HBO cancels daily news show ‘Vice News Tonight’

Just ahead of the 2016 presidential election, HBO announced its plans to carry a nightly news show courtesy of Vice News, called “Vice News Tonight.” That show is now being canceled, which puts an end to HBO’s seven-year-long relationship with the new media brand Vice Media, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter out…

Just ahead of the 2016 presidential election, HBO announced its plans to carry a nightly news show courtesy of Vice News, called “Vice News Tonight.” That show is now being canceled, which puts an end to HBO’s seven-year-long relationship with the new media brand Vice Media, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter out on Monday.
HBO and Vice had expanded their relationship over the years, with a 2013 deal for a weekly news magazine, “Vice,” plus multiple documentary specials and, later, the launch of the nightly news program.
The goal with “Vice News Tonight” was to reach a younger audience that had grown “increasingly skeptical of daily broadcast news,” Vice explained in its announcement at the time of launch.
The media company argued that the nightly news format hadn’t changed in roughly 60 years, but the way younger viewers consumed information has. They no longer watch nightly news out of obligation, but because the show has earned their time and attention, the company said.
The program grew to reach an audience of more than 500,000 viewers per episode and won five Emmys, but still faced a ton of competition in the broader news market.
The show also meant to appeal to younger viewers who have cu
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The Record Job Streak: A couple of Comments

The employment report has shown positive job growth for a record 104 months. However, if we adjust for Decennial Census hiring and firing (data here) the streak of consecutive positive jobs reports was actually 111 months long. It makes sense to adjust for the Census hiring and firing since that was preplanned and unrelated to…

The employment report has shown positive job growth for a record 104 months.
However, if we adjust for Decennial Census hiring and firing (data here) the streak of consecutive positive jobs reports was actually 111 months long. It makes sense to adjust for the Census hiring and firing since that was preplanned and unrelated to the business cycle.
If the job streak continues into 2020, then the headline streak will probably end in June 2020 when a large number of temporary Census workers are let go.  But if we adjust
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Economic Report: U.S. hiring trends and job openings are still strong, fresh reports on labor market show

May didn’t bring a shower of new hiring and jobs in the U.S., but the labor market hasn’t gone soft.Has the U.S. labor market really taken a big turn for the worse? A new pair of employment reports suggest the answer is no. A private study of employment trends rose in May for the first…

May didn’t bring a shower of new hiring and jobs in the U.S., but the labor market hasn’t gone soft.Has the U.S. labor market really taken a big turn for the worse? A new pair of employment reports suggest the answer is no. A private study of employment trends rose in May for the first time in three months, pointing to a steady if more subdued pace of hiring during the summer. And a government survey found that job openings remained near a record high in April while layoffs are still extremely low. The more positive readings contrast with last Friday’s jobs report for May that showed a meager 75,000 increase in new jobs. The slowdown in hiring last month raised the specter that the ongoing trade war with China has harmed the U.S. economy and discouraged companies from filling open jobs. Read: U.S. adds a meager 75,000 jobs in May in warning sign for economy Also: The worst part of a crummy jobs report might be ebbing pay gains for workers The uncertainty caused by the dispute with China certainly hasn’t helped, but a number of employment indicators aside from the most recent jobs report indicate the labor market is still quite strong. The number of people applying for jobless benefits is extremely low , for one thing, and employment improved in May in both the manufacturing and service sectors of the economy, a pair of surveys showed. Or take the employment trends index created by the same company that produces the long-running gauge
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BLS: Job Openings “Mostly Unchanged” at 7.4 Million in April

Notes: In April there were 7.449 million job openings, and, according to the April Employment report, there were 5.824 million unemployed. So, for the fourteenth consecutive month, there were more job openings than people unemployed. Also note that the number of job openings has exceeded the number of hires since January 2015 (over 4 years).…

Notes: In April there were 7.449 million job openings, and, according to the April Employment report, there were 5.824 million unemployed. So, for the fourteenth consecutive month, there were more job openings than people unemployed. Also note that the number of job openings has exceeded the number of hires since January 2015 (over 4 years).
From the BLS: Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary
The number of job openings was little changed at 7.4 million on the last business day of April, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the month, hires edged up to 5.9 million, and separations
were little changed at 5.6 million. Within separations, the quits rate was unchanged at 2.3 percent and
the layoffs an
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The Company Behind Maker Faire and Make: Magazine Has Shut Down

