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Zaslav, Malone lay groundwork for WBD’s next move

David Zaslav, CEO and president of Warner Bros. Discovery (L), and John Malone, chairman of Liberty Media, Liberty Global, and Qurate Retail Group.CNBC | ReutersWarner Bros. Discovery's next step to gain scale may be looking at distressed assets.Chief Executive David Zaslav and board member John Malone both made comments this week suggesting the company is paying down debt and building up free cash flow to set up acquisitions in the next two years of media businesses suffering from diminished valuations.The targets could…

How Benjamin Franklin laid groundwork for the US dollar by foiling early counterfeiters

In this image provided by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, blue threads can be seen in a six shillings Delaware note printed by J. Adams on January 1, 1776. Counterfeiters found it difficult to duplicate the note. Credit: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences via AP Benjamin Franklin was so busy as an inventor, publisher, scientist, diplomat and U.S. founding father that it's easy to lose track of his…

Southwest pilots’ union lays groundwork for potential strike

A Southwest Airlines Co. plane takes off as representatives and pilots from the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA) demonstrate outside Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.Daniel Acker / Bloomberg / Getty ImagesSouthwest Airlines pilots' union said Thursday it sought to be released from federal mediation for a new labor contract, laying the groundwork for a potential strike as talks with the carrier haven't yet yielded an agreement.The airline and…

‘The Little Mermaid’ Sets the Groundwork to Become Disney’s Next Billion-Dollar Hit With $10.3 Million in Previews Alone

Screengrab via Walt Disney Pictures Has anyone stopped to think that the reason Disney keeps making live-action remakes is because we keep going to the theaters to see them? We can moan and groan all we want, but when we fork over our cash, we are telling Disney we want more. Just look at Rob Marshall’s The Little Mermaid — the film is currently on track to become one of the company’s highest-grossing live-action films of all time. That is if we’re going off of historical data.  At present, The Little Mermaid…

Disney is reportedly laying the groundwork for its standalone ESPN streaming service

has for a long time that it would eventually make the TV channels available on a standalone streaming service. Now, it seems the company has begun the work of uncoupling the channels from cable providers so it can offer ESPN directly to cordcutters.  says Disney has started laying the groundwork for the transition as it has been in talks with cable providers and sports leagues. The company hasn't yet locked down a timeline for the standalone ESPN streaming service, which could still be years away. ESPN is one of the…

Manuel Göttsching laid the groundwork for generations of electronic musicians | Music

Although it might help, there’s a fair chance you don’t need to be standing behind the counter of a record shop to know what “the album with the chess cover” refers to. Since its release in 1984, Manuel Göttsching’s E2-E4 – iconic chessboard sleeve and all – has been heralded as a Year Zero for electronic minimalism by crate-diggers and newcomers alike. Some have gone further, declaring it the first electronic dance album. In any case, for Göttsching, who died last week aged 70, it was just one of several giant leaps…

Musk Lays Groundwork for Twitter Layoffs, Asking Managers to Draw Up Lists

Elon Musk has begun laying the groundwork for a round of layoffs at Twitter Inc. days after taking ownership of the social media platform. Elon Musk has begun laying the groundwork for a round of layoffs at Twitter Inc. days after taking ownership of the social media platform. The billionaire entrepreneur, who completed his $44 billion acquisition Thursday, has asked managers to draw up lists of team members who could be let go, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The person asked not to be

Laying Geological Groundwork for Life on Earth – Early Plate Tectonics, Flipping of Geomagnetic Poles

An interior cutaway of the early Earth highlighting its major geodynamic processes. Magnetic field lines are drawn in blue and red emanating from the liquid core that generated them, while plate tectonic forces rearrange the surface and play a role in the churning circulation of the rocky mantle below. Credit: Alec BrennerResearch led by Harvard University offers new, sharper proof of early plate tectonics and flipping of geomagnetic poles.New evidence points to the role of plate tectonics in early Earth’s release of…

‘Armor Wars’ Movie Might Lay the Groundwork for the Debut of an Iconic Marvel Villain

via Marvel Studios One of the most under-observed nuances in the realm of creativity is understanding how the piece relates to and is bolstered by the medium that it takes shape as; perhaps this is why so many video games make for lackluster movies. With respect to that, we may never know why Marvel Studios chose to rework Armor Wars as a feature film rather than the originally-planned Disney Plus series, but knowing that the property was being assessed with such sincerity this whole time is a welcome…

F1 22 Review: Laying the Groundwork, but Falling Short

F1 22 — released July 1 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/X — delivers a high-octane simulation racing experience with updated car and track physics. Codemasters — which has been at the helm of the F1 franchise for over a decade — does not drop the ball when it comes to the core of F1 22. The new car models feel more responsive than last year, the tracks have been adapted faithfully, and the cars sound riveting zooming around the tracks. Minor tweaks have also been made to the My Team mode to make it more…