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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Acast, one of the largest podcast hosting and monetization companies, has acquired RadioPublic, the podcast technology startup founded by nonprofit Public Radio Exchange (PRX).

Why it matters: It's the latest in a flurry of deals around podcast monetization and advertising. On Wednesday, iHeartMedia acquired podcast tech and measurement company Triton Digital from The E.W. Scripps Company for $230 million.

Details: All of RadioPublic's talent will move to Acast.

  • Acast will integrate RadioPublic's technology for creators for its 20,000+ podcasters.
  • The effort comes a few months after Acast announced a deal with Patreon to allow podcasters to publish podcasts exclusively for people who pay them directly on Paterson.
  • Both moves are part of Acast's effort to accelerate its growth in the U.S.
  • Financial deal terms were not disclosed.

The big picture: The podcast ecosystem was built in a decentralized manner via RSS feeds. Both Acast and RadioPublic are built to support decentralized podcasting on the open web.

Go deeper: Podcast wars heat up

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36 mins ago - World

WHO revises air quality guidelines to reduce deaths from pollution

Smoke from California wildfires over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco in August 2021. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The World Health Organization on Wednesday updated air quality guidelines it set roughly 15 years ago, saying that negative health effects from air pollutants can begin at lower levels than it previously thought.

Why it matters: The changes are meant to reduce deaths from pollutants that cause cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and prematurely kill an estimated 7 million people around the world annually, according to the WHO.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
2 hours ago - Energy & Environment

The road to COP26 gets slightly easier

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The bad diplomatic vibes heading into the critical United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, might be improving slightly.

Catch up fast: Chinese President Xi Jinping yesterday pledged to end overseas finance for building new coal-fired power plants and boost support for clean energy in developing nations.

Corporations turn focus to retaining frontline workers

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Companies are narrowing the blue- and white-collar experience as they're forced to adapt to a worker-led market.

Driving the news: Basic office tools and concepts like corporate communications and schedule flexibility are migrating to frontline operations through investments in technology.