Todd Spangler
Todd Spangler
Todd Spangler covers digital media and technology for Variety, which he joined in 2013. A business and technology journalist with more than 25 years of experience, he previously was technology editor at cable industry publication Multichannel News and news editor at IT journal Baseline. Earlier in his career, Todd worked at tech and internet publications including PC Magazine, Interactive Week, Web Week and Internet World. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.Source
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Michigan August primary 2020: Everything to know on key races, absentee ballots, more

Michigan August primary 2020: Everything to know on key races, absentee ballots, more

Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutWhen do the Michigan polls open and close? Can I get an absentee ballot? Do I need a mask at the polls? All the answers you need for Election 2020.A link has been sent to your friend's email address.A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the ConversationTo find out more about Facebook commenting please read theWelcome to our new and improved comments.This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you.You do not need a Facebook profile to participate.You will need to register...

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CES 2021 in Las Vegas Canceled Over COVID-19, Consumer Electronics Show Moves to Online Format

CES 2021 in Las Vegas Canceled Over COVID-19, Consumer Electronics Show Moves to Online Format

What normally happens in Vegas each year in January won’t be in Vegas after all.2021, scheduled to run Jan. 6-9, 2021, will not be held in Las Vegas, the Consumer Technology Association announced. It’s the latest event canceled because of the pandemic, which has had a resurgence in the U.S. the past two months. Instead, the trade group said, next year’s consumer electronics show — historically, the biggest tech trade show in the world — will be presented as “an all-digital experience” on the same dates.As recently as late June, the trade group had been planning to hold a scaled-down version...

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Donald Trump Jr.'s Twitter Account Restricted After He Posted COVID-19 Misinformation

Donald Trump Jr.'s Twitter Account Restricted After He Posted COVID-19 Misinformation

restricted the ability of Jr. to tweet for a 12-hour period, after the president’s son posted a link to a video spreading misinformation about the effects of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19.The social network required Trump Jr. to delete the tweet with the video link, which violated Twitter’s rules about sharing harmful info related to the pandemic. While in the penalty box, Trump Jr.’s account is unable to tweet, retweet or like posts.Twitter’s PR team, in response to false claims that it had permanently suspended Trump Jr.’s account, posted in a , “This account has not been...

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'The Witcher' Prequel Series in the Works at Netflix

'The Witcher' Prequel Series in the Works at Netflix

announced “: Blood Origin,” a limited series set in “The Witcher” universe, which will tell the backstory of the elven civilization before its fall — and reveal the lost history of the very first Witcher.“Blood Origin,” to be shot in the U.K., will be a six-part, live-action limited series, and a prequel to Netflix’s popular series “The Witcher.” No casting details were announced.Set in an elven world — 1200 years before the world of “The Witcher” — “Blood Origin” will tell a story lost to time and the events that lead to the pivotal “conjunction of the spheres,” when the worlds of...

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Long-Dormant Gaming Network G4 TV Teases 2021 Relaunch by Comcast Spectacor

Long-Dormant Gaming Network G4 TV Teases 2021 Relaunch by Comcast Spectacor

After nearly six years sitting in mothballs, the video-game TV network is coming back — with some kind of relaunch next year by .On Friday, the Twitter accounts of G4TV and G4’s Attack of the Show! and X-Play, two popular shows on the network, both posted the same cryptic teaser video, captioned with “We never stopped playing.” The video culminates with the numerals “2021.”IGN, the game and entertainment publication owned by j2 Global’s Ziff Davis, also (two minutes before the G4 account did). The teasers were timed for Comic-Con@Home, the first virtual streaming edition of the annual fan...

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Twitter Likely to Start Testing Ad-Free Subscriptions Later in 2020

Twitter Likely to Start Testing Ad-Free Subscriptions Later in 2020

Would you pay for a zero-ads version of ? The social network will “likely” launch a test of a subscription version later this year, according to CEO Jack Dorsey.Dorsey discussed the company’s “very, very early phases of exploring” a subscription offering for Twitter. He didn’t provide an indication of how much a Twitter subscription might cost. The question came up on Twitter’s second quarter earnings call Thursday, following this month that Twitter was seeking to hire engineers to work on a subscription product code-named “Gryphon.”“First and foremost, we have a really high bar for when we...

