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Los Angeles: An L.A. Real Estate First: Houses Accept Buyers’ Bitcoin and Display NFT Art

Los Angeles: An L.A. Real Estate First: Houses Accept Buyers’ Bitcoin and Display NFT Art

BY HADLEY MEARES | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for LosAngelesNewsAndTalk.Com In high-end contemporary listings, developers and brokers are experimenting with accepting cryptocurrency as payment and showcasing blockchain-authenticated digital art. The soaring contemporary architecture and breathtaking views of the Palazzo di Vista in Bel Air may seem well worth the $87.77 million it’s listed for. But the lucky buyer will also acquire a $7 million art collection, including an NFT (non-fungible token) art gallery, curated by MDP Art Curators, with works by Ghost Girl and BigHead Music Producer. “The art world is changing so fast in this digital world, so we thought, ‘Why…
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Alex Rodriguez, Bron Among Investors in New Social Commerce Company NOWwith

Alex Rodriguez, Bron Among Investors in New Social Commerce Company NOWwith

BY DEGEN PENER | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT Founded by Nicole Winnaman and Abra Potkin, the soon-to-launch platform is designed to let stars and influencers seamlessly sell products through their social feeds. Alex Rodriguez is an initial major investor. Stars like Dolly Parton and companies such as Bron Studios (behind such films as Joker, Respect and Candyman) see it as a promising new way to monetize content. They are among the names who have lined up behind the upcoming launch of NOWwith, a startup that’s set to enter the growing space known as social commerce next month. Social commerce, a part of ecommerce, is a catch-all term for…
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Parsec CEO Benjy Boxer on Future of Remote Computer Access in a Hybrid World

Parsec CEO Benjy Boxer on Future of Remote Computer Access in a Hybrid World

BY TRILBY BERESFORD | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT The co-founder talks with The Hollywood Reporter about shifting priorities in the pandemic, an ongoing partnership with Electronic Arts and the challenge of making Parsec a tool that can be employed by different industries. Among the video game and media industries, Parsec became a known word during the height of the coronavirus pandemic when remote access to games became crucial. Games were still being rapidly made and played, and many needed to be demo-ed or previewed without people physically being in an office to connect to a workstation. Parsec existed before COVID-19…
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Twitter Tops 206M Users, Soars Past Revenue Expectations

Twitter Tops 206M Users, Soars Past Revenue Expectations

BY ALEX WEPRIN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT The social media company reported revenue of $1.19 billion in the quarter (up 74 percent year over year), led by a reinvigorated advertising business. But its U.S. user base declined slightly. Twitter on Thursday reported that it now had more than 206 million monetizable daily active users, and revealed its Q2 earnings, which easily topped Wall Street expectations. Twitter reported revenue of $1.19 billion for the quarter (up 74 percent year over year), beating the $1.07 billion expectation, and earnings per share of $0.20, versus an expectation of $0.07. The company had GAAP operating…
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Going Mobile: Netflix Wants to Be the Everything App

Going Mobile: Netflix Wants to Be the Everything App

BY ALEX WEPRIN, J. CLARA CHAN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT Forays into games, podcasts and TikTok-like shorts suggest the streaming giant is thinking about new ways to present content beyond TV screens. Despite its reputation as the king of subscription streaming video, Netflix understands it has never had the dominance on mobile devices that it has on TV screens. When a subscriber plops down on the couch and opens the Netflix app on their TV, they are welcomed with an array of content the service thinks they will want to binge-watch. On mobile, when a user may only have 30 seconds or a minute…
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‘John Wick,’ ‘Mad Men’ NFTs in the Works as Lionsgate Inks Deal With Tom Brady-Backed NFT Platform Autograph

‘John Wick,’ ‘Mad Men’ NFTs in the Works as Lionsgate Inks Deal With Tom Brady-Backed NFT Platform Autograph

BY ALEX WEPRIN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT Autograph also announced a deal with Draftkings, which will exclusively sell sports-related NFTs on a new marketplace it is creating. Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) of entertainment franchises like The Hunger Games, Mad Men, John Wick and Dirty Dancing are in the works, as Lionsgate has signed a strategic partnership with Autograph, the NFT platform co-founded by Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. Autograph also announced a deal with Draftkings, which will exclusively sell sports-related NFTs on a new marketplace it is creating. Sports icons Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzky, Derek Jeter, Naomi Osaka and Tony Hawk have signed on as advisers, and will exclusively sell their…
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Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin crew complete successful spaceflight

Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin crew complete successful spaceflight

BY WILLIAM HARWOOD | CBSNews.Com Troy Warren for CNT   Riding his own rocket, Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezosstreaked into space Tuesday on a thrilling 10-minute up-and-down flight, a high-tech joyride that sets the stage for the start of commercial passenger service later this year. Competing head to head with fellow billionaire Richard Branson, who flew into space aboard his Virgin Galactic rocketplane July 11, Bezos blasted off with his brother Mark and two history-making passengers: 82-year-old aviation pioneer Wally Funk, the oldest person to fly in space, and Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old Dutch student who is the youngest ever to fly in…
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Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin set for historic space launch

Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin set for historic space launch

By The Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT Oldest, youngest persons set to fly into space VAN HORN, Texas — Jeff Bezos is about to soar on his space travel company’s first flight with people on board. The founder of Blue Origin as well as Amazon on Tuesday will become the second billionaire to ride his own rocket. He’ll launch from West Texas with his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old female aviation pioneer from Texas — the youngest and oldest to ever hurtle off the planet.  Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket is set to blast off with…
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Instagram Asks Court to Delete Users’ Suit Over Embed Feature

Instagram Asks Court to Delete Users’ Suit Over Embed Feature

BY ASHLEY CULLINS | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT The social media giant argues embedding “is not direct copyright infringement” and therefore no one can be secondarily liable for enabling it. Instagram users unhappy that their images have been embedded on third party sites can’t sue the app over it, at least that’s what the social media giant is trying to convince a California federal judge. Two photographers in May sued Instagram on behalf of a proposed class of users who from July 1, 2013 to present uploaded content to the app that was embedded elsewhere without permission. They claim the feature flouts copyright…
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Biden on Facebook: ‘They’re killing people’ with vaccine misinformation

Biden on Facebook: ‘They’re killing people’ with vaccine misinformation

Salvador Rodriguez | CNBC.Com Troy Warren for CNT   KEY POINTS President Joe Biden on Friday said platforms like Facebook are killing people by allowing Covid-19 vaccine misinformation on their services. White House press secretary Jen Psaki earlier Friday said Facebook needs to do more to fight misinformation regarding coronavirus vaccines. Psaki’s comments come one day after she said the Biden administration was flagging problematic posts that spread misinformation for Facebook. President Joe Biden on Friday said platforms like Facebook are killing people by allowing Covid-19 vaccine misinformation on their services. Asked what his message was to platforms like Facebook regarding Covid disinformation, Biden said…
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