By David Farrell
The data also show that many Canadians are concerned about the future of free speech, with 40 per cent saying they suspect it will be harder to speak freely on controversial topics. The new Postmedia-Leger poll surveying Canadians on the state of free speech as the country gears up for an expected federal election found a large majority think that social media companies should be forced to monitor and remove content they consider hateful. – Christopher Nardi, National Post
The deal announced Thursday will bring together Score Media's popular theScore mobile sports news app, as well as its betting services in four U.S. states, with Penn National's dozens of gaming and racing properties across 20 states.
The acquisition of Score Media and Gaming adds to Penn National's holdings in sports media after it bought a 36 per cent stake in Barstool Sports Inc. in 2020. – The Canadian Press
What the new deals with Facebook and Google are about is the use of actual newspaper content, even whole articles, in packages the publishers put together themselves, on dedicated services hosted by the platforms. – Andrew Coyne, TheGlobe and Mail
Streaming services’ playlists make it easier for listeners to find music worth playing. But experts say they’re also breaking fans’ relationships with artists.
“Streaming is a great way to make an artist faceless,” says Lucas Keller, the CEO of the entertainment management company Milk & Honey, which manages some of the biggest producers and songwriters working today. His roster has written for artists including BTS, Ariana Grande, and Gwen Stefani — at one point in 2019, 10 of the songs on top 40 were written or produced by Milk & Honey talent.
“The song,” Keller says, “becomes bigger than the artist.” – Chris Harding, Vox
News reports suggest that the final cost of hosting the Olympics could balloon up to $28 billion.
According to data from a study by the University of Oxford titled ‘Regression to the Tail: Why the Olympics Blow Up’, most of the earlier editions of the Olympics, for which data is available, have had cost overruns. The highest was 720 per cent for Montreal 1976 and Rio 2016’s overrun was 352 per cent.
The revenue of the Games is expected to total around $6B, including $2.9B from broadcasters. – Annapurani. V & Chennai, Business Line
Canadian Music Blog has the medal count for Canada and its international competitors, breaks down who won what, and tracks our standing since our best performance at the 1904 Games in St. Louis.
A common narrative about the internet in China is that the government built the “Great Firewall” in order to suppress its democratizing potential. Many Western liberals thought free trade would nudge China toward democracy, and that the access to information provided by an open internet would have similar influence. So when China walled off much of its internet from the outside world, it was reasonable to think the government was doing so to squelch dissent and stem the tide of democracy.
But … there was another purpose: the Chinese firewall was also a tool of protectionist industrial policy intended to insulate Chinese tech companies from global competitors, so they could scale first in the Chinese market. In other words, while the desire to control the political activity of their citizens may have been a big part of the Chinese firewall, it also served as a form of industrial protection, allowing Chinese tech companies to become the economic powerhouses they are today. – Taylor Owen, National Post
Paging Mr. Giuliani...
According to a report in Yahoo News, a Russian woman, Ksenia Ovchinnikova of Omsk, has filed a lawsuit against McDonald's.
Ms. Ovchinnikova, a devout Christian, claims that an ad for McDonald's cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets was so irresistible, it caused her to break the fast she was on for Lent, in which she was abstaining from all meat and animal products.
The plaintiff claims that McDonald's broke consumer protection laws and was insulting her religious feelings. "I could not help myself. I visited McDonald's and bought a cheeseburger," she said.
Ms. Ovchinnikova is suing McDonald's for $14. – Bob Hoffman, The Ad Contrarian