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Shutterstock.AI launches data products for AWS Data Exchange customers

Shutterstock.AI, a new subsidiary of the widely used creative content platform Shutterstock, has announced the availability of its data on AWS Data Exchange, a service that aims at enabling companies to find and use third-party data in a privacy-compliant way. (That said, Amazon was just hit with a record-high data privacy fine by the EU.)
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Two New Octavia E. Butler Adaptations in the Works

Hollywood can’t get enough of Octavia E. Butler. Two new projects based on books by the legendary science fiction author are in the works. HBO is developing a series adaptation of Butler’s 2005 novel Fledgling, Variety reports, with Issa Rae and J.J. Abrams as the executive producers. Sonya Winton-Odamtten and Jonathan I. Kidd, the writers of the popular series Lovecraft Country, will pen the pilot script.
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4 New Adaptations To Watch in August

Keep an eye out for Kirkus’ upcoming, in-depth columns on a Hulu miniseries adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s bestseller Nine Perfect Strangers and the long-awaited film sequel Candyman, based on a Clive Barker horror story. For now, these four other book-to-screen adaptations will help you while away the summer:. Beth Reekles’...
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Thriller Author Mo Hayder Dead at 59

Clare Dunkel, who wrote thrillers under the pen name Mo Hayder, has died at 59, The Guardian reports. The cause of death was motor neuron disease. Dunkel made her literary debut in 1999 with the novel Birdman, about a London detective on the trail of a mass murderer. The novel quickly became a bestseller; a reviewer for Kirkus called it “graphic, disturbing, splendidly readable.” A sequel, The Treatment, followed two years later.
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Isaacson’s ‘Code Breaker’ Getting TV Adaptation

Walter Isaacson’s The Code Breaker is headed to the small screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Producer Mark Gordon acquired the screen rights to Isaacson’s biography of scientist Jennifer Doudna and plans to produce a limited television series based on the book. Isaacson’s book, published this March, focuses on the...
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Booker Prize Longlist Is Revealed

The longlist for the 2021 Booker Prize has been revealed, with Kazuo Ishiguro, Rachel Cusk, and Nathan Harris among those in contention for the prestigious literary award. Ishiguro was nominated for Klara and the Sun, his novel about a robot who befriends a gravely ill girl. Ishiguro won the Booker Prize in 1989 for The Remains of the Day, and made the shortlist an additional three times, for An Artist of the Floating World, When We Were Orphans, and Never Let Me Go.
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A Look Back at Osama bin Laden, 24 Years Later

Peter Bergen first met Osama bin Laden in 1997. Bergen was a CNN news producer and bin Laden was threatening war against the U.S., so Bergen’s team sat down with bin Laden at his Afghanistan hideout, filming what would become the terrorist’s first television interview. “He seemed very serious,” Bergen remembers. “But at the end of the day, we’re in a mud hut in the mountains, 6,000 feet up. How do you mount an operation? How do you attack the U.S.? The answer came a year later, when they blew up the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania simultaneously. From that point forward, it was clear that he wasn’t just a blowhard.”
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Data overload: Marketoon of the Week

This week’s Marketoon takes us through the various stages of data intrusion at the hands of unsavvy data management. Fishburne’s take: Marketers are starting to go on a data diet, changing from an emphasis on big data (collecting as much data as possible) to lean data (collecting only what delivers immediate value). But they’re also re-evaluating their data sources, shifting from third party data brokers to the data consumers willingly share about themselves directly to a brand. Forrester coined the term “zero party data” for this volunteered data: “Zero party data is that which a customer intentionally and proactively shares with a brand. It can include preference center data, purchase intentions, personal context, and how the individual wants the brand to recognize her.”
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Place Exchange completes spinout from OOH publisher Intersection

Place Exchange, an SSP for out-of-home, completed its spinout from its former parent company Intersection, a major OOH publisher. Ari Buchalter, who served as CEO for both companies, now takes over as CEO of Place Exchange. Previous COO of Intersection, Chris Grosso, replaces Buchalter as CEO of the publisher. In...
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Celebrate summer with this batch of 6 paperbacks

Should you be in need of a new paperback to celebrate the summer season, here are a half-dozen fresh picks. ‘Love’ by Roddy Doyle (Penguin, $17) The Booker Prize-winning author of “Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha” sets his latest book in a Dublin restaurant, with two old friends raising a glass ... and a few more.
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WordPress jazzes up its CMS again

WordPress released the new 5.8 version of its CMS, affectionately naming it “Tatum” after a favorite jazz pianist, Art Tatum. Previous updates have been named for Miles Davis and Charles Mingus. The biggest design breakthrough available on this version is probably “block Widgets,” the capability to insert widgets into your...
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Dog Tales That Kids Will Love

Young readers love stories about animals of all kinds, but one could argue that dog tales lead the pack. After all, nearly everyone’s familiar with such classics as Janet Sebring Lowry’s The Poky Little Puppy, Beverly Cleary’s Ribsy, and Norman Bridwell’s Clifford the Big Red Dog. Here are a few other page-turners about pooches that Kirkus Indie can recommend for kids:
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Dvorak’s Prophecy — “Essential Cultural History”

Kirkus Reviews, which previews books for booksellers, critics, and others in the know, has just previewed my forthcoming Dvorak’s Prophecy and the Vexed Fate of Black Classical Music. It’s been accorded a star (good news) – and the review itself grasps my book whole. In summary: “Horowitz closes with a...
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Shailene Woodley Joins ‘Three Women’ TV Series

Shailene Woodley has joined the cast of Showtime’s television adaptation of Lisa Taddeo’s book Three Women, Deadline reports. Taddeo’s 2019 nonfiction book tells the story of the sex lives of three women in America, including a teenager named Maggie having a sexual relationship with her teacher, a homemaker named Lina embarking on an affair with a lover from her past, and Sloane, a restaurateur in an open marriage. A reviewer for Kirkus called the book “dramatic, immersive, and wanting—much like desire itself.”
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WordPress jazzes up its CMS again

WordPress released the new 5.8 version of its CMS, affectionately naming it “Tatum” after a favorite jazz pianist, Art Tatum. Previous updates have been named for Miles Davis and Charles Mingus. The biggest design breakthrough available on this version is probably “block Widgets,” the capability to insert widgets into your...
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David Steinberg: A Life in Comedy

Summer is always an appropriate time for lighthearted reading, but I prefer summer reads that aren’t just pleasurable, but also have real substance. Enter David Steinberg. Though perhaps less well known to those outside of the world of comedy, Steinberg is a giant in the industry—a comedian, actor, writer, director, and more. He is second only to Bob Hope in number of appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (he also guest-hosted 12 times), and he has written for Friends, Seinfeld, and Curb Your Enthusiasm, among other TV shows and films. He’s beloved by countless comedians and entertainers; Jerry Seinfeld called him “one of my favorite comedians.”
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