TechCrunch has learned that Maker Media, the company behind the DIY magazine and online publication Make:, as well as the Maker Faire science, art, and hacking festivals that happen all around the world each year, ceased operations last week and let go of the rest of its 22 employees.The company’s founder and CEO, Dale Dougherty,…

TechCrunch has learned that Maker Media, the company behind the DIY magazine and online publication Make:, as well as the Maker Faire science, art, and hacking festivals that happen all around the world each year, ceased operations last week and let go of the rest of its 22 employees.The company’s founder and CEO, Dale Dougherty, confirmed to TechCrunch that since its inception 15 years ago, the business has been a struggle, as it has been four countless print publications over the past few decades. Layoffs first hit the company back in 2016, followed by eight more staffers being laid off in March, which the SF Chronicle reported ahead of the 2019 Maker Faire; the company’s flagship event held in the Bay Area each year. Despite rain, the event met its ticket sales, but it’s
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Tesla employee satisfaction ratings slip amid cost-cutting, layoffs

SAN FRANCISCO — Tesla Inc’s rankings at two high-profile job websites have declined, suggesting that job dissatisfaction at the electric car company is intensifying amid layoffs, strategy shifts and executive turnover. Tesla placed 16th on LinkedIn’s annual “Top Companies 2019” list published in April, compiled from billions of actions taken by its over 600 million…

SAN FRANCISCO — Tesla Inc’s rankings at two high-profile job websites have declined, suggesting that job dissatisfaction at the electric car company is intensifying amid layoffs, strategy shifts and executive turnover.

Tesla placed 16th on LinkedIn’s annual “Top Companies 2019” list published in April, compiled from billions of actions taken by its over 600 million users that indicate job interest and demand. It held the fifth and sixth spots in 2018 and 2017, respectively.

At jobs site Glassdoor, Tesla’s overall company rating fell to 3.2 out of 5.0 stars based on reviews written in the first quarter from a high of 3.6 in 2017, according to historical data compiled by Glassdoor at Reuters’ request. The average rating of the nearly 1 million employers reviewed on the site is 3.4.

In the first quarter, Elon Musk’s CEO approval rating dropped to 52% from 90% in 2017.

Tesla’s “recommend to a friend” rating fell to 49% in the first quarter from a high of 71% two years prior, the Glassdoor data showed.
For comparison, Ford Motor Co. rates 3.9 stars, with Jim Hackett earning a 72 percent CEO rating, and 76 percent would recommend the company to a friend. General Motors rated 3.4 stars, with 67 percent approval of CEO Mary Barra and a 59 percent recommend rating. Toyota North America earned a 3.7 rating, 91 percent approve of CEO Akio Toyoda, and 69 percent would recommend to a friend.

Similarly, Glassdoor ratings for culture and values,
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Employees sour on Tesla amid cost-cutting, layoffs

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tesla Inc’s rankings at two high-profile job websites have declined, suggesting that job dissatisfaction at the electric car company is intensifying amid layoffs, strategy shifts and executive turnover. FILE PHOTO: Tesla workers examine a Model S used for training and tool calibration at the company’s factory in Fremont, California, June 22,…

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tesla Inc’s rankings at two high-profile job websites have declined, suggesting that job dissatisfaction at the electric car company is intensifying amid layoffs, strategy shifts and executive turnover. FILE PHOTO: Tesla workers examine a Model S used for training and tool calibration at the company’s factory in Fremont, California, June 22, 2012. REUTERS/Noah Berger/File PhotoTesla placed 16th on LinkedIn’s annual “Top Companies 2019” list published in April, compiled from billions of actions taken by its over 600 million users that indicate job interest and demand. It held the fifth and sixth spots in 2018 and 2017, respectively. At jobs site Glassdoor, Tesla’s overall company rating fell to 3.2 out of 5.0 stars based on reviews written in the first quarter from a high of 3.6 in 2017, according to historical data compiled by Glassdoor at Reuters’ request. The average rating of the nearly 1 million employers reviewed on the site is 3.4. In the first quarter, Elon Musk’s CEO approval rating dropped to 52% from 90% in 2017. Tesla’s “recommend to a friend” rating fell to 49% in the first quarter from a high of 71% two years prior, the Glassdoor data showed. Similarly, Glassdoor ratings for culture and values, career opportunities, senior leadership and six-month positive business outlook all fell. Only “work-life balance” and “compensation and benefits” remained static. No metrics improved. The revi
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Microsoft picks up Psychonauts 2 publishing rights from Starbreeze

Following news that Microsoft has acquired Psychonauts 2 developer Double Fine Productions, now-former Psychonauts 2 publisher Starbreeze has announced that it assigned the game’s publishing rights to Microsoft in exchange for $13.2 million. Starbreeze originally picked up the publishing rights for Psychonauts 2 in 2017 with a commitment to invest $8 million in the game’s development.  With…

Following news that Microsoft has acquired Psychonauts 2 developer Double Fine Productions, now-former Psychonauts 2 publisher Starbreeze has announced that it assigned the game’s publishing rights to Microsoft in exchange for $13.2 million.

