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- WarnerMedia’s Andy Forssell will discuss HBO Max at Disrupt 2021In May 2020, WarnerMedia launched HBO Max into a crowded streaming landscape. In spite of early struggles, the timing couldn’t have been better. When the world was stuck at home, struggling to find new sources of entertainment amid a global pandemic, HBO’s latest attempt at an app-based platform rose in the ranks alongside fellow newly launched service, Disney+. The platform builds on HBO’s much-loved original prestige programming, while taking advantage of a day and date approach to streaming films, which many studios have opened up to amid worldwide theater shutdowns. In particular, its sister studio Warner Bros. has premiered a number of big-budget films on the service — including “Wonder Woman 1984” and “Space Jam: A New Legacy” — as the pandemic has shown no sign of slowing. The past year has brought plenty of channels for the service, as well. Not everyone is thrilled about the pandemic trend of… ..... Read More.23 mins ago
- Clarence Thomas Warns Supreme Court May Have Become the ‘Most Dangerous’ Branch of Government(Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas gave a lecture Thursday, at the University of Notre Dame, warning against the judiciary and individual judges from veering into politics on controversial issues presented to the court. This speech comes after the Supreme Court received intense backlash earlier this month for allowing the controversial Texas abortion law to take effect by refusing to block the law, which bans abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. Thomas spoke to how his upbringing in Georgia and his religious faith played a role in his place on the court, while addressing current issues of race and equality. The Supreme Court justice also did not hold back from voicing his concern for the court wading into controversial political issues. “When we begin to venture into the legislative or executive branch lanes, those of us, particularly in the federal judiciary with lifetime appointments, are asking for… ..... Read More.25 mins ago
- LeVar Burton Reveals He is Developing Own Game Show, Says Jeopardy! ‘Wasn’t the Thing That I Wan...LeVar Burton opened up about the Jeopardy! host drama while sitting down with Trevor Noah on Thursday night. Burton first addressed the outpouring of love he received from fans during his time guest hosting the game show, saying that adults who used to watch Reading Room often support all of his endeavors. “I made it public that I wanted it for myself, that it made sense to me, and they were all about it,” he said of hosting Jeopardy! “It made as much sense to them as it did to me. And, so, they wanted it for me as much as I wanted it.” Burton, however, was not chosen to be the permanent host, and while the hunt is still ongoing, Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings are set to host for the rest of the year. “The crazy thing is that when you set your sights on something, you know, they… ..... Read More.38 mins ago
- Boston Dynamics owner Hyundai deploys Spot for factory safety monitoringBack in June, Hyundai completed a deal for controlling interest in Boston Dynamics. The Korean automotive giant no doubt has some grand plans for integrating the Massachusetts-based firm’s technology into a lot of their forward-looking concept mobility vehicles – for now, however, it’s more about putting existing robots to work. Hyundai today announced the arrival of the drably-named “Factory Safety Service Robot.” It immediately began referring to the unit as “the Robot” for reasons of brevity in the announcement release, and I’m inclined to do the same, because who has the time to type out “Factory Safety Service Robot” a dozen times? The Robot (see?) is essentially a modded up version of Spot designed for safety inspections at factories. Naturally, Hyundai is starting close to home, rolling out its first pilot at a Seoul plant for subsidiary, Kia. The Spot, er, Robot, comes equipped for LiDAR and a thermal… ..... Read More.43 mins ago
- Former Instacart CFO Sagar Sanghvi joins Accel as its newest partnerInstacart‘s chief financial officer Sagar Sanghvi has departed from the on-demand grocery delivery company after nearly six years and is returning to his investing roots. Specifically, Sanghvi has joined Accel as a partner focused on global growth-stage consumer and enterprise investments. Prior to becoming CFO of Instacart, Sanghvi served as the company’s vice president of finance and strategy. Interestingly, when he became CFO of Instacart in 2019, he was succeeding Ravi Gupta, who left the company to join Sequoia Capital as a partner on its growth team. Sanghvi and Gupta worked together as investors at KKR (after Sanghvi had worked as an analyst for Goldman Sachs), so it is notable they are following similar career paths of first working in finance and then becoming operators before transitioning into VC roles. Both joined Instacart in 2015. And Gupta is the one who introduced Sanghvi to Accel’s Miles Clements years ago. When… ..... Read More.59 mins ago
- WATCH: Brian Williams Brutally Mocks Madison Cawthorn’s Claim of Constitutional Right to Air Trave...MSNBC host Brian Williams brutally mocked North Carolina Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn over his claim that the United States Consitution guarantees unrestricted domestic air travel. On Thursday night’s edition of The 11th Hour With Brian Williams, the show’s sardonic moderator devoted his final segment to dragging Newsmax — “the cable channel for those who think Fox News is too leftist” — and Cawthorn in particular. Williams introduced a Newsmax clip of “Madison ‘Rootin Tootin’ Cawthorn, the North Carolina congressman last seen beating up on a tree,” in which the arboreal pugilist told host Grant Stinchfield that requiring vaccines for air travel is akin to apartheid: This is a medical apartheid, plain and simple. There’s over a hundred million Americans who are not vaccinated. I think it’s even more than that. And if they want to start shutting down air travel for these people to get… ..... Read More.1 hour ago