Gaming TV Network VENN Lines Up Distribution Partners for August Launch

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As traditional cable programmers struggle, startup VENN is stepping up to the plate with a business model the founders of the live-streaming video-game entertainment network say is custom-built for the over-the-top era.

For the Aug. 5 launch, VENN will make its 24-hour, free-to-watch linear network available on Amazon’s Twitch, YouTube, Facebook Gaming and Twitter. In addition, the company says, it will be coming to dedicated channels on connected-TV platforms representing more than 30 million U.S. households, including Vizio’s smart TVs, Comcast’s Xumo streaming service, Sinclair’s STIRR and DistroTV.

VENN, the Video Game Entertainment and News Network, is in talks for additional distribution deals with OTT platforms as well as traditional and internet pay-TV providers, said Ben Kusin, co-founder and co-CEO. VENN’s programming, totaling 21 hours of original shows per week at launch, will also be available directly on its website (at venn.tv).

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Nissan suggests the next-generation Z won’t be electrified at launch

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Nissan jetted cold water on the rumors claiming the next-generation Z will pack an electrified punch. One of the company’s top executives strongly hinted the coupe will not make its debut with hybrid or electric power under the sheetmetal, but he didn’t rule out branching into the electrified sports car segment when the time is right.

“What I can tell you is I still see space for two different things. Probably, in the short term, you can still see a bit more conventional technology coming. By conventional, I mean an internal combustion engine,” clarified Ivan Espinosa, Nissan’s vice president of global product strategy, in an interview with Australia’s CarAdvice.

He stopped short of revealing what’s under the heritage-laced sheetmetal, so we’ll need to wait until the model makes its debut to find out, but he warned not to expect a battery-powered Z in the

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Patrick Starrr to Launch Makeup Brand, Why Black Beauty Supply Stores Aren’t Always Black-Owned

Plus, online retailer Shein faces criticism for selling an anti-Semitic necklace and Muslim prayer mats as decorative carpets.

Patrick Starrr.
Patrick Starrr.

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Friday.

Beauty influencer Patrick Starrr announces forthcoming cosmetics brand
Patrick Starrr, in joint venture with incubator Luxury Brand Partners, will be launching his own color cosmetics brand, ONE/SIZE on July 17. It will make its debut at Sephora online and will be sold exclusively at all of the retailer’s stores across the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Sephora’s Instagram storefront. Starrr will reveal more details about the products and pricing via social media platforms, per WWD. In an interview with the publication, he said the line will champion inclusivity and be a celebration of “the drag queens, the LGBTQ+, my trans brothers and sisters.” {WWD}

Why Black beauty supply stores aren’t always Black-owned
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LinkedIn, Microsoft launch free Learning Path job training courses to fight coronavirus unemployment

Microsoft and LinkedIn want to put a dent in the nation – and the world’s – unemployment numbers.

The software giant and the professional networking site, which Microsoft acquired in 2016 for $26.2 billion, identified in-demand jobs and are offering free, online training to help job seekers improve their skills and land positions.

LinkedIn data showed 10 specific jobs with the most current openings and a four-year trend of being in demand, pay “a livable wage,” and have skills that can be learned online and remotely. LinkedIn’s CEO Ryan Roslansky posted the details on the site’s blog about the initiative.

LinkedIn’s top 10 in-demand jobs

1. Software developer 

2. Sales representative 

3. Project manager 

4. IT Administrator 

5. Customer service specialist 

6. Digital marketer ​ 

7. IT support/Help desk 

8. Graphic designer 

9. Financial analyst  

10. Data analyst 

LinkedIn and Microsoft created Learning Path training modules for those 10 positions.

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