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Itching for a career change? While you may have thought you missed the train on coding jobs, that’s not the case. Developers are as in demand as ever before, doing everything from building back-end databases from scratch to touching up interactive graphics on websites and apps for virtually any business that’s serious about competing in today’s tech-driven economy.

One great place to start: the Legendary Learn to Code Bundle, a massive online learning collection that features more than 120 hours of online training dedicated to coding. It’s normally worth $ 2346.99 altogether, but for a limited time, you can pay whatever price you want for the content. Read more…

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Verizon Looking to Sell Tumblr After Destroying It By Removing Adult Content, PornHub Interested in Buying and ‘Restoring It to Its Former Glory’

Late last year, Tumblr announced that it would start banning all adult content.

Late last year was also the last time most people logged into Tumblr.

According to The Wall Street Journal, that Verizon has approached other companies in recent weeks that may be interested in buying Tumblr.

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On Thursday evening, Pornhub VP Corey Price claimed in a statement to BuzzFeed News that his company is “extremely interested” in buying Tumblr and “very much looking forward to one day restoring it to its former glory with NSFW content.” The company did not say whether it has actually made any legitimate offer to Verizon, however.

Price is referring to a major change implemented late last year, when Tumblr took the controversial step of banning porn on its platform. The company has been using AI to detect and automatically block images and videos that contain certain adult content. Existing posts containing porn were made private and are no longer publicly accessible. The move resulted in harsh criticism toward the company and a steep decline in web traffic, but Tumblr has given no indication that it plans to reverse its decision. Pornhub quickly sought to attract those users that Tumblr drove away.Tumblr itself was acquired by Yahoo for $ 1.1 billion in 2013 during the Marissa Mayer era as an attempt to revitalize and steer new, younger users to the sinking internet staple. But Yahoo never really knew what to do with Tumblr, and the micro-blogging site — with its millions of personal blogs and some of the weirdest, best things on the internet — did nothing to reverse Yahoo’s business fortunes.

Verizon finalized its $ 4.5 billion acquisition of Yahoo in 2017, which led to it taking ownership of Tumblr. Tumblr is currently part of Verizon Media Group (formerly Oath), the umbrella brand for digital properties that Verizon ultimately controlled after its two buyouts of AOL and Yahoo. The Journal notes that Verizon’s attempt to offload Tumblr comes as it tries to make the best of its collective media business after a $ 4.6 billion write-down last year, which was essentially an acknowledgement that both deals had been a mistake. Verizon sold one of its Yahoo assets, Flickr, to SmugMug about a year ago. Guru Gowrappan, the executive put in charge of Verizon Media Group last year, later criticized that sell-off as too time-consuming without enough reward.

But publicly, Verizon executives remain committed to the properties despite layoffs that have affected some of the sites and entertainment divisions. “I hope there is no doubt about our commitment to Verizon Media Group and how it fits into our whole strategy,” CEO Hans Vestberg said earlier this week, according to the Journal. Tumblr, it seems, is not necessarily part of that strategy. But now the question becomes whether there’s even a viable buyer for the platform in 2019 that won’t let it slowly wither away.

Listen, we’re all adults here — PornHub stepping in wouldn’t be a bad idea.

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Spotify Aims to Become ‘World’s Leading Audio Platform’ By Building Original Podcast Content

Earlier this week, Spotify announced that it has acquired Parcast, a “premier storytelling-driven” podcast studio that specializes in crime and mystery series. The news comes shortly after the music streaming services acquisitions of Gimlet and Anchor, two other podcast networks.

Spotify has offered the ability to stream podcasts via its app for a while now, but it’s purchasing of three podcast networks and studios means that some of this content will now be developed in-house. Parcast was founded in 2016 and has since become extremely popular, particularly with women, who make up 75% of its audience. Since Parcast launched three years ago it has already developed 18 original series, such as “Unsolved Murders”, “Cult”, “Serial Killers” and “Conspiracy”.

The three recent acquisitions highlight Spotify’s growing desire to move its business model beyond music streaming and instead provide a range of audio content for a wide variety of people. As the CEO Daniel Ek said in a recent blog-post: “I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished, but what I didn’t know when we launched to consumers in 2008 was that audio — not just music — would be the future of Spotify.”

Parcast’s proven success makes the deal between the two audio companies make sense for Spotify, as it provides little risk and potentially high reward. Over the years podcasts have become integral to millions of people’s daily routines and, as The New York Times points out, podcasts are also cheap to produce and can, therefore, bring in loyal subscribers to Spotify without relying on expensive music licensing rights.

And this is where the real incentive lies: as Owen Grover, the chief executive of Pocket Casts, a podcast app, said: “I don’t think Spotify woke up one day and realized that audio storytelling has some incredible emotional place in the life of their brand. Strategically, if they can get their users to listen to podcasts in place of music, it improves their margins.”

The move also highlights the growing competition between Apple and Spotify as they battle for top spot in the audio streaming business. Apple has so far provided the main international platform for podcasts, but Spotify’s recent expansion shows that it believes it can challenge Apple for this title. Spotify has also recently announced that it aims to spend $ 500 million on podcast-related deals over the next couple of years, so expect the competition to heat up.

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NBA to offer content across all Alibaba platforms in expanded deal

The National Basketball Association will offer fans in China original programming and an easier way to buy league gear through e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the league announced on Wednesday.


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Social media told to ‘purge’ harmful content after teenager’s death

Social media companies must “purge” their websites of content that promotes self-harm and suicide, the health secretary says.
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Netflix to Create More Interactive Content Following ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’

Following the success of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, streaming giant Netflix has officially announced it will be releasing more interactive content in the near future.

Though choose-your-own-adventure storylines have existed for quite sometime in the entertainment field, there’s no doubt Charlie Brooker’s hit anthology show has helped to bring it into the mainstream.

During a webcast to investors, Netflix’s chief product officer Greg Peters has confirmed the company is interested in pursuing more interactive stories, stating, “You should anticipate we’ll do more of those as we start to explore that format.” Chief content officer Ted Sarando also added, “We’ve got a hunch that [the interactive format] works across all kinds of storytelling and some of the greatest storytellers in the world are excited to dig into it.” Watch Netflix’s earning Q4 earnings video below and let us know in the comment section if you are looking forward to more interactive content.

For those who have yet to try out the choose-your-own-adventure episode, head over to Netflix to find out which ending of Bandersnatch you conclude with.

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Netflix’s CEO and content chief will each get $31.5M next year

Netflix is treating its top brass to some fat pay packages — including big chunks of the streaming giant’s surging shares. Chief Executive Reed Hastings and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos — Netflix’s two most visible executives — will each get $ 31.5 million next year, according to a company filing on Friday. For Hastings, all…
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‘The Cleaners’ shows the terrors human content moderators face at work

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“Out of sight, out of mind” doesn’t work when cleaning out the darkest corners of social media platforms. 

That’s what the documentary The Cleaners, which airs Monday night on PBS, reveals about content moderators in the Philippines who are relentlessly bombarded with violent, graphic, and disturbing images and videos. Ahead of the TV release at a San Francisco screening, the filmmakers Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck praised the subjects in the documentary for being “brave enough to talk to us.”

Manila has become a de facto headquarters for content moderation for some of the biggest social media and content services like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google, Twitter, and others. But outsourcing the harmful work doesn’t eliminate the problem. Read more…

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