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U.S. video game sales in August hit a record $4.4 billion, proving that the bump in gaming seen during the pandemic last year wasn't a passing trend.

The details: It was a huge month for hardware, which the NPD Group reports hit $329 million, the best August sales number since 2008.

  • The Nintendo Switch continues to outshine competitors Microsoft and Sony, as it maintained sales highs last month. The console was the best-selling hardware in August and for the year to date.
  • The PlayStation 5 is leading in terms of actual dollar sales, however, and remains the company's fastest-selling platform.

By the numbers: Consumer spending for hardware, content and accessories rose 7% since the same period last year.

  • Year-to-date hardware is up 49% since 2020.

Yes, but: Consoles remain hard to get for most people — and we're still early into the life-cycle of the current console generation.

And the best-selling August game goes to ... "Madden NFL 22."

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Vinyl record sales are rising — and it's younger music enthusiasts who are driving the trend.

The big picture: Even though streaming services dominate music consumption, vinyl hasn't gone the way of CDs.

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Nick Clegg, Facebook's vice president of global affairs, tells me the company will try to provide more data to outside researchers to scrutinize the health of activity on Facebook and Instagram, following The Wall Street Journal's brutal look at internal documents.

Driving the news: Clegg didn't say that in his public response to the series. So I called him to push for what Facebook will actually do differently given the new dangers raised by The Journal.

The Exvangelicals

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Even as evangelicals maintain their position as the most popular religion in the U.S., a movement of self-described "exvangelicals" is breaking away, using social media to engage tens of thousands of former faithful.

The big picture: Donald Trump's presidency, as well as movements around LGBTQ rights, #MeToo and Black Lives Matter, drew more Americans into evangelical churches while also pushing some existing members away.