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  • Saturday, Sep. 26, 2020
In this July 25, 2017, file photo, Alphabet stock is shown on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York. Google's parent company has reached a $310 million settlement, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in a shareholder lawsuit over its treatment of allegations of sexual misconduct by executives. Thousands of Google employees walked out of work in protest in 2018 after The New York Times revealed Android creator Andy Rubin received $90 million in severance even though several employees filed misconduct allegations against him. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Google's parent company has reached a $310 million settlement in a shareholder lawsuit over its treatment of allegations of executives' sexual misconduct.

Alphabet Inc. said Friday that it will prohibit severance packages for anyone fired for misconduct or is the subject of a sexual misconduct investigation. A special team will investigate any allegations against executives and report to the board's audit committee. 

Thousands of Google employees walked out of work in protest in 2018 after The New York Times revealed Android creator Andy Rubin received $90 million in severance even though several employees had filed misconduct allegations against him. Shareholder lawsuits followed, and in 2019 Google launched a board investigation over how it handles sexual misconduct allegations.

In January, David Drummond, the Alphabet's legal chief, left without an exit package, following accusations of inappropriate relationships with employees More

  • Friday, Sep. 25, 2020
This April 25, 2019, file photo shows the thumbs-up "Like" logo on a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. A group of prominent Facebook critics, including one of the social network's early investors and a journalist facing jail time in the Philippines, are launching their version of an “oversight board” to rival the company's own. The announcement Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 comes a day after Facebook said its own, quasi-independent oversight board, which has faced numerous delays since the company announced its creation in 2018, will launch in October. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- 

A group of prominent Facebook critics, including one of the social network's early investors and a journalist facing jail time in the Philippines, are launching their version of an "oversight board" to rival the company's own.

The group says Facebook is taking too long to set up its oversight panel, which they argue is too limited in its scope and autonomy. 

The critics, who include early investor Roger McNamee, Filipino journalist Maria Ressa and Shoshana Zuboff, author of "Surveillance Capitalism," are warning that Facebook is already being used to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election and are calling for "proper independent scrutiny" of the company. 

The group, however, has no authority over Facebook and it is not an actual "board." Rather, the group says it was started to sound the alarm about Facebook's role in the coming election.

The announcement Friday comes a day after Facebook said its own, quasi More

  • Friday, Sep. 25, 2020
Icons for the smartphone apps TikTok and WeChat are seen on a smartphone screen in Beijing, in a Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

The Justice Department is seeking an immediate ban on downloads of WeChat in Apple and Google app stores, saying the Chinese-owned messaging service is a threat to the security of the United States. 

Last week the U.S. Commerce Department moved to ban WeChat from U.S. app stores but on Saturday, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California agreed to delay U.S. restrictions, saying they would affect users' First Amendment rights. 

In a filing Friday, the Justice Department asked Beeler to allow for an immediate ban while the case works its way through court. 

WeChat is a messaging-focused app popular with many Chinese-speaking Americans that serves as a lifeline to friends, family, customers and business contacts in China. It's owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent. 

The Justice Department says WeChat allows the Chinese government to collect and use personal data on Americans to advance its own interests. The filing states More

  • Thursday, Sep. 24, 2020
In this April 14, 2020 file photo, the thumbs up Like logo is shown on a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook's long-awaited oversight board that will act as a referee on whether specific content is allowed on the tech giant's platforms is set to launch in October, 2020. CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced two years ago that he was setting up the quasi-independent board in response to criticism that the company wasn't moving fast enough to remove misinformation, hate speech and malign influence campaigns. The board is intended to rule on thorny content issues, such as when Facebook or Instagram posts constitute hate speech. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
LONDON (AP) -- 

Facebook's long-awaited oversight board that will act as a referee on whether specific content is allowed on the tech giant's platforms is set to launch in October.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg said two years ago that he was setting up the quasi-independent board, following intense criticism that the company wasn't moving fast enough to remove misinformation, hate speech and malign influence campaigns. The board  is intended to rule on thorny content issues, such as when Facebook or Instagram posts constitute hate speech. 

"We are currently testing the newly deployed technical systems that will allow users to appeal and the Board to review cases," it said in a statement Thursday. 

If those tests go to plan, the board said it would start accepting and reviewing appeals from users in mid to late October. 

The board was initially expected to start operating in early 2020 but the launch was delayed. 

"Building a process that is More

  • Wednesday, Sep. 23, 2020
This image released by Disney/Marvel Studios' shows Scarlett Johansson in a scene from "Black Widow." The Walt Disney Co. has further postponed its next mega-movies from Marvel, including "Black Widow," while also postponing Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story" a full year in the company's latest recalibration due to the pandemic. (Marvel Studios/Disney via AP)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

The Walt Disney Co. has further postponed its next mega-movies from Marvel, including "Black Widow," while also postponing Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story" a full year in the company's latest recalibration due to the pandemic.

Ten of Disney's top films shuffled release dates Wednesday, uprooting several of the company's major fall releases. The Scarlett Johansson Marvel movie "Black Widow," last set for Nov. 6, heads to May 7 of next year. Instead of opening next month, Kenneth Branagh's murder mystery "Death on the Nile" moves to Dec. 18. That was the date set for "West Side Story," but Spielberg's musical will instead debut in December 2021. 

