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Posted: 26 Mar 2018 07:45 AM PDT

SUMMERS; TRUMP; BUDGET; SPENDING BILL; THE WALL; MONEY

Facebook Names Eurosport CEO Peter Hutton to Lead Live-Streaming Sports Deals

Posted: 26 Mar 2018 07:29 AM PDT

It’s official: Facebook announced Monday that Peter Hutton, who has been CEO of Eurosport for three years, is joining the social giant as director of global live sports partnerships and programming.

Hutton, who will start in late May at Facebook, reports to Dan Reed, head of global sports partnerships. Word of his move to Facebook, which has been aggressively seeking more premium sports rights, first broke in January and was confirmed by Variety.

In the newly created role, Hutton is tasked with collaborating with both TV broadcasters and rights holders to forge live-streaming deals for sports content. Ahead of his joining Facebook, the company inked global exclusive rights to 25 Major League Baseball games for the upcoming MLB season (although they’re weekday games, not in primetime, limiting their appeal to U.S. TV broadcasters).

“Peter is uniquely qualified to lead our live sports partnerships,” Reed wrote in a Facebook post Monday. “He knows the global sports rights landscape, owns strong relationships, and has a track record of delivering results on multiple continents. Plus, he’s worked on behalf of both broadcasters and rights holders.”

Hutton joined Eurosport in 2015 after Discovery bought a majority-stake ownership in the pan-regional sports programmer. Previously, Hutton was co-CEO of the MP & Silva sports rights agency and before that worked at Fox International Channels to launch its sports business outside the Americas. He was CEO of ESPN/Star Sports based in Singapore and oversaw its rebranding into Fox Sports in Asia and Star Sports in India.

With his hire by Facebook, Hutton will relocate from Paris to Menlo Park, Calif.

Lana Del Rey Claims ‘Lawsuit’ With Radiohead Is ‘Over’ (Watch)

Posted: 26 Mar 2018 07:22 AM PDT

Lana Del Rey says the lawsuit between herself and Radiohead over similarities between her song “Get Free” and their 1993 hit “Creep” — a lawsuit that the band’s publisher has denied exists — is “over.” The singer made the announcement during her performance at the Lollapalooza festival in Brazil on Sunday night, as first reported by the BBC.

“Well, f–! I mean, now that my lawsuit’s over, I guess I can sing that song anytime I want, right?” she told the crowd while puffing on a cigarette. Reps for Del Rey and Radiohead either declined or did not immediately respond to Variety’s request for comment.

In a strange exchange early in January, Del Rey revealed the dispute in a tweet, saying that Radiohead demanded 100% of the publishing revenues from the song. She said that while her song “wasn’t inspired by Creep,” she has offered up to 40% of the publishing to settle the matter. She spoke further about the situation at a concert in Denver Sunday. While Radiohead has not commented directly, Variety received a statement from the band’s publisher, Warner/Chappell Music.

“As Radiohead’s music publisher, it’s true that we’ve been in discussions since August of last year with Lana Del Rey‘s representatives,” the statement reads. “It’s clear that the verses of ‘Get Free’ use musical elements found in the verses of ‘Creep’ and we’ve requested that this be acknowledged in favor of all writers of Creep.’

“To set the record straight,” the statement continues, “no lawsuit has been issued and Radiohead have not said they ‘will only accept 100 %’ of the publishing of ‘Get Free’.”

Del Rey’s comment suggests that a settlement has been reached, which is typically the case in such disputes. Prior to litigation, both sides may also engage their own musicologists to study the similarities between the two compositions. Two songs may sound similar to the untrained ear, but a musicologist may be able to show that the similarities are trivial or commonplace.

Going before a jury is a risky gamble, as proven by the outcome of the “Blurred Lines” case, in which the writers of that song, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, were sued by Marvin Gaye’s estate and found liable in March 2015 for copyright infringement for similarities with Gaye’s 1977 song “Got to Give It Up.” In July of that year the jury’s award was reduced from $7.3 million to $5.3 million, although Thicke and Williams’ request for a new trial was denied; that judgment was largely confirmed last week.

Radiohead were themselves sued by songwriters Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood over similarities between “Creep” and their composition “The Air That I Breathe,” which was a hit for the Hollies in 1974. Ultimately the case was settled and pair were given co-writing credits on the song.

