Apple is ordering up exclusive podcasts to take on Spotify and Amazon: report

The growing success of podcasts has led major players in the tech industry to finally start considering them as a serious of revenue, with big brands increasingly offering funding and support to existing producers and original creators.
A new report from Bloomberg suggests that Apple intends to fund its own original podcasts and stream them exclusively on its own platform, according to “people familiar with the matter”, in order to compete with the existing market.

Daniella Tsakos, William Kaiserman – The New York Times

Daniella Josephine Tsakos and William Andrew Kaiserman are to be married July 14 at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Westfield, N.J. The Rev. Peter Delvizis, a Greek orthodox priest, is to perform the ceremony.
The bride and groom, both 27, met at Rutgers, from which each graduated.
The bride works in Totowa, N.J., as the chief of staff to State Senator Kristin Corrado, a Republican.
She is a daughter of Maria Tsakos and Paul Tsakos of Westfield. The bride’s father is a photojournalist and producer for Fox 5 News in New York.

Elon Musk’s Company Takes Baby Steps to Wiring Brains to the Internet

Apple is said to be planning to bankroll the creation of original podcasts from third-parties that it will offer exclusively on its own streaming services, Bloomberg reports. The report says that Apple’s plans to land podcast exclusives will help the company compete with similar offerings from streaming rivals including Spotify and Sticher, both of which are funding exclusive podcast content, and in some cases, wholly original shows to run on their own streaming audio offerings.

Volta Charging borrows $44 million to energize its ad-based electric car charging network

Finding a spot to juice up an electric vehicle is rarely a walk in the park. In the U.S. as of 2018, there were approximately only 57,000 outlets and 20,000 charging stations across the country, the bulk of which were concentrated in California. And according to a recent study published by the International Council on Clean Transportation, most locales will need to build 20% more stations to accommodate the 125 million electric cars expected to hit the road by 2030.

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