JetStream Daily - January 27, 2017

Curated for you today: Podcasts are booming || Twitter replaces Moments with Explore || Comcast to offer wireless phones in cable bundles || Smart cities could be next big wireless upgrade - but cities need to cooperate || Human organs grown in…pigs || 6-year old girls already have gendered beliefs about intelligence || And more…


Podcasts are still booming, but problems with diversity and advertising loom - Poynter
By Benjamin Mullin on January 26, 2017
Who's listening to podcasts? About 155 million Americans over the age of 12 listen to some form of online radio, according to a survey conducted by Edison Research in January and February 2016. Of that group, about 57 million had listened to a podcasts during that period. (Okay, we’ll bite: 8 Hilarious Podcasts To Make You Feel Better About Being A Terrible Adult - Elite Daily)

Twitter replaces the Moments tab with Explore - The Verge
By Casey Newton on January 26, 2017
Twitter has always hosted lots of newsworthy exchanges, viral photos, comedy, and celebrity antics, but it has never known quite how to deliver them to users who weren’t following the relevant accounts. (It also could be that Moments consumed quite a bit of valuable, vertical real estate. Just ask Snapchat: 68% of Snapchat Discover Ads Are Direct-Response Campaigns - AdWeek)

Selena Gomez Used Instagram to Tease Her New Netflix Show - Fortune
By Tom Huddleston, Jr. on January 26, 2017
Netflix typically debuts its new original content on YouTube, but the popular streaming service opted instead to let Gomez's huge Instagram following get the first look. As of Thursday afternoon, the trailer already had more than 6.2 million views. (It doesn’t have Selena’s 108 million followers, but it’s pretty good: Q&A: Inside the mind of Instagram’s latest ski star, Lego Skier Bro)


Comcast To Offer Wireless Phones In Cable Bundle By Mid-Year - Deadline
By David Lieberman on January 26, 2017
It won’t be offered on a stand-alone basis: “We plan to include wireless in our multiproduct bundles in a way that is designed to add value to our customers, improve retention, and ultimately benefit lifetime customer economics,” [Comcast CEO Brian] Roberts says. It will use “the best mobile devices in a simple, transparent experience, all for a great value.” (Tiding them over
until: Will AT&T Cross-Selling Success Spur Comcast Wireless Buy? - Investors Business Daily)

Pai Talks Rural Broadband - Multichannel
By John Eggerton on January 26, 2017
For the new chairman, rural broadband access is about economic equal opportunity. It is an issue that has long been in his sights. Back in October, he talked at length on the subject at a Think Big Partners event in his home state of Kansas. (Phone, phone on the range: Democrats want to dedicate $20B to expand rural broadband - FierceTelecom)

‘Smart cities’ could be next big wireless upgrade – if cities would cooperate
By Kevin Glass on January 26, 2017
[I]n most jurisdictions, regulators require the same permitting process for the new small cells as they once required for multi-story cell towers. This is untenable in an environment where there would be dozens, if not hundreds, more small cells than large towers. (It is, in fact, where the heart is: Do 'smart cities' begin with smart homes? - Curbed)


Human-Pig Hybrid Created in the Lab—Here Are the Facts - National Geographic
By Erin Blakemore on January 26, 2017
In a remarkable—if likely controversial—feat, scientists announced today that they have created the first successful human-animal hybrids. The project proves that human cells can be introduced into a non-human organism, survive, and even grow inside a host animal, in this case, pigs. (But we were getting so excited: Human organs grown in pigs? Not so fast - Science Magazine)

6-Year-Old Girls Already Have Gendered Beliefs About Intelligence - The Atlantic
By Ed Yong on January 26, 2017
The stereotype that brilliance and genius are male traits is common among adults. In various surveys, men rate their intelligence more favorably than women, and in a recent study of biology undergraduates, men overrated the abilities of male students above equally talented and outspoken women. But Bian’s study shows that the seeds of this pernicious bias are planted at a very early age. (We need more role models: How Mary Tyler Moore Inspired A Generation of Female Journalists - Vanity Fair)

Sean Spicer Showed the World Something That Looked a Whole Lot Like His Twitter Password - Newsweek
By Chelsea Hassler on January 26, 2017
Though the situation has now been rectified—as of the time of publication, the recovery email addresses had been changed to proper emails—it's relatively safe to say at this stage that there's an important lesson to be had in all this for Sean Spicer: Never tweet. (Look, we all need to get better about this: Americans and Cybersecurity - Pew Research Center)


MIT finds actual wisdom in the wisdom of crowds - Engadget
By Daniel Cooper on January 26, 2017
To paraphrase Men In Black's Agent K, a person is smart, but people are dumb, panicky and dangerous animals. Researchers at MIT and Princeton wanted to see if, despite this, they were able to extract better information from crowds. (As we remind ourselves: The Best Data Scientists Get Out and Talk to People - Harvard Business Review)

Hydrogen turned into metal in stunning act of alchemy that could
revolutionisetechnology and spaceflight - Independent (UK)
By Ian Johnston on January 26, 2017
For nearly 100 years, scientists have dreamed of turning the lightest of all the elements, hydrogen, into a metal. Now, in a stunning act of modern-day alchemy, scientists at Harvard University have finally succeeded in creating a tiny amount of what is the rarest, and possibly most valuable, material on the planet. (Speaking of hydrogen: Doomsday Clock Ticks Half-Minute Closer to Midnight in Historic Move - LiveScience)