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Samsung TV Plus records a 60% global viewership increase: The CTV provider is rolling out extensive content updates to take advantage of interest in free ad-supported TV.

YouTube’s AI-powered music tools hint at genAI’s future: The platform is putting genAI in consumers’ hands to improve sentiments around the tech.

Major brands pull X ads after Musk’s antisemitic posts: The controversy is an escalation of X’s already severe problems with brand safety.

Objections mount to counter major changes in Big Tech’s market dominance. A win by the EU could result in global ramifications for tech giants.

OpenAI upheaval casts a long shadow on its GPT-5 ambitions: Altman signs on with Microsoft while OpenAI deals with the fallout. OpenAI’s future and genAI ambitions are up in the air.

Brands boycott X as Musk’s antisemitic post triggers industry outrage: Major advertisers like IBM and Disney withdraw. Calls resound for CEO Linda Yaccarino's resignation as X’s future teeters.

On today's podcast episode, we discuss what happens now that the actors strike is over, how the Super Bowl is fundamentally changing, whether live sports need new shorter content, what's next for WhatsApp, why people immigrate to the US, and more. Tune in to the discussion with our forecasting writer Ethan Cramer-Flood, forecasting analyst Zach Goldner, and director of forecasting Oscar Orozco.

Spotify is continuing its international podcast push: The company’s podcast ad network is launching in five new countries, including India and Sweden.

Yandex's sale of Russian assets highlights political-business interplay: The move reflects challenges in global tech amid political shifts.

EU regulatory pressure results in improved iPhone-Android communications. This could mean SMS’ days are numbered in 5G markets.

On today's podcast episode, we discuss the good, the bad, and what's missing from President Biden's new AI safety executive order. "In Other News," we talk about the potential of Microsoft's AI Copilot and Elon Musk's new AI chatbot called Grok. Tune in to the discussion with our analysts Jacob Bourne and Gadjo Sevilla.

WBD shelves 'Coyote vs. Acme' for tax break, igniting industry controversy: Raises ethical questions about prioritizing finance over creativity.

As ad-supported TV and streaming services become more popular, ad variations are becoming more crucial. Through small, tactical tweaks, a holistic campaign approach, and experimentation with shoppable formats, it doesn’t have to be a costly or daunting endeavor.

Tech talent flocks to the public sector: The US government is hiring more tech workers, offering stability and competitive salaries amid industry layoffs.

France and Germany oppose foundational model regulation in the EU’s AI Act, risking Europe’s AI advancement amid a global regulatory race. Delays could disrupt AI adoption in the region.

Cruise halts robotaxi service in major cities following a permit suspension over safety concerns. Eroding public trust in autonomous vehicles could derail wider adoption.

Disney’s floundering superhero strategy catches up with it: Strikes and fatigue hurt box office performance for a new Marvel film, throwing the franchise into disarray.

Snap uses AI to empower AR: The company pivoted to AI in the last year to drive growth but is now using ChatGPT to put AR lenses back in the spotlight.

In 2023, 143.3 million people in North America will listen to a podcast at least once a month. This figure exceeds any other region or country that we currently track. Over time, however, audiences in other parts of the world will surpass the combined total of the US and Canada.