As scientists and academics of all kinds turn to Sci-Hub to freely access scientific papers, a new browser tool aims to make access even more straightforward. Currently available from the Mozilla addon store but also compatible with Chrome, ‘Sci-Hub Injector’ embeds Sci-Hub download links into popular publishers’ websites.
As the number of streaming video services has increased significantly over the past few years, Barclays media analyst Kannan Venkateshwar believes it may be time for a shakeout in the business, with participants faced with the dilemma to either double down on content investment or sell off assets. Since 2006, when Amazon launched Unbox, which became Amazon Prime Video, the number of major players in the streaming video business has ballooned from three (Netflix and Hulu are the other pioneers) to more than 50 services.
When the market surged to new heights late last summer, project Art Blocks saw one of the steepest ascents. The generative artwork project jumped from $11 million in secondary market trading volume in June to $63 million in July—and then $587 million in August. Rapidly, Art Blocks went from a crypto-native curio—blockchain-generated artwork—into a blue chip collection that many investors sought to profit from.
A competition legal expert, backed by a powerful litigation fund, is set to mount a multibillion-dollar class action suit against Facebook/Meta for breach of competition law on the basis that it abused its dominance of social networking in the U.K. for several years. If successful, the action would see Facebook having to pay $3.1 billion (£2.3 billion) in damages to Facebook U.K. users.
Video in 2022 is going to be shaped by several key trends. On the service side, consolidating the content appeal of subscription video on demand (SVOD) and advertising video on demand (AVOD) through effectively replicating traditional broadcast and linear TV offerings will be key. MIDiA defines these basic strategic content pillars, which are essential for providing a mainstream streaming TV consumer proposition, as G.O.L.F. (Genres, Originals, Library, and Formats).
In the latest bit of regulatory woe for Big Tech in Europe, Google is trying to settle a German antitrust investigation into its news licensing product by offering not to expand the display of News Showcase “story panels” into general search results. The German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) announced today that the company has proposed several measures in response to its antitrust concerns.
The Stockholm-based company is launching a blockchain-based marketplace for music rights in the first half of 2022 to democratize music ownership. Numerous creators are backing the company, including Steve Angello, a Greek-Swedish DJ, music producer, and label owner. He is also a member of the Swedish House Mafia. Advisors to the project include legendary Canadian-American music producer Doc McKinney.
The Associated Press has announced that it’s starting a marketplace to sell NFTs of its photojournalists’ work in collaboration with a company called Xooa. It’s billing its foray into NFTs as a way for collectors to “purchase the news agency’s award-winning contemporary and historic photojournalism” and says that the virtual tokens will be released at “broad and inclusive price points.”
Dead and Company canceled its upcoming Playing in the Sand festival in Cancun. John Mayer pulled out of the event’s first weekend due to testing positive for COVID-19. The 2022 Grammy Awards are postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19 concerns in Los Angeles. “After careful consideration and analysis with city and state officials, health and safety experts, the artist community, and our many partners, we have postponed the 64th Grammys,” the Recording Academy statement reads.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) has canceled its annual conference in Miami, which was set to take place from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20. The organization announced it would not be proceeding with the in-person conference on Saturday. Dates and locations for the next conference and marketplace event are currently under consideration.