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AT&T Q2 Earnings Take $830 Million Hit From COVID-19, WarnerMedia Revenue Down 23%

AT&T Q2 Earnings Take $830 Million Hit From COVID-19, WarnerMedia Revenue Down 23%

said sales for the second quarter of 2020 were lower across all of its segments because of the coronavirus pandemic. That included a 22.9% plunge in revenue, which the telco said was partly due to lower content and ad sales related to COVID-19.WarnerMedia’s Q2 2020 operating revenue was $6.8 billion, down 22.9% year over year, with segment operating income contribution of $1.9 billion, down 18.4% versus the year-ago quarter. AT&T estimated COVID-19 was responsible for $1.5 billion in lower sales at WarnerMedia. Turner’s advertising revenue plummeted 37%, to $796 million in the most recent...

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Disney Pulls Facebook Ads for Disney Plus Amid Boycott Over Hate-Speech Concerns (Report)

Disney Pulls Facebook Ads for Disney Plus Amid Boycott Over Hate-Speech Concerns (Report)

Disney, the biggest spender on advertising with Facebook in the first half of 2020, has reportedly suspended ads for Disney Plus and Hulu with the social giant. Disney recently has “dramatically slashed” advertising with Facebook, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday, citing anonymous sources. Disney did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The move by Disney to scale back advertising with Facebook comes amid the #StopHateForProfit campaign. More than 1,000 companies have said they temporarily halted advertising with the social-media company in an attempt to coerce...

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SiriusXM Is Buying Stitcher in Deal Worth Up to $325 Million

SiriusXM Is Buying Stitcher in Deal Worth Up to $325 Million

Co. clinched a deal with to sell podcast network and producer , which includes Scripps’ other podcast-related businesses, for up to $325 million.Scripps and combined it with Midroll Media, which it bought for $55 million the year prior. According to E.W. Scripps, the $325 million price tag represents a return of more than 100% in its investment in podcasting over the last five years.Stitcher’s 2019 revenue was $72.5 million, according to Scripps, representing a compound annual growth rate of 52% from 2016-19. News of , first reported by the Wall Street Journal.The deal will build on...

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Barstool Sports Launches Podcast That Spells Out the N-Word

Barstool Sports Launches Podcast That Spells Out the N-Word

, just days after founder defiantly he used in the past, is taking the trolling of its critics to a new level.The company on Wednesday announced a new episode of its “2Biggs” podcast — hosted by Willie Colon and Brandon Newman, it’s described as “the ‘BET’ of Barstool Sports — called “Barstool N.I.G.G.E.R. (Now It’s Gonna Get Extremely Real) feat. The Minority Report.”Per of the episode, “This week on 2Biggs, Willie and Brandon are joined by Trill Withers, Zah, Ebony, Liz Gonzales, and the 20 Dollar Chef to address and his protest in 2016.”In the podcast, Colon interviews his boss, in which...

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Michigan issues more than 1 million absentee ballots, sees surge in voter registration

Michigan issues more than 1 million absentee ballots, sees surge in voter registration

Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutSecretary of State Jocelyn Benson's push to get people to move to absentee voting appears to be working despite President Trump's criticisms.A link has been sent to your friend's email address.A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. CLOSEPresident Trump fighting hard against states' efforts to expand absentee and mail-in voting.Business Insider said the President is inflating claims of fraud and spreading baseless theories about ballots being stolenBut Trump himself liked voting by mail.In fact over 20...

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US House Republicans ask Nessel to investigate COVID-19 nursing home policy

US House Republicans ask Nessel to investigate COVID-19 nursing home policy

Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutA group of U.S. House Republicans are asking attorneys general in Democratic-led states to investigate policies allowing COVID patients to be admittedA link has been sent to your friend's email address.A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the ConversationTo find out more about Facebook commenting please read theWelcome to our new and improved comments.This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you.You do not need a Facebook profile to participate.You will need to register...

