Apple will let podcasters sell subscriptions and keep a cut for itself

A screenshot from Apple’s April 20, 2021, product event, highlighting a new version of the Apple Podcast app. | Apple

Apple hasn’t tried to make a business out of podcasting until now. Will you pay?

Apple more or less invented podcasting. Now it’s finally going to try to make money from it: The company plans to start selling subscriptions to podcasts and keeping a slice of each transaction for itself.

Apple CEO Tim Cook briefly mentioned plans to roll out a subscription feature during the company’s keynote event Tuesday, without offering more details. But a person familiar with Apple’s plans has spelled it out to Recode:

  • Starting next month, Apple will let podcast publishers sell subscriptions to individual shows or groups of shows, and set their own pricing, starting at 49 cents a month in the US.
  • Apple won’t require podcasters to create Apple-only exclusive shows, but it does want
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‘Aggressively Centric’ McConaughey May as Well Be a ‘Leftist’ on the Right to Arms

This is actor Matthew McConaughey’s idea of being “aggressively centric” on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. (David Thomas Photography – Austin/Facebook)

U.S.A. – -( “Matthew McConaughey may be a viable candidate for Texas governor,” The Dallas Morning News reported Monday. “Poll shows actor ahead of [two-term Republican incumbent Governor Greg] Abbott.”

“For months, McConaughey has teased political pundits and TV talk show hosts with musings that he might enter politics in his home state,” the article explains. “If he were to take the plunge and run for governor, the poll found, 45% of Texas registered voters would vote for McConaughey, 33% would vote for Abbott and 22% would vote for someone else.”

That makes fair the question: Why is he a “viable candidate” who is pulling such promising early numbers?

What has the actor said or done to convince a substantial percentage of Texas … Read the rest

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NASA has just flown a helicopter on Mars for the first time

The news: NASA has flown an aircraft on another planet for the first time. On Monday, April 19, Ingenuity, a 1.8-kilogram drone helicopter, took off from the surface of Mars, flew up about three meters, then swiveled and hovered for 40 seconds. The historic moment was livestreamed on YouTube, and Ingenuity captured the photo above with one of its two cameras. “We can now say that human beings have flown a rotorcraft on another planet,” said MiMi Aung, the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, at a press conference. “We, together, flew at Mars, and we, together, now have our Wright brothers moment,” she added, referring to the first powered airplane flight on Earth in 1903.

In fact, Ingenuity carries a tribute to that famous flight: a postage-stamp-size piece of material from the Wright brothers’ plane tucked beneath its solar panel. (The Apollo crew also took … Read the rest

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Mark Zuckerberg says he’s standing up for you. Yes, you.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at a press event hosted by News Corp in October 2019. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The CEO of Facebook makes the case for Facebook.

What does the man who singlehandedly controls the world’s most important tech platform think about that platform’s role in the world?

He thinks it’s making the world a better place. Even if it causes some damage — mostly to people and institutions that are threatened by its rise.

The first part, of course, is what you would expect the CEO of Facebook to say in public. But the second part, which Mark Zuckerberg also said today in an interview where he rolled out plans to build a set of audio tools, is a sort of new and important idea.

Sort of, because it’s what Zuckerberg and many of his employees — and, in fact, lots of Silicon Valley folks — have … Read the rest

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Mandatory Firearms Training for a Constitutional Right!? ~ VIDEO

Mandatory Firearms Training for a Constitutional Right!? ~ VIDEO

Texas – -( The constitutional carry vote in Texas has ignited a conversation about the possible value of government-mandating firearms training in the gun community.

While most gun rights advocates would be in lockstep agreement that mandatory training to exercise any gun right is an unconstitutional infringement, many gun owners and even some professional instructors feel that the benefits of mandatory training outweigh the negatives. I disagree with the latter group. This is a position that I’ve held for as long as I can recall, despite the high value I place on education and training. This is what I had to say on the topic in 2014:

“Mandatory Gun Training”

“As someone who’s primary source of income for most of his adult life has been teaching people defensive firearms skills, it surprises some people that I am Against Mandatory Firearms Training

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Building a high-performance data and AI organization

CxOs and boards recognize that their organization’s ability to generate actionable insights from data, often in real-time, is of the highest strategic importance. If there were any doubts on this score, consumers’ accelerated flight to digital in this past crisis year have dispelled them. To help them become data driven, companies are deploying increasingly advanced cloud-based technologies, including analytics tools with machine learning (ML) capabilities. What these tools deliver, however, will be of limited value without abundant, high-quality, and easily accessible data.

In this context, effective data management is one of the foundations of a data-driven organization. But managing data in an enterprise is highly complex. As new data technologies come on stream, the burden of legacy systems and data silos grows, unless they can be integrated or ring-fenced.

Fragmentation of architecture is a headache for many a chief data officer (CDO), due not just to silos but also to … Read the rest

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Facebook plans to go after Clubhouse — and podcasts — with a suite of new audio products

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies remotely at a congressional hearing in July 2020. | Mandel Ngan/Getty Images

Announcements are coming on Monday, but some products won’t show up for a while.

Facebook wants you to start talking, and listening, on Facebook.

Sources say the social network is planning to announce a series of products — some of which won’t appear for some time — under the umbrella of “social audio” on Monday. They include Facebook’s take on Clubhouse, the audio-only social network that grew rapidly last year, as well a push into podcast discovery and distribution, aided by Spotify.

Facebook’s audio plans include:

  • An audio-only version of Rooms, a videoconferencing product it launched a year ago, when the pandemic spurred massive adoption of Zoom.
  • A Clubhouse-like product that will let groups of people listen to and interact with speakers on a virtual “stage.”
  • A product that will let Facebook users
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More Pro-Second Amendment Bills Moving in the Texas Senate and House

Texas is pushing more pro-Second Amendment bills to the Senate and House. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -( While reports about the House passing House Bill 1927, NRA-backed permitless carry legislation, dominated the news this week, there are a number of other significant pro-Second Amendment measures that are progressing through the legislative process as well.  We thank the authors of this important legislation for their work to push these initiatives through their respective legislative chambers!

This week the Texas Senate approved the following measures, sending them to the House for consideration:

Senate Bill 18, by Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe), and prioritized by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, establishes that firearm and ammunition manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, suppliers and retailers are essential businesses that shall not be prohibited by state or local officials from operating during a declared disaster or emergency.  This bill ensures that law-abiding Texans can exercise their constitutional right to purchase and … Read the rest

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Geoffrey Hinton has a hunch about what’s next for AI

Back in November, the computer scientist and cognitive psychologist Geoffrey Hinton had a hunch. After a half-century’s worth of attempts—some wildly successful—he’d arrived at another promising insight into how the brain works and how to replicate its circuitry in a computer.

“It’s my current best bet about how things fit together,” Hinton says from his home office in Toronto, where he’s been sequestered during the pandemic. If his bet pays off, it might spark the next generation of artificial neural networks—mathematical computing systems, loosely inspired by the brain’s neurons and synapses, that are at the core of today’s artificial intelligence. His “honest motivation,” as he puts it, is curiosity. But the practical motivation—and, ideally, the consequence—is more reliable and more trustworthy AI.

A Google engineering fellow and cofounder of the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Hinton wrote up his hunch in fits and starts, and at the end of February … Read the rest

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