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In a hurry? Here's our pick of the top news items of the week.

  • 51% of US Gen Zers choose TikTok, not Google, for search due to the video format of the results and more relatable and personalized answers. (Search Engine Land)

  • AppleTV+ saw 110k sign-ups to MLS Season Pass on the day of Lionel Messi's debut with Inter Miami FC, a 280% increase from the number of sign-ups generated on the first day of the 2023 season. (Antenna)

  • OpenAI unveiled a Canva plugin for ChatGPT to simplify the process of creating visuals such as logos, banners and more. (Decrypt)

  • Google is rolling out Privacy Sandbox, its tech to replace third-party cookies, to all Chrome users. (Tech Crunch)

  • The US Open set a Labor Day Weekend attendance record this year, with 202K fans coming to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center over the three days. (SBJ)

Audiences

  • Sale ads are the best drivers of awareness and purchase for digital shoppers in the US. (Insider)

  • 61% of NFL fans 18-29 agree “watching sports via streaming is so much better than watching on live TV," compared to 33% of NFL fans 30+. (YouGov)

  • Netflix is the most frequently canceled streaming service among American adults, followed by Hulu. (Yahoo)

Platforms

  • Google Chrome will push ahead with "Enhanced Ad Privacy," allowing brands to serve targeted ads based on users' browser history. (The Register)

  • Disney has accelerated the timeline to buy all of Hulu, and the sale process will now begin September 30th. (Bloomberg)

  • Instead of having ads scattered throughout the YouTube video you’re watching, the platform is experimenting with longer chunks of ads that appear in the middle of content. (The Verge)

  • Google is putting short videos on Play Store to help with app discovery. (Tech Crunch)

  • Tubi surpassed 74M monthly active users, up from 64M in February, and reported 4B streaming hours for the first half of this year. (Tech Crunch)

  • Paramount will raise the price for its cornerstone streaming plan within the next two years after hiking the cost of Paramount+ with Showtime when it launched earlier this summer. (THR)

  • Snapchat announced a series of new safeguards for its app aimed at better protecting teen users. (Tech Crunch)

  • Serie A is considering launching a DTC streaming platform as distributor bids come in below the league’s target. (World Soccer Talk)

Content

  • A dispute between Charter Communications and Disney led to ESPN channels being blacked out briefly for Spectrum cable subscribers. (USA Today)

  • Max will make live sports free for a limited time later this year. (The Verge)

  • Spotify is testing making lyrics a Premium-only feature in a bid to get more paying subscribers. (The Verge)

  • Meta plans to remove the News tab in Facebook’s bookmarks section in the UK, France and Germany. (The Verge)

  • As part of its new strategy focusing on revenue growth and profitability, Disney+ removed local Turkish content from its catalogue in Turkey. (Ampere Analysis)

  • YouTube is adding a new “Playables” section on the site that will include games that can be played on both the desktop website and mobile devices. (The Verge)

  • Universal Music and Deezer have made an arrangement they expect will lift payouts to artists by 10%. (Financial Times)

_Tech_ _&_ AI

  • Hot wallet MetaMask now allows crypto cash-out to PayPal and banks, allowing users to convert ETH to USD. (Tech Crunch)

  • Anthropic launched a paid version of its Claude chatbot in the US and UK priced at $20 (or £18) per month. (The Verge)

  • Slack is launching a built-in AI tool that can do things like summarize threads, recap channel highlights and search for answers within messages. (The Verge)

  • Google will require disclaimers for AI-generated political ads starting in November. (The Verge)

  • eBay's new AI-driven tool uses images uploaded by sellers to fill in other information about products. (The Verge)

Location-based _entertainment_

  • Tituss Burgess will return to Broadway for a stint in "Moulin Rouge! The Musical," playing the role of club owner Harold Zidler. (Deadline)

  • NYC Airbnb listings have dropped dramatically following a new rule requiring short-term rental hosts to register with the city in order to get paid through sites like Airbnb. (Gothamist)

  • Six Flags will open several new rides across a dozen parks, five of them in partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery and DC. (The LCN)

  • Over 70K Burning Man festival-goers were stranded in Nevada's Black Rock Desert following rare rain storms. (Axios)

  • Julian Casablancas+The Voidz announced a New York residency for three nights at the Murmrr in October. (Dork)

  • Bradley Cooper's "Maestro" will close AFI Fest this October following its successful premiere at the Venice International Film Festival. (Collider)

  • Jessica Lange, Jim Parsons and Celia Keenan-Bolger will star in “Mother Play,” a new Broadway show by playwright Paula Vogel. (Variety)

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