makes its in-car VR available to the public for the first time

Holoride makes its in-car VR available to the public for the first time Audi spin-out Holoride is launching to the general public for the first time, though a collaboration with Ford and Universal Pictures . The young company is focused on a unique twist on virtual reality: In-car VR, to be experienced […]

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YouTube to reduce conspiracy theory recommendations in the UK

YouTube to reduce conspiracy theory recommendations in the UK YouTube is expanding an experimental tweak to its recommendation engine that’s intended to reduce the amplification of conspiracy theories to the UK market. In January, the video-sharing platform said it was making changes in the US to limit the spread of conspiracy theory […]

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