Media update March 2022

Tech

  • Amazon announced a 20-for-1 stock split along with a USD 10 Bn buy-back plan WSJ
  • Magic Leap presented their Magic Leap 2 – a step towards AR and a better weighed launch with more reason in their presentation (compared to previous version) according to most reviews TheVerge | VentureBeat | Fortune
  • What cryptocurrencies and NFTs are NYTimes
  • Meta allegedly hired a PR firm to publish half-truths about TikTok being bad for Americans WashingtonPost
  • Google Cloud launches BigLake to make it easier for their clients to easier analyze data hosted withing the Google ecosystem TechCrunch
  • Workers at Amazon’s warehouse in Staten Island have become the first to vote for unionisation Tortoise
  • Tencent have blocked 10 accounts on WeChat related to NFT trading following the Chinese ban on trading cryptocurrencies in other FX than Chinese Yuan Tortoise

Media

  • Youtube is said to offer podcasters between USD 50 000 and USD 300 000 to record their shows and post the videos on Youtube Bloomberg
  • TikTok looking to do something in the podcasting space? Looking for a manger of their Podcast operations Bytedance
  • Amazon to launch the music application Amp. An app to compete against Spotify and Clubhouse and their alikes TheVerge
  • Apple TV+ adds Major League Baseball as streaming service (its first into live sports) Yahoo
  • Roku CEO anticipates only a few OS players will control the smart TVs (Roku of course being one) Fierce video
  • Pluto TV – the ads financed streaming service – is about to launch in Sweden DiDigital
  • As the HBO and Discovery merger worth USD 43Bn is about to close (April 11th) the WarnerMedia CEO leaves the company TechCrunch
  • One of Twitter’s largest account holders joins its board of directors and purchased stock worth USD 3Bn (now worth 3.75Bn) right ahead of the announcement TheVerge | TheInformation
  • Young men have been the most frequent cinema visitors post-covid WSJ
  • PodX (Pod X Group) funded by Pophouse aims to consolidate smaller podcast production studios to an international Podcast group DiDigital

Other

  • Distribution of import of gas in selected countries TortoiseIEA