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Blackpink 'How You Like That' Rockets to New YouTube Record for 24-Hour Views

Blackpink 'How You Like That' Rockets to New YouTube Record for 24-Hour Views

’s newly released “How You Like That” music video blasted into the record books.The K-pop powerhouse group’s dynamic had 82.4 million views in the first 24 hours of release on YouTube, and was the No. 1 trending video on the platform. The view count handily topped the previous record-holders: in the initial one-day period in April 2019, per YouTube.The “How You Like That” video featuring Blackpink’s Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa, also is pacing to be the fastest video in YouTube history to hit 100 million views (it had 94 million in the first 30 hours).Variety senior music editor Jem Aswad...

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Gov. Whitmer extends suspension of Michigan rental evictions to July 15

Gov. Whitmer extends suspension of Michigan rental evictions to July 15

Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutThe governor says temporary suspension of evictions will lapse after July 15 but announces program to try to help renters, landlords get bills paidA link has been sent to your friend's email address.A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the ConversationTo find out more about Facebook commenting please read theWelcome to our new and improved comments.This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you.You do not need a Facebook profile to participate.You will need to register...

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Appeals court says Michigan gyms must remain closed, just hours before they were to reopen

Appeals court says Michigan gyms must remain closed, just hours before they were to reopen

Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutGov. Gretchen Whitmer got the Sixth Circuit to agree to stay an order reopening gyms in the state just hour before it was to go into effect.A link has been sent to your friend's email address.A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the ConversationTo find out more about Facebook commenting please read theWelcome to our new and improved comments.This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you.You do not need a Facebook profile to participate.You will need to register before...

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Gov. Whitmer asks appeals court to delay opening of Michigan gyms

Gov. Whitmer asks appeals court to delay opening of Michigan gyms

Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutA day after a judge turned down her request, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asked the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to interveneA link has been sent to your friend's email address.A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the ConversationTo find out more about Facebook commenting please read theWelcome to our new and improved comments.This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you.You do not need a Facebook profile to participate.You will need to register before adding a comment.Typed...

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Netflix Chief Reed Hastings Donates $120 Million to Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Netflix Chief Reed Hastings Donates $120 Million to Historically Black Colleges and Universities

chairman/CEO and his wife, Patty Quillin, are awarding $120 million to Historically Black Colleges and Universities in support of scholarships — the largest single contribution by an individual donor to HBCUs.The couple are donating $40 million each to Spelman College, Morehouse College and the United Negro College Fund. The grants come after to organizations dedicated to creating opportunities for Black creators, Black youth and Black-owned businesses, amid nationwide protests over racial injustice in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.“We’ve supported these...

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Trump's Tweet With Fake 'Racist Baby' CNN Clip Flagged by Twitter as Manipulated Media

Trump's Tweet With Fake 'Racist Baby' CNN Clip Flagged by Twitter as Manipulated Media

tweeted a video doctored with fake chyrons — which never aired on the news network — and then bizarrely claimed that the bogus clip was evidence of “fake news.”In Trump’s posted June 18, the video shows two small boys, one Black and one white. It’s edited to make it falsely appear as if it ran on CNN with the chyrons “Terrified Todler [sic] Runs From Racist Baby” and “Racist Baby Probably a Trump Voter.”subsequently applied a to Trump’s post, the first instance of the social network attaching that tag to one of his tweets. The company’s note about the fake video said, “In September 2019,...

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Netflix Pledges $5 Million to Support Black Creators, Youth and Black-Owned Businesses

Netflix Pledges $5 Million to Support Black Creators, Youth and Black-Owned Businesses

said it will donate $5 million to organizations dedicated to creating opportunities for Black creators, Black youth and Black-owned businesses, including Ghetto Film School, Black Public Media and Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp.The subscription-video company announced donations of an initial $3 million, with more to come.“Tackling racism and injustice in meaningful ways means creating long-term opportunities for the Black community,” Netflix chairman and CEO Reed Hastings said in a statement. “The main role we play is through our funding of and member viewing of important content...

