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Bill Simmons tapped to head Spotify’s global sports division

Spotify has promoted The Ringer’s Bill Simmons to a new role as head of global sports strategy, reported Deadline. Simmons has worked under the streaming service’s umbrella since it bought his sports and culture podcast network The Ringer back in 2020. In his new role, we’ll likely see Simmons expand upon the current lineup of NBA, MLB and NFL-focused podcasts and dive into international territory. We’ve already gotten a hint of that with shows like The Rugby Pod with Andy Goode, Big Jim Hamilton and host Andy Rowe.

Spotify’s non-US audience is getting larger — the service is currently available in 178 countries. Its number of subscribers actually grew by 2 million in the first quarter of 2022 (despite losing all of its Russian subscribers), which it pinned on "outperformance in Latin America and Europe". Last year, the streaming service expanded to 86 new countries, with the goal of eventually streaming to over 1 billion users. Earlier this year, Spotify announced it was going to become the main partner of FC Barcelona, as well as its official audio streaming partner. Given the fact that no global sports coverage would be complete without soccer, we’re likely to see even more from this space. There’s no doubt an appetite amongst Spotify’s global audience for shows focused on the Premier League, FIFA and the World Cup, as well as other international sports topics.

The promotion of Simmons is a part of a broader shake-up in Spotify’s exec structure. Parcast founder Max Cutler will become Spotify’s head of creator content and partnerships, overseeing originals and heading an entirely new division of “creator-focused” content. Julie McNamara will oversee studio partnerships and Hollywood-produced works.

In Spotify’s latest earnings call, it announced it reached a record 422 million global monthly active users. But despite its strong growth, the initial concerns that Spotify may have bitten off more than it can chew with its $ 1 billion investment in podcasts hasn’t faded. While podcast listening hours skyrocketed during the pandemic, there’s no guarantee that Spotify will be able to hold on to that momentum in the future. 

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Lenovo announces a super cheap $60 tablet for the US, butts head with Amazon Fire Tablets

Lenovo has announced an incredibly cheap tablet for the US market, and it looks like it’s going to compete right with Amazon’s extremely affordable Fire Tablet line. It’s pretty capable for its price, though. Lenovo Tab M7 The aptly named Lenovo Tab M7 sports a 7-inch display with a middling 1024 x 600 resolution powered […]

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Facebook hires top Google engineer to head its chip development

Google snapped up a few Apple chip design talents over the past year to create its own processors, but now it has lost one of its own to another rival. According to Bloomberg, Facebook has hired Shahriar Rabii to head its silicon development efforts….
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Apple’s Upgrade Program offers a ‘head start’ on iPhone X

While initial pre-orders for the iPhone X are still a week away from opening, some Apple die-hards will be able to get started early. Apple's installment-based Upgrade Program that lets customers get a new phone every year will, just like it did with…
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Want to watch the presidential debates? Just head over to Twitter

A new deal brokered between the social media platform and Bloomberg Television will allow the Twitterverse to view a live-stream of all three presidential debates, the first of which is to take place on September 26.

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Want to get inside a musician’s head? GE’s Neuro VR makes it happen

Getting into someone’s brain has never been as exciting or looked as beautiful as it does through the futuristic lens of GE’s Neuro VR, which uses MRI scans to create a 3D experience of the brain like never before.

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Get your head in the cloud: Kurzweil predicts humans will be artifically intelligent by 2030

According to Ray Kurzweil, humans will be artificially intelligent by 2030, making us half-homo sapien, half-computer. Kurzweil predicted, “Our thinking then will be a hybrid of biological and non-biological thinking. “

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Vi-Band hands-free head massager means no need for a girlfriend

Why should we have to rub our own temples in this day and age? We don’t. There’s a group of engineers — actually a team of rocket scientists with a serious sense of humor — that came together and invented the Vi-Band head massager.

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