 

 

 

 

 

‘I’m authentically sorry for the Facebook unpleasantness. Well, kinda, sorta sorry’

Posted: 26 Mar 2018 07:03 AM PDT

Rejected first draft of Mark Zuckerberg’s belated apology for the mass data invasion that affected at least 50 million Facebook users:

To all devoted members of the worldwide Facebook family, I want to say how sorry I am that some of your personal information got mined, tracked and re-deployed by Cambridge Analytica (and God knows who else) during the last U.S. election cycle.

Most CEOs would immediately accept full blame for such a scandal, and promise it will never happen again. But I’m not like traditional CEOs. I’m way, way cooler.

I don’t wear pinstriped suits and neckties, or carry a calfskin briefcase. I wear blue jeans and carry a cup of coffee in a flimsy biodegradable cup.

Sometimes it burns the holy p— out of my fingers, too, but you know what? I don’t mind, because my job is to be authentic.

And my generation of aloof tech billionaires doesn’t believe in shoveling BS at our customers and shareholders. So here’s the hard truth about the Facebook data breach:

We weren’t prepared for it, we really didn’t do much to try to stop it, we covered it up for a couple years and, yeah, something just like it is bound to happen again.

But, folks, let’s be real. All that stolen information that went from Cambridge to the Trump campaign didn’t come from us. It came from you!

And, yes, I’m including Johnny K., from you-know-where, Missouri. Forty-six years old. Five-eleven, a buck eighty five, according to your last driver’s license.

Clearly a hard-working, responsible guy. Solid eight-to-fiver at the local Amazon fulfillment center. Wife and two happy kids who, judging by those Halloween costumes, are seriously into the “Transformer” movies.

Johnny, I know you just purchased an extended warranty to cover the power train on your F-150 — very smart move. Same goes for that new home alarm system with the camera in the doorbell.

And, dude, that video where you dressed your cat up like a burglar and had him “tip-toeing” up to your front door — all of us here in Menlo Park laughed our asses off.

But, Johnny, here’s what happened that put you in the middle of this political data-mining mess.

Remember that zinger you posted when your sister Mary Ellen signed up as a volunteer for Hillary Clinton’s campaign?

How you said you were going to buy her an orange jumpsuit for when she went door-to-door?

Just a joke, obviously. A harmless little dig.

But it was enough for the sneaky braniacs who are good at this kind of stuff to identify you as a potential Trump voter and start swamping you with campaign messages.

Now, I don’t know how you actually voted in the election, Johnny. Could I find out? Probably. OK, sure I could find out.

But do I really care? Nope. On behalf of Facebook, and all social media companies, let me say that we and our advertisers welcome all your posts.

The more detailed and personal, the better.

We’re proud that customers like you feel comfortable enough on our poorly guarded platform to share basically every aspect of your lives — your dreams, desires, disappointments, and especially your strawberry cheesecake recipes.

Because without this avalanche of mundane content, without this naive mass impulse to expose your inner selves online, my company would go broke. So keep the hits coming, everybody.

We love it, your Facebook “friends” love it, even that guy you haven’t seen since 1992 who says you still owe him a hundred bucks for a lid of Jamaican weed — he’s glad you’re out there, too. How else could he track you down?

But, people, don’t blame us when your personal information gets into the wrong hands. Did you seriously think this was a corporate priority?

I do regret that so many millions of Facebook users were caught off-guard by the Russian trolls, fake news sites, political data thieves, blah, blah, blah.

Lots of customers are mad, our stock price is diving, and apparently I might have to fly to Washington and testify. For that I’ll probably need to lose the jeans.

Yet this crisis will pass. To all who are concerned, I authentically hear you. We want your trust back.

So get on your Facebook page right now and check out our upgraded privacy settings, keeping in mind that no such thing as privacy exists anymore.

But the settings, seriously, are way cooler than before. I mean, we totally outdid ourselves.

Now, can somebody please get me another coffee?

(Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for the Miami Herald. Readers may write to him at: 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla., 33132.)

Toys ‘R’ Us closing makes Parents ‘N Us nostalgic

Posted: 26 Mar 2018 07:02 AM PDT

During the two years we were blessed to raise our little girl from Haiti, there was no bigger adventure than a trip to Toys ‘R’ Us. To adults, it might have been a megastore, big and boxy, but to a 5-year-old, it was Shangri-La.