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Second Michigan poll shows Trump even farther behind, with Biden leading by 16 points

Second Michigan poll shows Trump even farther behind, with Biden leading by 16 points

Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutA new poll by EPIC-MRA shows Democrat Joe Biden with an even larger lead on President Trump in Michigan than previously reported.A link has been sent to your friend's email address.A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. CLOSEThe damage done to President Donald Trump's standing in Michigan following recent protests outside the White House and in cities across the U.S. may have been even greater than originally believed, a new poll released to the Free Press said Tuesday.Two weeks ago, EPIC-MRA of...

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Bon Appetit Editor-in-Chief Adam Rapoport Resigns After Backlash Over Treatment of People of Color

Bon Appetit Editor-in-Chief Adam Rapoport Resigns After Backlash Over Treatment of People of Color

, after nearly 10 years at the editorial helm of magazine, has resigned after controversy erupted over and his insensitivity to racial issues — including the emergence of an old photo of him in brown face.Rapoport posted news of his resignation from the Condé Nast food publication .“I am stepping down as editor in chief of Bon Appetit to reflect on the work I need to do as a human being and to allow Bon Appetit to get to a better place,” he wrote.Rapoport said he had “blind spots as an editor,” writing, “I’ve not championed an inclusive vision.”His exit comes after Rapoport was criticized...

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'Gone With the Wind' Hits No. 1 on Amazon Best-Sellers Chart After HBO Max Drops Movie

'Gone With the Wind' Hits No. 1 on Amazon Best-Sellers Chart After HBO Max Drops Movie

“” zipped to the top of ’s best-sellers sales chart for TV and movies, a day after WarnerMedia’sAmazon bases its rankings on sales data. The site currently offers the 70th anniversary two-disc DVD edition of “Gone With the Wind” starting at $29.55, while Amazon Video offers the movie as a digital HD rental at $3.99 and for purchase at $9.99.Meanwhile, on Apple’s iTunes movie chart for the U.S., “Gone With the Wind” on Wednesday was in the No. 5 spot (after “The Hunt,” “Birds of Prey,” “Bad Boys for Life,” and “The Invisible Man”).Oscar-winning film “Gone With the Wind” was temporarily....

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Condé Nast Denies Allegation Bon Appetit Pays Only White Editors for Videos, After Photo of EIC Adam Rapoport in Brown Face Surfaces

Condé Nast Denies Allegation Bon Appetit Pays Only White Editors for Videos, After Photo of EIC Adam Rapoport in Brown Face Surfaces

, editor-in-chief of , came under fire Monday with calls for him to resign or be fired after an allegation that the Condé Nast food title pays white editors — but not people of color — for video appearances. The charge came after a photo of Rapoport in brown face was posted on social media.Asked for a response, a Condé Nast representative said it was untrue that Bon Appetit’s white editors are paid for appearing in videos while people of color are not; the rep declined to comment further. Rapoport did not respond to an email inquiry. [UPDATE: .]Sohla El-Waylly, a chef and restaurateur who...

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Twitter Pulls Down Trump Campaign Video About George Floyd's Death Over Copyright-Infringement Claim

Twitter Pulls Down Trump Campaign Video About George Floyd's Death Over Copyright-Infringement Claim

A video posted by ’s 2020 election campaign — decrying civil unrest in the wake of the killing of — was removed Thursday by , citing a copyright-infringement claim.A June 3 by the @TeamTrump account with the video now displays the message: “This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner.” Twitter confirmed it received a DMCA takedown request from the owner of one of the images included in the video but the company did not specify who that was.The video, titled “Healing, Not Hatred,” currently remains , and .The 3:45-minute video comprises a clip of a Trump...

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With Trump threatening Michigan, lawsuit filed to expand rights of absentee voters

With Trump threatening Michigan, lawsuit filed to expand rights of absentee voters

Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutRight now, absentee ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted in MIchigan, but a new lawsuit says that should be thrown out.A link has been sent to your friend's email address.A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the ConversationTo find out more about Facebook commenting please read theWelcome to our new and improved comments.This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you.You do not need a Facebook profile to participate.You will need to register...

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