Entertainment

New Netflix Ad Tier

October 13, 2022
Variety
The context
Netflix announced a new ad-supported subscription plan that will launch in November. The plan will exclude 5%-10% of movie and TV titles and cost just $6.99 per month.
New Netflix Ad Tier

New tier

  • The new ad-supported tier will launch on November 3rd.
  • The plan will cost $6.99 per month, and the cheaper plan will be available in twelve countries.
  • Ads will last for 15-30 seconds during and before TV shows and movies.
  • Netflix is launching its ad tier before Disney+ launches theirs in December.
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The context
The producers of the film "Rust" named Bianca Cline as its cinematographer. The documentary will cover the death of the film's cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during production when a prop gun held by lead actor and producer Alec Baldwin misfired with a live round.
Entertainment
Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Rust Documentary Is Moving Full Speed Ahead

The context
The producers of the film "Rust" named Bianca Cline as its cinematographer. The documentary will cover the death of the film's cinematographer Halyna Hutchins during production when a prop gun held by lead actor and producer Alec Baldwin misfired with a live round.
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Green light for Rust documentary

  • The producers of the film “Rust” announced that they had found a cinematographer to continue the production of the film after it was halted when the former cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot and killed in an on-set accident.
  • The producers announced in October that the film would be completed in Hutchins’ honor and that a documentary would be made about the completion of the film.
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Entertainment

Rihanna Confirms Pregnancy

February 13, 2023
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The context
A representative for Rihanna confirmed that she is pregnant following her Super Bowl Performance on Sunday, making her the first pregnant woman to ever perform at a Super Bowl.
Entertainment
Monday, February 13, 2023

Rihanna Confirms Pregnancy

The context
A representative for Rihanna confirmed that she is pregnant following her Super Bowl Performance on Sunday, making her the first pregnant woman to ever perform at a Super Bowl.
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Rep confirms

  • A representative for Rihanna confirmed that she is indeed pregnant after her Super Bowl Performance.
  • During her performance, watchers took to social media to speculate about whether the singer was pregnant with her second child.
  • Rihanna's son is nine months old.
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The context
The family of the cinematographer killed on the set of "Rust," filed a civil lawsuit against Alec Baldwin. Baldwin, the star and the producer of the film, was holding a gun that accidentally fired, killing Hutchins.
Entertainment
Friday, February 10, 2023

Family of Halyna Hutchins Sues Alec Baldwin

The context
The family of the cinematographer killed on the set of "Rust," filed a civil lawsuit against Alec Baldwin. Baldwin, the star and the producer of the film, was holding a gun that accidentally fired, killing Hutchins.
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Suit filed

  • Halyna Hutchins was a cinematographer killed in October 2021 on the set of the film "Rust" when Alec Baldwin accidentally fired a live round from a prop gun.
  • The family of Halyna Hutchins filed a civil lawsuit against Baldwin and others involved in the production of the film on Thursday.
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June 8, 2022

This Week In Technology June 2nd

This week, the COO of Meta, Sheryl Sandberg, is stepping down, Elon Musk demanded employees return to the office, and Clearview AI got some bad news.
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COO No More

Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Meta (Facebook), announced she would be stepping down after 14 years.

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Tesla's Back In the Office

Elon Musk declared that Tesla workers should return to the office full time or get lost.

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Facial Technology Clampdown

Privacy watchdogs and AI innovators disagree on the way forward for facial recognition technology.

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Politics
May 19, 2022

This Week in Politics

The national formula shortage is finally starting to look up; a racially-motivated shooting in Buffalo left ten dead, and a Supreme Court leak shook the foundations of the court. 

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Ongoing: Formula Shortage

May 19th, 2022

The U.S. has been hit by an infant formula shortage, causing many parents and caregivers to panic as store shelves continue to thin. The formula shortage is due to a combination of factors, and federal help is on the way. 

Shooting in Buffalo Leaves Ten Dead

May 18th, 2022

Ten people were shot and killed at a supermarket in Buffalo, NY, on Saturday, May 14th, 2022. The shooter, a white 18-year-old, targeted a predominantly black community and used a legally purchased semi-automatic rifle. 

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The context
Meta is reportedly planning a new round of layoffs that are expected to happen sometime in March.
Technology
Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Meta May Be Planning Further Layoffs

The context
Meta is reportedly planning a new round of layoffs that are expected to happen sometime in March.
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Here we go again

  • Meta is preparing for a new round of job cuts that are expected to take place in March and will affect an unknown number of people.
  • In November, Meta laid off about 13% of its workforce.
  • Meta is one of the few tech companies to expand on earlier layoffs from 2022, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised that 2023 will be a year of "efficiency."
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The context
January inflation was higher than expected, sparking fears that the Federal Reserve may enact further interest rate hikes.
The context
January inflation was higher than expected, sparking fears that the Federal Reserve may enact further interest rate hikes.
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Higher than expected

  • Consumer prices rose 0.5% in January, according to the Labor Department’s consumer price index, which was higher than experts expected.
  • The Federal Reserve may issue a more aggressive hike in the coming months to slow inflation.
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The White House reassured the press today that there was no indication that the unidentified flying objects shot down over the US and Canada were part of a Chinese spy program, leaving more questions about the objects’ origins.
Politics
Tuesday, February 14, 2023

More and More Mysterious Objects

The context
The White House reassured the press today that there was no indication that the unidentified flying objects shot down over the US and Canada were part of a Chinese spy program, leaving more questions about the objects’ origins.
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Unclear origins

  • The White House said today that there is no indication that the three objects shot down by the US military over the weekend were part of China's spy program.
  • Officials have yet to analyze the debris from the objects because access has been impossible due to weather conditions and location.
  • The administration suggested the balloons were tied to a commercial or harmless entity.
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Entertainment
May 19, 2022

This Week in Entertainment

The defamation trial of actress Amber Heard and actor Johnny Depp raged on and singer Eric Clapton’s European tour is on hold.

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Ongoing: Amber Heard V. Johnny Depp

May 20th, 2022 

Actor Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, for defamation over an op-ed penned by Heard about her experience with domestic abuse. The op-ed is allegedly about her marriage to Depp. 

Clapton on Hold

May 18th, 2022

Guitarist and singer Eric Clapton announced that he would cancel two shows on his European tour after testing positive for Covid-19. 

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