All those toys in one place! I would lift her into the shopping cart and push her up and down the aisles. She looked like a princess surveying her magic kingdom. “Stop here!” she’d squeal. “Stop here!” She knew she could only pick one toy to take home, those were the rules, but, oh, the possibilities!

So it dug at my heart to read that Toys ‘R’ Us is closing down, likely shuttering all 800 of its stores, leaving landscapes of giant empty buildings and some 30,000 employees out of work.

I know there are business reasons. Massive debt. Heavy competition. A reputation for poor customer service.

But to 5-year-olds, it just means “no more toy store to go to.”

And so, for a moment, let’s look at it that way.

First, some history. Long before Toys ‘R’ Us was an idea, there were small local stores in cities and towns. They carried board games, dolls, cowboy outfits, ball and jacks sets.

Then came the shopping mall in the 1950s, and chain stores and specialty shops began to spread, eventually putting small local stores out of business.

About this time, a guy named Charles Lazarus, who owned a kids furniture shop near Washington, D.C., noticed that his customers kept requesting toys. And when he stocked them, he noticed those customers returned frequently — often to replace a toy their kids broke.

Pretty soon, Lazarus was into toys exclusively. He grew his first Toys ‘R’ Us store to resemble a supermarket. More stores followed. More after that. Dozens. Hundreds. For a while, they dominated the market as the only toy retailer even close to its size. With a giraffe as its mascot, Toys ‘R’ Us went public in 1978; toys had taken Lazarus all the way to the stock market.

But when small gets big, others get interested. Soon, Lazarus had competition, especially when video games became a big part of the toy landscape. Other chain stores dove in, and by the mid-1990s, Toys ‘R’ Us, which had become an international behemoth, was beginning to see declines.

Lazarus retired in 1994. Eleven years later, in 2005, the company was sold off to private equity firms, who loaded it with debt. Box stores like Walmart and Target kept eating away at the business, and the Internet (meaning Amazon) was the final blow.

Toys ‘R’ Us, under the guidance of former University of Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon, filed for bankruptcy last year.

And earlier this month it announced it will shut its doors for good.

Small to big. Big to bigger. Bigger to nothing.

So in many ways, this is just another example of the Pac-Man reality of American business. One dot eats the other dots until there’s only one dot left. But if that’s the case with the toy business, we will have lost something beyond variety.

Going to Walmart for dolls, games or castles is, to a kid, sorry Walmart, not the same as going to an exclusive toy store. Going online to order an action figure or a miniature oven is, sorry Amazon, not the same as trying it out and saying to Mommy or Daddy, “Please? Can I have it? Please?”

We once took Chika, our little girl, to New York City, and the flagship Toys ‘R’ Us store in Times Square. I can still see her eyes bulging at the indoor Ferris Wheel, which we rode (several times) as she gazed out on floor after floor of toys. For her, this was like spinning through Wonderland. So was walking amongst giant stuffed animals — a virtual zoo of them — and sifting through racks of dresses, holding them up in a mirror and imagining herself as Cinderella or Belle. Countless kids had similar experiences at the famed FAO Schwartz, until it, too, closed its doors.

You won’t get that kind of thing by typing in “dress + child + princess” on a computer screen. And while no one is saying an ocean of toys is good for a child’s perspective, and you certainly don’t make a weekly habit of that indulgence, the periodic visit doesn’t hurt a kid any more than the occasional ice cream.

And if you can’t have some indulgent fun with children, who can you have it with?

In the movie “Big,” a struggling toy maker thrives when a childish Tom Hanks gets to inhabit an adult’s body, and make deep-voiced decisions from the cortex of a 12-year-old’s brain. It works, because the company for kids is being steered by a kid.

So with Toys ‘R’ Us heading to oblivion, I hope parents will think like a kid, and find the handful of small toy stores still left out there. They can’t compete with inventory and they’ll likely have to charge more, but the experience of walking a child through a place made just for them should not be lost to corporate greed and leveraged buyouts.

Small to big. Big to bigger. Bigger to nothing. Maybe the next step is back to the beginning.

