They argued in the documents, which I obtained, that Netflix risked missing a boom defined by “Empire” at Fox and “Black-ish” and “How to Get Away With Murder” on ABC. At the time, the memo estimated, only about two million Black households were subscribing to Netflix—5 percent of its total subscribers. It said that Black households were a $1.4 billion revenue opportunity and that few of Netflix’s top 100 shows, popular across other groups, were resonating with Black audiences. The memo cited “the (lack of) depth in our Black content catalog,” and said Netflix was spending more money on programming for British people and anime fans than for Black Americans. […] And they raised the question of whether Netflix’s algorithms, in organizing content by race rather than genre, were failing consumers. … [Read more...] about How Netflix could dominate the Black TV renaissance
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As part of OneWeb's auction which was held on July 2, the UK government has put in no money. It has, however, pledged 500 million pounds ($623 million) in equity and the two parties are in talks with other investors about entering the consortium. … [Read more...] about UK govt forms JV with Bharti to compete with Elon Musk’s Starlink: Report
Background checks are required in all states when someone buys a firearm from a licensed dealer; it’s a simple process of filling out a form at the counter and usually receiving an immediate approval or denial. There are exceptions, though. Private sellers, including at gun shows, are not required to perform background checks on buyers. Some states, including North Carolina and Georgia, don’t require background checks when customers have concealed carry permits. While the background check figure doesn’t translate directly to gun sales—in fact, the government is prohibited by law from keeping a publicly accessible sales database—background checks are the best metric for predicting purchases. … [Read more...] about Through protests and the pandemic, gun background checks hit record high
On the public health front, the pandemic has shown the value of having a robust public transport system that gives urban populations multiple options for travelling safely without being packed together in a way that makes them vectors for disease spread. Major interventions are needed here: increasing the number and frequency of trains, integrating transit systems that are flexible and ensure last mile connectivity, such as ramping up bus fleets, adding routes and investing in electric vehicles, including rickshaws that keep the pollution in control. … [Read more...] about How can the BMC help Mumbai recover?
I am 36 years old. When my brother was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, I had taken a three-year break. He passed away in late 2012 and I came back to academics in 2013. People of my age are already well- established, and here we are, with no clue about what turn our life will take next. … [Read more...] about Forced return home and job hunt: An Indian student worries about the future after new US visa rule