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Amazon Buys Podcast Publisher Wondery

Stop sulking that no one bought you a Baby Yoda over the holiday.  The truly hot gift was a podcast company.  Amazon bought itself one last week, spending an estimated $300 million for podcast publisher Wondery.  It will help Amazon bulk up its audio streaming business, bringing shivers of non-delight to existing competitors.

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Twitter Buys and Shutters Social Podcasting App Breaker

January 5, 2021

Twitter also has a new podcast-related bauble.  They just bought Breaker, which lets podcast listeners comment on episodes, share favorites, and do other things which make the usual Twitter experience such a civilized delight.  The Breaker app will soon be discontinued as Breaker staff takes charge of Twitter’s audio-based social networking product, which inexplicably is not named Screech.

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Two-Thirds of C-Suite Can’t Recognize Bad Data: Fivetran Report

December 6, 2021

Like the determined optimist who tells his boss the factory is on fire by reporting they’ll soon be able to update their equipment, let’s find some silver linings in a batch of gloomy surveys today, Dear Reader.  We’ll start with this Fivetran report, which finds that 85% of data leaders say their company has lost money by basing decisions on bad data, and 66% believe their C-suite can’t tell when that happens.  The bright side is there’s lots of room for improvement.

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