Kate Hudson thanks mother Goldie Hawn for making her a strong woman

Posted: 26 Mar 2018 07:00 AM PDT

Kate Hudson has thanked her mother Goldie Hawn for teaching her to stand up for herself in Hollywood.

The movie business in the US was rocked in 2017 when numerous actresses, including Rose McGowan, Cara Delevingne and Angelina Jolie, and female employees of The Weinstein Company publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault.

Those allegations were followed by numerous men coming forward with claims of sexual misconduct by Kevin Spacey

Kate, 38, insists that this sort of inappropriate behavior was known in Hollywood but she feels fortunate that her mother Goldie, 72, had years of experience in the business and was able to warn her about the pitfalls of the movie industry and tell her to not tolerate any unfair treatment.

In an interview with The Times newspaper, the ‘Fool’s Gold’ star said: “She (Goldie) was a trailblazer in terms of women in film and she raised me to speak my mind. What’s being talked about now is something we’ve always known about and always talked about; it’s just not always been publicly out there, front and center. I’ve known of [such behavior] the whole time, but I was raised to speak my mind if something is unfair.”

Kate insists the biggest change to come from the revelations and the following Time’s Up and #MeToo movements is that women in the entertainment business will have more power to refuse to do things they don’t feel comfortable about without being criticized or labeled.

She said: “What’s different is how it was taken by other parties – we all know the age old story, if you put a woman in the position of saying no she doesn’t want to do something, or wants something to be handled differently, there’s a lot of eye-rolling and talk about how she’s complicated and difficult to work with, and then you put a man in the same position and it’s expected of him, nobody bats an eye.”

Goldie – who is in a long-term relationship with Kurt Russell – previously admitted she had many “horrible” experiences of harassment when she was starting out on her career as a young dancer in New York City, but she always had the confidence to stick up for herself due to her upbringing.

Goldie shared: “Sexual harassment, unfortunately, has been there forever. I had some horrible experiences as a young dancer in New York City. I’ll top all of them.

“I had a very strong mom, a very strong dad and I had a lot of resilience and I really knew who I was … A lot of girls don’t know what to do.”

Gaten Matarazzo ‘set for $250k Stranger Things pay day’

Posted: 26 Mar 2018 07:00 AM PDT

Gaten Matarazzo is set to earn between $200,000 and $250,000 per episode for the third series of ‘Stranger Things’.

The 15-year-old actor – who plays potty-mouthed Dustin Henderson – and a selection of his co-stars are said to have negotiated the bumper deal with the Netflix show’s bosses for the next installment of the paranormal drama show, meaning they will earn a 1,200 per cent pay rise.

According to the documents, obtained by gossip website TMZ, Gaten was due a wage increase of just under $1,000 per episode, taking his total from $16,800 to $17,640 per episode in the third series.

But the stars managed to strike a huge deal for between $200,000 to $250,000 per episode for the drama show.

This comes just days after sources claimed some of the “A-tier” adult celebs, Winona Ryder (Joyce Byers) and David Harbour (Jim Hopper), on the show will earn up to $350,000 for each episode of the third series.

But, like Gaten, Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair) and Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) are all said to be in line for around $250,000 per ep.

However, that is more than the reported $150,000 for each episode that Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers) and Joe Keery (Steve Harrington) are said to be in line to pocket.

It’s not known how much Millie Bobby Brown – who plays mysterious character Eleven – will receive for the third installment, but she is expected to be paid at least the $250,000 the likes of Gaten and Finn are set to receive.

Some sources have suggested the 14-year-old actress may be making nearer to the $350,000 fee Winona and David are said to be on.

According to insiders, the deals closed last week with season three production scheduled to begin on April 23.

Niall Horan had iPhone thrown at leg on stage

Posted: 26 Mar 2018 07:00 AM PDT

Niall Horan once had an iPhone thrown at him whilst he was performing.

The Irish pop heartthrob has revealed some of the more bizarre items he’s had hurled at him whilst on stage and as well as the Apple smartphone the list also includes fruit and chocolate.

Speaking on UK station BBC Radio 1 on Monday (03.26.18), Niall said: “I’ve had a piece of fruit, chocolate bars and an iPhone thrown at my leg one night.”

