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Twitter and Amazon announce crypto plans July 27

While Facebook’s digital currency remains MIA, Twitter and Amazon are making their own headway in cryptos—all in a bid to simplify payments on their global platforms.

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A job posting suggests the etailer wants to dive into the growing crypto payments space—and perhaps develop a proprietary digital currency—before it falls behind other Big Tech firms.

Starling’s maiden tie-up takes it deeper into lending: The challenger’s £50 million ($64.1 million) deal for specialty lender Fleet Mortgages lets Starling put its deposits to work and takes it into a space that’s not crowded with UK neobanks.

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On today's episode, we discuss how Netflix got on in Q2 of this year, why it's getting into gaming, and what to expect from the streaming giant for the rest of 2021. We then talk about people's perceptions of ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD), what to make of ESPN+ raising its prices, and whether a Peacock and Paramount partnership makes sense. Tune in to the discussion with eMarketer principal analyst at Insider Intelligence Paul Verna.

Spotify earnings: Following some rocky times due to the pandemic, we expect Spotify to see strong advertising and user growth in Q2, plus an update on its podcast ventures.