Starbreeze originally picked up the publishing rights for Psychonauts 2 in 2017 with a commitment to invest $8 million in the game’s development. 

With that agreement set in stone, Starbreeze has sold off the publishing rights for the last game it had signed on to publish prior to its current financial woes. The company has been facing financial trouble since the underwhelming release of Overkill’s The Walking Dead in late 2018, s
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Starbreeze sells Psychonauts 2 publishing rights to Microsoft for $13.2 million

Following news that Microsoft has acquired Psychonauts 2 developer Double Fine Productions, now-former Psychonauts 2 publisher Starbreeze has announced that it assigned the game’s publishing rights to Microsoft in exchange for $13.2 million. Starbreeze originally picked up the publishing rights for Psychonauts 2 in 2017 with a commitment to invest $8 million in the game’s development.  With…

Following news that Microsoft has acquired Psychonauts 2 developer Double Fine Productions, now-former Psychonauts 2 publisher Starbreeze has announced that it assigned the game’s publishing rights to Microsoft in exchange for $13.2 million.

Starbreeze originally picked up the publishing rights for Psychonauts 2 in 2017 with a commitment to invest $8 million in the game’s development. 

With that agreement set in stone, Starbreeze has sold off the publishing rights for the last game it had signed on to publish prior to its current financial woes. The company has been facing financial trouble since the underwhelming release of Overkill’s The Walking Dead in late 2018, s
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Tax crisis spurs city hall rally by small business owners – Calgary Herald

City council voted Monday to carry out an immediate 10 per cent cut to commercial tax bills Monday at a tense meeting where angry small business owners filled council chambers.In a unanimous vote, council approved a proposal to apply $130.9 million to reduce bills for non-residential accounts, in part through $60 million in budget cuts…

City council voted Monday to carry out an immediate 10 per cent cut to commercial tax bills Monday at a tense meeting where angry small business owners filled council chambers.In a unanimous vote, council approved a proposal to apply $130.9 million to reduce bills for non-residential accounts, in part through $60 million in budget cuts in 2019.“I think the business community rightly was frustrated in our ability to take action a month or so ago,” said Coun. Evan Woolley following Monday’s vote.“This is the largest tax-relief package that a council has ever given back to the business community. This is significant. The structural changes to our broken assessment system is what we really need to tackle next.”The mayor will also write a formal letter to the province urging reforms to rules around property assessment and taxation.The vote came following an early morning rally on the steps of City Hall where more than two hundred business owners gathered to protest over steep hikes to tax bills in 2019.Monday’s meeting was initially scheduled to last 90 minutes and was extended to accommodate public submissions by business owners who took turns addressing council at the mic.“All we’re asking for is a fair shake,” said Kelly Doody, a business owner who helped organize the rally. “I think that we can all get pretty emotional about it because these are our livelihoods on the line. My house is mortgaged against my business — that’s my family, my kids. And there’s not anyone I talk to that isn’t in that same boat where they have everything on the line for their small business.”Inglewood business owner Kelly Doody attended the rally this morning. She saw her property taxes more than quadruple to $6,400 per month from $1,500.“It’s been a rising tide for quite some time, but two weeks ago when bills started arriving in the mail, everyone starting losing their minds,” Doody said ahead of the meeting. “Based on the groundswell and the voices we’re hearing coming out of the woodwork, from our main streets to our industrial communities, I think we’re going to see a lot of people.”Her safe estimate is well over 1,000 coming together to pressure the city to come up with a viable solution in response to the painful tax shift spurred by a corporate exodus from the downtown core.

A crowd gathered in front of City Hall this morning for a pro-business rally ahead of a special meeting of council.

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“It’s not just mom and pop shops that have been around for 50 years. It is tech companies, startups, scale-ups, young people that have no idea what they’re in for,” said Doody, who owns The Social School.The motion pitched by 10 c
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