The Battle Over Wagyu Beef

The Battle Over Wagyu Beef

Source:  The Wall Street Journal

Japanese and Australian farmers are competing for the U.S. wagyu beef market that will be worth $1.1 billion by 2023.

The Wall Street Journal visits one rancher using traditional methods to produce $200 steaks, and another who has invested in new technology to slash prices.

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Relive the heady days of crypto with “Crypto Rush”

Relive the heady days of crypto with “Crypto Rush”

Source:  TechCrunch

When Liliana Pertenava decided to go all in on cryptocurrency by investing $2,000 in a mining rig in 2017, she went so far down the crypto rabbit hole that she decided to make a documentary about it.

Covering blockchain technology, its applications, and the culture that surrounds it,  Pertenava’s film led her to meet such characters as a tribe of iconoclasts living in a small cabin in the Swiss Alps, using cheap, hydroelectric energy to mine cryptocurrency while living like monks.

She also meets crypto-miner David Carlson in Seattle, Washington who built the world’s largest crypto-farm, only to later go bankrupt.

“Crypto Rush” is available now on Vimeo.

Read the story at TechCrunch.


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From 9,000 locations to one. Watch the trailer for “The Last Blockbuster”

From 9,000 locations to one. Watch the trailer for “The Last Blockbuster”

Source:  Consequence of Sound

It’s hard to imagine a time when Blockbuster Video was the only place to find new movies.

It’s even harder to imagine that time now when we’re leaning on every streaming service to pass the time during the coronavirus quarantines.

Believe it or not, though, there is actually one store left in existence — in Bend, Oregon — and it’s the subject of the new documentary, “The Last Blockbuster.”

Directed by Taylor Morden, the film follows Sandi Harding, the manager of the world’s last remaining Blockbuster Video, as she navigates the difficult task of keeping a video rental store open in the era of Netflix.

Pop Motion Pictures will be releasing “The Last Blockbuster” later this year.

Read the story at Consequence of Sound.


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Season 2 of “Dirty Money” reveals the long-term cost of short-term thinking

Season 2 of “Dirty Money” reveals the long-term cost of short-term thinking

Source:  IndieWire

Clearly, no one involved with “Dirty Money” knew precisely what environment Season 2 of the Netflix documentary series would be dropped into upon release.

After first debuting in early 2018, the intervening 26 months have seen a number of significant financial developments dovetail, some brewing underneath the sociopolitical surface for the entire time and others with a much quicker and more recent onset.

The explicit purpose of the series, produced by prolific documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney, is to illuminate financial malpractice on various levels.

In Season 2, different episodes detail international tales of money laundering, drug trafficking, environmental pollution, and elder abuse, all of which have figures at their centers absorbing a majority of the blame.

Season 2 of “Dirty Money” is available now on Netflix.

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Meet the woman behind the Uber of China

Meet the woman behind the Uber of China

Source:  Bloomberg

Jean Liu is the president of Didi Chuxing, one of the world’s biggest ride-hailing services.  She has overcome tough challenges in life:  She drove Uber out of China and has survived breast cancer.  But serious questions remain about Liu’s company and whether it can ever turn a profit.

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“Amazon Empire” examines how Jeff Bezos took over the world

“Amazon Empire” examines how Jeff Bezos took over the world

Source:  FRONTLINE

Jeff Bezos is not only one of the richest men in the world; he has built a business empire that is without precedent in the history of American capitalism.

His power to shape everything from the future of work to the future of commerce to the future of technology is unrivaled.

As politicians and regulators around the world continue to consider the global impact of Amazon — and how to rein in Bezos’ power — FRONTLINE investigates how he executed a plan to build one of the most influential economic and cultural forces in the world.

FRONTLINE’s “Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos” premieres February 18 on PBS.

Read the story at FRONTLINE.


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