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YouTube Purges Ron DeSantis Video Over Claims Children Don’t Need to Wear Masks

YouTube Purges Ron DeSantis Video Over Claims Children Don’t Need to Wear Masks

YouTube has deleted a video in which Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and a handful of medical experts questioned the effectiveness of having children wear masks to stop the spread of COVID-19. The video, which was removed on Wednesday, was of a recent roundtable discussion DeSantis moderated on the global response to the pandemic. DeSantis was joined by Oxford epidemiologist Dr. Sunetra Gupta, Harvard professor Dr. Martin Kulldorff, and Dr. Scott Atlas and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya from Stanford University. The clip was posted by the American Institute for Economic Research, and a transcript of the...

Apr 8
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AT&T Shuts Down AT&T TV Now TV Streaming Bundle to New Customers

AT&T Shuts Down AT&T TV Now TV Streaming Bundle to New Customers

In another sign its Pay TV strategy is failing to win over viewers, AT&T has stopped offering AT&T TV Now, its live TV streaming bundle, to new customers. AT&T TV Now first launched in 2016 under the "DirecTV Now" banner, with about 100 channels available for $35 a month. It was later rebranded in 2019. The bundle was supposed to help offset cord-cutting losses suffered by DirecTV, but has struggled to meet that goal, as the service has changed its pricing structure and channel offering a number of times in the last few years. Heading into 2021, AT&T TV Now was charging...

Jan 12
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Tom Hanks Says Movie Theaters Will ‘Absolutely’ Survive – But Marvel-Like Franchises Will Dominate

Tom Hanks Says Movie Theaters Will ‘Absolutely’ Survive – But Marvel-Like Franchises Will Dominate

Despite the carnage inflicted by COVID-19, Tom Hanks said movie theaters will "absolutely" survive the pandemic -- but they'll likely be dominated, even more than they already were, by Marvel and other big-budget franchises. Hanks, while promoting his new western flick "News of the World," shared his two cents during a video interview with Collider on Saturday. "Will movie theaters still exist? Absolutely, they will," Hanks said. "In some ways, the exhibitors, once they're up and open, will have a freer choice of what movies they do want to play. And I'm no Cassandra when it comes...

Dec 26
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Netflix CEOs Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos to Receive No Pay Raise for 2021

Netflix CEOs Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos to Receive No Pay Raise for 2021

Despite a strong 2020 in terms of subscriber growth, Netflix co-CEOs Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos won't see their pay increase in 2021, according to a filing with the Securities and Excahange Commission on Monday. Don't worry, though, they're still doing pretty well. Between their salaries and stock options, Hastings and Sarandos will both earn $34.65 million in 2021 -- putting them on par with their 2020 pay, which was a 10% boost from the year prior. Hastings will take home a $650,000 salary to go along with $34,000,000 in stock options, while Sarandos will earn a $20,000,000 salary...

Dec 28
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‘Mulan’ Criticized for Crediting Chinese Bureau Tied to Muslim Concentration Camps

‘Mulan’ Criticized for Crediting Chinese Bureau Tied to Muslim Concentration Camps

Disney's "Mulan" remake is facing scrutiny after its credits thanked the Turpan Municipal Bureau of Public Security, a bureau that has helped China's communist government imprison Muslims in concentration camps. Axios' reporter Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian tweeted on Monday that the movie's shout-out was "truly outrageous," considering the bureau has been "deeply involved" in running camps in Xinjiang, a region in Northwest China. The region is best known in recent years for being at the heart of China's attacks against Uyghurs, a Turkic-speaking ethnic minority who mostly practice Islam....

September 7, 2020
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Mark Zuckerberg 'Disgusted' by President Trump's 'Divisive' Rhetoric

Mark Zuckerberg 'Disgusted' by President Trump's 'Divisive' Rhetoric

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan aren’t mincing their words when it comes to President Trump.Zuckerberg and Chan, in a letter shared with a number of scientists supported by their nonprofit organization, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, ripped the president’s recent comments on protesting and rioting following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The date of the letter was not specified.“We are deeply shaken and disgusted by President Trump’s divisive and incendiary rhetoric at a time when our nation so desperately needs unity,” they wrote, according to....

June 12, 2020
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Facebook Will Remove Content Organizing Protests Against Stay-at-Home Orders, Zuckerberg Says

Facebook Will Remove Content Organizing Protests Against Stay-at-Home Orders, Zuckerberg Says

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday said the tech giant is removing posts that look to promote or organize protests against stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19.Zuckerberg, in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulus on “Good Morning America,” was asked how the company is dealing with Facebook “being used to organize a lot of these protests to defy social distancing guidelines.” Stephanopoulus then asked if this fits Facebook’s “harmful misinformation” designation.“We do classify that as harmful misinformation and we take that down,” Zuckerberg said. “At the same time, it’s important...

April 20, 2020
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Quibi's Advertisers Look to Defer Payments (Report)

Quibi's Advertisers Look to Defer Payments (Report)

New streaming app’s underwhelming start has led ad partners to ask for new arrangements, per the Wall Street JournalQuibi’s early struggles have led major advertisers to seek revised billing schedules or deferred payments, insiders told in a report published Tuesday.Top advertisers, including Taco Bell, Pepsi Co. and Walmart, are pushing for updated arrangements, according to the Journal, as Quibi’s partners worry the new streaming service isn’t resonating with enough subscribers. After launching in early April, Quibi had 3.2 million downloads by mid-May, according to data provided by...

May 27, 2020
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