When Breakfast Show host Nick ‘Grimmy’ Grimshaw asked, “Who throws an iPhone?”, Niall replied, “Someone whose got anger issues!”

The ‘Slow Hands’ singer then added: “It hit me pretty hard and I can’t tell where it’s coming from.”

Niall is currently on tour in the UK, and thrilled fans at his sold-out concert in London last week by performing One Direction songs.

Niall included two 1D tracks in his set at the O2 Academy Brixton at his show in support of his debut solo album ‘Flicker’.

Taking to the stage with just his guitar before starting his set, the Irish singer joked: “I hope you get value for your money.”

And nine tracks in he gave the Directioners what they wanted by performing ‘Fools Gold’ to huge cheers.

And when it came to his three-song encore, Niall opened with One Direction single ‘Drag Me Down’ from the boyband’s fifth studio album ‘Made in the A.M’ – the first single released by the group as a four-piece following Zayn Malik’s shock departure.

Arcade Fire, Shawn Mendes Win Big at Canada’s Juno Awards (Watch)

Posted: 26 Mar 2018 06:59 AM PDT

Arcade Fire, Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, Shawn Mendes, and late Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie were among the 2018 Juno Award winners in Vancouver over the weekend. Arcade Fire‘s “Everything Now” won album of the year, Downie won artist of the year and shared Songwriter of the Year with collaborator Kevin Drew, Mendes won both Fan Chouice award and Single of the Year for “There’s Nothin’ Holding Me Back,” and Jessie Reyez won Breakthrough Artist. The Junos are essentially Canada’s equivalent of the Grammy Awards.

In a thematic reprise of the 2018 Grammy Awards in January, Reyes was the only female artist to win in a major category. Head here for a complete list of winners.

Arcade Fire, who with Reyez led the nominees with four, performed during the awards show on Sunday night. The group also were the first non-solo artist to receive the International Achievement Award for “exemplary success on a global scale.” (Previous recipients include Drake, Celine Dion and Shania Twain.)

“It’s really hard to keep a group together,” said frontman Win Butler. “We’ve been around for 15 years, and I just want to say thank you to everyone for sticking with it.”

Downie, who died in Oct. 2017 of brain cancer at the age of 53, was named artist of the year. While the Tragically Hip never truly broke through internationally, they are one of the biggest acts in Canadian history and Downie’s death was mourned in a televised announcement by the country’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau.

 

Chrissy Teigen Bails on Snapchat, and Snap Stock Sinks

Posted: 26 Mar 2018 06:31 AM PDT

UPDATED, 10 a.m. ET: It looks like Hollywood celeb disses of Snapchat are still swaying investors’ thinking — to some extent — about the prospects of the app’s parent company.

Chrissy Teigen on Saturday tweeted that she’s dropping Snapchat, citing a recent ad featuring Rihanna that made light of domestic violence and the social messaging and media app’s widely maligned redesign.

On Monday Snap shares opened up 0.6%, at $16.44 per share. However, the stock quickly turned, falling as much as 1.5%. Snap was trending down 0.5% in morning trading, amid an uptick in broader markets. It’s a sign that the user backlash against Snapchat has not yet been fully “baked in” to the stock price by investors.

“The update, the constant complaints of people not being able to find me, plus the Rihanna poll…no bueno,” Teigen wrote in jumping on the Snapchat-hater bandwagon.

The move to boycott Snapchat by Teigen, the outspoken model who’s married to John Legend, comes a little over a week after Rihanna slammed the company for the ad (a poll asking users whether they’d rather “slap Rihanna” or “punch Chris Brown”). Shares closed down 3.6% on March 15 after the Snap flap.

And last month, the Kardashian clan’s Kylie Jenner tweeted her complaints about Snapchat’s new redesign (“does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me…”), which contributed to Snap stock dropping as much as 8%.

Snap has tried to reassure users that usability of the new Snapchat app will improve over time the more they use it, and has promised tweaks to the design. One of the main gripes is that Snapchat Stories for individual users no longer appear in the right-hand Discover section (which is dedicated solely to media-partner content).

Snap went public in a booming IPO a year ago but its stock drop dropped over the course of 2017 after reporting disappointing results. Shares rebounded after Snap posted better-than-expected earnings for Q4 2017, but the stock is still down more than 33% from a 52-week high of $24.40 per share.