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Original content is overrated anyway: Smart Compose is coming to Google Docs – Android Police

Original content is overrated anyway: Smart Compose is coming to Google Docs – Android...

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Original Content podcast: Disney’s ‘Mandalorian’ is never boring

Original Content podcast: Disney’s ‘Mandalorian’ is never boring

Disney’s shift to streaming is officially underway with this week’s launch of Disney+  along with its flagship show, the Star Wars series “The Mandalorian.” On the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, we discuss our initial reactions to the new streaming service. It turns out that we had fairly different responses: Anthony was impressed…
YouTube’s new kids’ content system has creators scrambling

YouTube’s new kids’ content system has creators scrambling

As of Tuesday afternoon, YouTube is requiring creators to label any videos of theirs that may appeal to children. If they say a video is directed at kids, data collection will be blocked for all viewers, resulting in lower ad revenue and the loss of some of the platform’s most popular features, including comments and…
AI-generated fake content could unleash a virtual arms race

AI-generated fake content could unleash a virtual arms race

This article is part of a VB special issue. Read the full series here: Power in AI.When it comes to AI’s role in making online content, Kristin Tynski, VP of digital marketing firm Fractl, sees an opportunity to boost creativity. But a recent experiment in AI-generated content left her a bit shaken. Using publicly available…
Original Content podcast: Apple’s star-studded ‘Morning Show’ gets off to a bumpy-but-promising start

Original Content podcast: Apple’s star-studded ‘Morning Show’ gets off to a bumpy-but-promising start

We weren’t sure what to expect from the launch of Apple’s new subscription streaming service. There were reports that the company was committed to staying family friendly, rather than exploring the adult content and creative liberties that both premium cable and streaming can offer. Plus, most of the trailers were pretty underwhelming. For our 100th…
Star Wars and Marvel content is most popular among Disney+ trial users, report finds

Star Wars and Marvel content is most popular among Disney+ trial users, report finds

Early adopters of Disney+ are mostly watching Marvel and Star Wars movies and TV shows, according to a new third-party report by SimilarWeb out today. The analytics firm measured Disney+ usage in its debut market, the Netherlands, where the service went live for a trial run back in September ahead of its global rollout. This…
Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Living with Yourself’ delivers a surprisingly emotional punchline

Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Living with Yourself’ delivers a surprisingly emotional punchline

The following post contains no major spoilers for “Living With Yourself,” but it does describe the show’s big concept — which can be a fun surprise if you manage to watch without learning anything in advance. If that’s what you want to do, maybe come back and read/listen later. When we heard that Netflix’s “Living…
Why a top content moderation company quit the business instead of fixing its problems

Why a top content moderation company quit the business instead of fixing its problems

Yesterday, as I tried to sort through Twitter’s decision to ban political ads, I got a tantalizing tip from a new source. Cognizant, the professional services company I have spent much of this year investigating over the dire conditions of its workplaces, was exiting the content moderation businesses. To my surprise, the tip turned out…
Facebook content moderation vendor quits the business after Verge investigations

Facebook content moderation vendor quits the business after Verge investigations

The professional services firm Cognizant will exit the content moderation business after two Verge investigations into working conditions at sites dedicated to Facebook, the companies said today. Cognizant had hired thousands of moderators around the world to remove hate speech, terrorism, and other inappropriate content from platforms including Facebook, Google, and Twitter. “We have determined…
Original Content podcast: If you haven’t watched ‘Succession’ yet, what are you even doing?

Original Content podcast: If you haven’t watched ‘Succession’ yet, what are you even doing?

You’ve probably already heard that HBO’s “Succession” (which recently completed its second season) is amazing. And as three East Coast tech reporters, we were probably the easiest targets for the show’s many charms. Still, we felt like we had to talk about it. In fact, our “Succession” review on this episode of the Original Content…

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Illinois Rep. Lauren Underwood talks impeachment on Kara Swisher podcast

So far, 118 Democrats in the House of Representatives have called for an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, although Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has cautioned against it. On the latest episode of Recode Decode with Kara Swisher, one of the party’s rising stars — Rep. Lauren Underwood of Illinois — explained why she…

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