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Hollywood power players team up to fight sexual misconduct, led by Anita Hill

“A collection of some of the most powerful people in Hollywood have formed a commission to address issues of sexual harassment and gender inequality in the workplace, naming Anita Hill as its lead” writes Kellen Beck for mashable.com. “The commission will lead the entertainment industry toward alignment in achieving safer, fairer, more equitable and accountable workplaces — particularly for women and marginalized people,” the commission stated in a release. An additional two dozen executives, founders, and senior members from companies and organizations across the entertainment industry make up the commission…

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California considers ‘green banking’ as it transitions to fully legal pot

“Brown is not the only official concerned about the lack of banking for the cannabis industry” writes Patrick Mcgreevy for latimes.com. The green banking proposal: To designate one bank as a central correspondent bank that would hold accounts from other banks that are doing business with marijuana firms.Starting Jan. 1, it will be legal to grow and sell marijuana for recreational and medical uses.The Brown administration has consulted with federal officials on its proposal and has incorporated some suggestions from Washington, Williams said.Marijuana remains illegal under federal law so federally…

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The auto industry may take longer than expected to recover after Hurricane Harvey

“Compared to 2015, before the oil bust collided with the auto industry head-on, November 2017 sales were up 25%!” writes Wolf Richter for businessinsider.com. And in 2018, replacement demand will peter out after the first few months, and auto sales will be left to their own devices.Much of this replacement demand would occur over the remaining months in 2017 and early 2018. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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The Disney-Fox deal could create a Hollywood giant

“Disney’s plans to acquire most of the assets of 21st Century Fox could reshape Hollywood” writes Caroline Cakebread for businessinsider.com. Assuming the $52.4 billion deal goes through, the Mouse House will get the rights to the “Avatar” movies, full control over movies based on Marvel’s X-men characters, and the rights to distribute the original “Star Wars” movie.As we can see in this chart from Statista, Disney was already the top movie studio; adding on Fox’s assets should cement its lead. The deal includes Fox’s 30% stake in Hulu, which would…

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Taylor Swift Has Concert Industry Embracing ‘Slow Ticketing’ Model

“This time, the artist and promoter are capturing that revenue and not the secondary market,” he said” writes Dave Brooks for billboard.com. “There’s less inventory on the secondary market and it’s more expensive because the tickets tend to skew toward premium seats,” explains Jesse Lawrence, founder of TicketIQ, a search engine for primary and secondary tickets. Source: billboard.com Share This:

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More tech workers coming to UK from outside the EU

“More technology workers in the UK are coming from India, Australia and the US than from major EU countries, according to a study” writes James Titcomb for telegraph.co.uk. Research from Tech City, the Government-backed organisation for the technology industry, found that the biggest sources of technology workers were from outside the single market, rather than from France and Spain.The Government recently boosted the number of special visas made available to non-EU tech workers, which the industry says are likely to become more important after Brexit.The researchers said that although technology…

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Fears of a more expensive, less accessible Internet as the FCC votes to end net neutrality

“Meanwhile, supporters of the net neutrality rules have signaled that they will sue the current FCC in hopes of stopping Pai’s decision” writes Brian Fung for sun-sentinel.com. Powell, who now leads a top cable industry trade group, said that the repeal of the FCC’s net neutrality rules is still consistent with the four freedoms he described nearly 14 years ago. Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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