Disney didn't entirely abandon the season. The Pixar release "Soul" remains on the calendar for late November. "The Empty Man," a horror release from the former 20th Century Fox, is moving up from December to Oct. 23. 

But the delays of Disney's upcoming blockbusters reinforce the growing More

  • Wednesday, Sep. 23, 2020
This image provided by Mars Food shows the new logo/name of Ben’s Original. The Uncle Ben's rice brand is getting a new name: Ben's Original. Parent firm Mars Inc. unveiled the change Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 for the 70-year-old brand, the latest company to drop a logo criticized as a racial stereotype. Packaging with the new name will hit stores next year. (Mars via AP)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

The Uncle Ben's rice brand is getting a new name: Ben's Original. 

Parent firm Mars Inc. unveiled the change Wednesday for the 70-year-old brand, the latest company to drop a logo criticized as a racial stereotype. Packaging with the new name will hit stores next year. 

"We listened to our associates and our customers and the time is right to make meaningful changes across society," said Fiona Dawson, global president for Mars Food, multisales and global customers. "When you are making these changes, you are not going to please everyone. But it's about doing the right thing, not the easy thing."

Several companies have retired racial imagery from their branding in recent months, a ripple effect from the Black Lives Matters protests over the police killing of George Floyd and other African Americans. 

Quaker Oats announced in June that it would drop Aunt Jemima  from syrup and pancake packages, responding to criticism that the More

  • Tuesday, Sep. 22, 2020
Shantelle Rochester
LONDON -- 

The British Film Institute (BFI) has joined with Black female-owned film production company Ida Rose, and The Young Vic Theatre, led by Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE, to present Taking Black Writers Seriously , a showcase and pitching event that will take place as part of the London Film Festival (LFF) on Oct. 16. For the BFI, this initiative is led by Neil Peplow, director of international affairs, and Iyare Igiehon, Inclusion Partnerships and Events executive.

Black novelists, television screenwriters, and emerging writers will pitch stories to an audience of television drama commissioning editors, film and TV drama producers, and Black-led film and drama production companies in order to elevate pipeline projects, scripts, and novels that have strong potential for screen adaptation. Together, the event partners will support projects that reflect the diversity of Black people and their lives in Britain and around the world, rather than stereotypes. This More

  • Tuesday, Sep. 22, 2020
Christopher McQuarrie
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- 

Christopher McQuarrie, acclaimed producer, director and Academy Award-winning writer, will receive this year’s Eva Monley Award from the Location Managers Guild International (LMGI) at the 7th Annual LMGI Awards celebrating “2020 Vision: We See It First.”  The Eva Monley Award recognizes and honors industry members who support the vision of location professionals. Hosted by Isaiah Mustafa, the awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 24, at 2 p.m. PST during a virtual ceremony. 
 
McQuarrie received his Oscar for his screenplay of The Usual Suspects (1995) directed by his childhood friend Bryan Singer. The film also garnered McQuarrie BAFTA’s Best Original Screenplay Award. He also went on to win the Edgar Allen Poe Award and the Independent Spirit Award. The Writers Guild of America recognized The Usual Suspects as one of the greatest screenplays of all time.
 
In the years following, McQuarrie directed T More

  • Monday, Sep. 21, 2020
In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, Jimmy Kimmel, right, speaks with actors, from left, Lisa Kudrow, Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. (The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via A
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

The novelty of television stars getting Emmy Awards delivered to their homes wasn't enough to keep the annual show from slipping further in popularity.

The Nielsen company said 6.1 million people watched the Emmys on Sunday night, down from 6.9 million in 2019 and the third straight year of record low viewership.

The Emmys faced competition from both NFL football and the NBA Western Conference finals. The coronavirus pandemic eliminated any chance fans had of seeing stars on a red carpet, although host Jimmy Kimmel gamely tried to make do in a mostly empty auditorium with actors accepting awards remotely.

Still, it illustrated how the Emmy Awards are becoming a boutique event. Last year was the first time viewership slipped under 10 million people. As recently as 2013, the Emmys had 17.6 million viewers.

The Emmys were once a celebration of all things television timed for the beginning of a new fall season. Yet the pandemic More

  • Monday, Sep. 21, 2020
A man wearing a mask looks at this phone outside the Microsoft office in Beijing, China in a Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo. Microsoft is buying the company behind popular video games The Elder Scrolls, Doom and Fallout. The software giant said Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 that it is paying $7.5 billion for ZeniMax Media, the parent company of video game publisher Bethesda Softworks. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- 

Microsoft is buying the company behind popular video games The Elder Scrolls, Doom and Fallout.

The software giant said Monday that it is paying $7.5 billion for ZeniMax Media, the parent company of video game publisher Bethesda Softworks.

Microsoft said it is buying Bethesda in part to beef up its Xbox Game Pass game subscription service, which it says has over 15 million subscribers.

Bethesda games, such as Starfield, which is currently in development, will launch on Xbox Game Pass the same day they launch on Xbox or computers, Microsoft said.

Microsoft has new consoles debuting  on Nov. 10, the Xbox Series X and stripped down Series S version. It will be competing against Sony's new PlayStation 5 console. 

R.W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian said the deal is part of a wider industry trend of consolidation. Microsoft already owns studios that make popular games including Minecraft and the Halo franchise.

"We More

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