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A few stories arrived recently demonstrating the continued strength of Los Angeles’ podcasting industry. Spotify, of course, unveiled its massive “Pod City” production hub in the Arts District in Downtown L.A. last December. HeadGum Studios expanded its operations back in 2020, and earlier this year, L.A.-based ad platform Gumball raised $10 million in Series A funding that it will put toward a new system making it easier for sponsors to place host-read ads on popular series. Then this week, L.A.-based PodcastOne beefed up its line-up of sports personalities, adding former baseball pro Nick Swisher, NBA vet Bobby Portis and former Jacksonville Jaguar Chris Howard to its team.

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Hello, and happy October. Let’s talk crypto scams.

Kim Kardashian’s pocketbook is $1.26 million lighter this week after she was ordered to pay a fine to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for promoting the cryptocurrency EthereumMax (also known as EMAX, and not affiliated with Ethereum) on Instagram without telling her followers she was paid $250,000 to do so.

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