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Spotify acquires content tracking firm Kinzen to detect misinformation, disinformation and hate speech in podcasts

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Spotify has acquired Dublin-based content tracking specialist Kinzen, in a move that will expand the audio streaming service's ability to identify harmful content on the platform.

Kinzen started working with Spotify in 2020 to help detect misinformation, disinformation and hate speech in podcasts. "Kinzen’s advanced technology and deep expertise will help us more effectively deliver a safe, enjoyable experience on our platform around the world," said Spotify in a blogpost.

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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Comcast’s new video streaming bundle StreamSaver will provide Peacock, Netflix and Apple TV+ for $15 monthly

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Cable and internet provider Comcast plans to launch a new streaming bundle at the end of May that will include Peacock, Netflix, and Apple TV+ for a monthly charge of $15.

The bundle — named StreamSaver — will be available to new and existing Xfinity Internet and TV customers. "By bringing these premium streaming services together for the first time, Xfinity is making it easy for customers to enjoy exceptional entertainment, including thousands of hours of live sports, from the best streami...

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Walt Disney and Warner Bros Discovery plan to bundle Disney+, Hulu and Max in the US

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Disney Entertainment and Warner Bros. Discovery have partnered to offer a new streaming bundle that includes video streaming services Disney+, Hulu and Max.

The new bundle will be available to US audiences for purchase this summer on any of the three streaming platform’s websites and offered as both an ad-supported and ad-free plan. The companies did not disclosed the subscription rates for the bundle. Additional details regarding the bundle offer will be shared "in the coming months."

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Sony Music Entertainment plans bid for Teijin’s e-comics provider Infocom Corp against Blackstone and KKR

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Sony Music Entertainment — a division of Sony Group Corp. — has set a target on Japanese e-comics provider Infocom Corp. — owned by Teijin — in a deal estimated to be worth around ¥200 billion ($1.3 billion), according to Bloomberg News.

Infocom operates Mecha Comic, one of the largest e-comic distribution platforms in Japan. SME is not the only party interested in Infocom — private equity funds Blackstone and KKR are also chasing the company. Bloomberg said a second round of bidding for T...

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