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Snap Shares Tank as Market Fears Drag on Social Media Ads

Shares of Snap continued to plummet Friday, following analyst downgrades after the company missed lowered earnings expectations and warned of a tough macroeconomic environment.  More worrying still was the fact that the company did not issue future guidance after having revised expectations for the second quarter. This caused concern about the overall impact on the […]

YouTube Says It Will Remove Videos Showing Abortion Misinformation

YouTube said it will take down videos that show unsafe methods of abortion or otherwise promote false information about the procedure.  “Starting today and ramping up over the next few weeks, we will remove content that provides instructions for unsafe abortion methods or promotes false claims about abortion safety under our medical misinformation policies,” the […]

Which Service Is That Show On? New App Debuts Amid Crowded Streaming Market

In an era of peak TV, and then some, it’s rarely a struggle to find something to watch. Instead, the challenge typically arrives when trying to remember on what platform the thing you want to see is streaming. Enter QEWD. Launched this week, the free app serves as a discovery engine meant to make it […]

Snap Misses on Second-Quarter Revenue, Does Not Issue Future Guidance

Snap reported $1.11 billion in revenue during the second quarter after the company previously warned it would miss its revenue expectations for the quarter. The revenue number marks a 13 percent increase year-over-year, coming in below its previous guidance of 20 percent to 25 percent. Daily active users increased 18 percent year over year to […]

Chris Cuomo Plots Comeback, Says He “Will Never Be a Hater” of CNN in Debut Podcast

Former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo is planning his comeback — and it’s a podcast. Cuomo on Thursday launched The Chris Cuomo Project, an interview podcast with plans to release two episodes per week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The podcast will see Cuomo give “his signature take on today’s pressing current events — and explores how […]

Netflix VP Product Todd Yellin to Exit in September

Todd Yellin, Netflix’s longtime vp product, will leave the company in September, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Thursday.  Yellin is departing the streamer to pursue film and television projects and will stay on for the next few months to help find his successor. He joined Netflix close to 17 years ago, after having worked as a […]

Tech Giants Lower Expectations Amid Ad Market Roller-Coaster

Mark Zuckerberg came with bad news. In a meeting with employees in July, the Meta CEO, who has turned his company’s focus, and investments, toward the metaverse, told staff to prepare for one of the “worst downturns that we’ve seen in recent history,” as Reuters reported. Employees used to bountiful resources would need to work […]

How I Became the Fake Tom Cruise

I wasn’t exceptional in college by any means. I studied English literature because I knew that charm and charisma could influence my overall grade in a way they couldn’t in math and sciences. I sang a cappella in a group whose repertoire was stuck in the 1940s and was a bottom-rung substitute on the squash […]

SAG-AFTRA: Deepfakes “Pose a Potential Threat to Performers’ Livelihoods”

As the capabilities of AI-generated content, including what is commonly referred to as deepfakes, continue to evolve, it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish the real from the synthetic. This can offer creative opportunities for actors and filmmakers — allowing Mark Hamill to regain his youthful appearance as Luke Skywalker on The Book of Boba Fett, […]

The Gaming Creator Economy Goes Public as FaZe Clan Closes $725M SPAC Merger

As the so-called creator economy continues to be dominated by tech platforms like TikTok, YouTube and Snapchat, the creators themselves are increasingly looking for ways to get their own piece of the pie. On Wednesday, one of the most notable shifts in that direction happened, as FaZe Clan, the gaming and content creator collective, went […]

Spin Master Strikes Multiyear Games Licensing Deal With Sony’s PlayStation

Spin Master, the children’s entertainment company behind Paw Patrol, has struck a multiyear licensing deal with Sony Interactive Entertainment’s PlayStation brand to create physical toys and games based on SIE-owned games like God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn, The Last of Us and Uncharted. As part of the deal, Spin Master will develop action figures, […]

Christina Ricci to Star as Harley Quinn in Next Podcast From Spotify, Warner Bros. (Exclusive)

Christina Ricci is heading to Gotham City. The Yellowjackets star has been tapped to lead the voice cast for Spotify and Warner Bros.’ next audio series, Harley Quinn & The Joker: Sound Mind, as Harley Quinn herself. Ricci will be joined by Billy Magnussen as the Joker and Justin Hartley as Batman. The series, which has begun production, […]