Google CEO to be grilled by Republicans on the Hill this week

It’s going to be a subline 20th anniversary for the folks at Google. As the search giant prepares to celebrate its 20th birthday, Chief Executive Sundar Pichai finds his money-making machine under attack from Washington lawmakers. The 46-year-old executive will visit Capitol Hill on Friday to answer questions in private from Republican lawmakers about a number of Google’s practices. Pichai […]

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‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Twentieth Century Fox claims the top spot in spending with “Bad Times at the El Royale.” Ads placed for the thriller had an estimated media value of $5.16 million through Sunday for 721 national ad airings on 28 networks. (Spend figures […]

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How to Watch Will Smith Bungee Jump Into the Grand Canyon

Will Smith is celebrating his 50th birthday by bungee-jumping out of a helicopter into the Grand Canyon. After being challenged by the YouTube group Yes Theory in March, Smith agreed to the jump in an effort to raise awareness and encourage donations for education campaigns run by the international advocacy group Global Citizen. Viewers will be able to watch the […]

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Uber wins legal battle to keep drivers independent contractors

Uber won a legal victory on Tuesday as a federal appeals court said drivers seeking to be classified as employees rather than independent contractors must arbitrate their claims individually, and not pursue class-action lawsuits. In a 3-0 decision, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco reversed a lower court judge’s denial of Uber’s motion to compel arbitration […]

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Former Telltale Employee Files Suit After Massive Layoffs

A former Telltale Games employee filed a lawsuit against the company on Monday following massive layoffs there last week. The complaint alleges the game developer violated California’s WARN Act, which states employers must give workers at least 60 days advance notice of termination. Vernie Roberts, Jr. filed the suit on behalf of himself and the approximately 275 people who worked […]

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Qualcomm accuses Apple of passing its chip secrets to Intel

Qualcomm on Tuesday alleged that Apple stole its trade secrets and gave them to Intel Corp. with the goal of improving Intel’s chips so Apple could replace Qualcomm’s chips, the latest move in a drawn-out legal dispute. Qualcomm made the accusations in a motion to amend a complaint that was originally filed in November, when it alleged that Apple had […]

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