ESPN is letting go of around 100 staffers on Wednesday, with a large chunk of the layoffs hitting on-air talent, according to various reports. The sports media titan has become the poster child for older, TV-focused companies that are being forced to confront a future that is often termed as "trading TV dollars for digital pennies." Layoffs are not entirely unexpected at ESPN, which has been struggling with a combination of rising costs, declining ad revenue, and subscriber losses. Wednesday's cuts appear targeted at reducing ESPN's spending on its on-air anchors, many of which tend to command large salaries. Among the most notable exits is Ed Werder, a veteran NFL reporter. Read more... More about Business, Media, Cord Cutting, Espn, and Business
The US anti-missile system designed to mitigate the specter of North Korea's missiles will quickly be operational, the highest US commander within the Pacific stated Wednesday.
A newly-tested artificial womb could change the way doctors care for babies born prematurely, according to new research. The new study, published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications, details the testing of a "womb-like device" on fetal lambs, which develop lungs in utero much the same way humans do. SEE ALSO: Giant icebergs are a big tourist draw in Newfoundland, and a warning sign The lambs involved in the study lived inside the device — which uses a container filled with liquid — for about four weeks, breathing amniotic fluid inside of a temperature-controlled environment. While video footage of the lamb within the artificial womb may look startling at first, the device could one day be a "bridge between the mother's womb and the outside world," said Dr. Alan Flake, co-author of the study, n a statement. Read more... More about Premature Baby, Pregnancy, Birth, Babies, and Artificial Wombs
Spotify announced Wednesday that it has acquired Mediachain Labs, a Brooklyn-based startup, to help better attribute songs on the music streaming platform to artists and rights holders. Mediachain Labs operates on the blockchain, a technology that offers a distributed database most often associated with Bitcoin. The hope is that this technology can be leveraged as a source for tracking music rights via a decentralized system. Mediachain will "help further Spotify’s journey towards a more fair, transparent and rewarding music industry for creators and rights owners," Spotify wrote in a blog post. Read more... More about Business, Tech, Apps And Software, Apple Music, and Music Streaming
Google partners with Bon Appetit, The New York Times, Food Network and others to bring millions of recipes to the Google Assistant. The post Google Home now helps you cook over 5 million recipes appeared first on Search Engine Land. Please visit Search Engine Land for the full article.
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