The media giant unveiled plans for its upcoming streaming service at a virtual investor event Wednesday, detailing that the service will offer consumers more than 30,000 episodes of TV shows, including 36 original series that are slated to debut this year.
<p>The service will also stream more than 2500 movies, as well as live sports and news. Paramount+ will have over 1000 live sporting events per year, including the PGA Tour, March Madness, the NFL, UEFA soccer matches, U.S. Women's Soccer and more.</p><p>Paramount+ will launch on March 4, and effectively become the successor to the company's existing CBS All Access service. The company also plans to launch an ad-supported version of Paramount+ for $4.99 in June that will feature a smaller content bundle.</p>
The executive order calls for reviews across federal agencies into the global supply chains used by four major industries: semiconductors, batteries, critical minerals and pharmaceuticals. The order offers an early insight into the Biden administration's approach to China, which will encourage an investment in U.S. manufacturing.
<p>The initial reviews, which will last 100 days, will investigate whether supply chains in those industries are overly reliant on China and what can be done to bring manufacturing back to the U.S.</p><p>"I'm directing senior officials in my administration to work with industrial leaders to identify solutions to this semiconductor shortfall," Biden said before signing the executive order on Wednesday.</p><p>The telecommunications and semiconductor industries have hailed the executive order as a good first step, calling for increased investment from the government.</p><p>"We welcome today's executive order and stand ready to work with the Biden administration to ensure the strength and resilience of America's semiconductor supply chains," said Bob Bruggeworth, the board chair of the Semiconductor Industry Association. "As part of this effort, we urge the president and Congress to invest ambitiously in domestic chip manufacturing and research."</p><p><div class="ad-tag"><div class="ad-place-holder" data-pos="1">
More than 113 startups and the Google-backed trade association Engine are laying out their vision for creating a more inclusive economy – and it starts with more funding from the government.
<p>In a letter to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the startups said the U.S. government can help address some of the structural inequalities that have left minority founders at a disadvantage. The letter, which is addressed to Janine Scianna, the congressional affairs specialist at the USPTO, comes in response to a <a href="https://www.uspto.gov/initiatives/expanding-innovation/national-council-expanding-innovation/national-council-expanding" target="_blank">request for public comment</a> from the National Council for Expanding American Innovation, a newly-created council that will advise a new national strategy for creating a more inclusive economy. </p><p>The startups, including Eventbrite and Voatz, suggested increasing funding for federal loan and grant programs, investing in incubators and accelerators aimed at boosting underrepresented founders, and offering tax credits to VCs or angel investors who make investments in diverse founders, among other ideas. </p><p><div class="ad-tag"><div class="ad-place-holder" data-pos="1">
</div></p><p>"As the nation continues the necessary work of addressing systemic inequality and structural racism, the government should emphasize improving diversity in innovation and entrepreneurship as one avenue to increase opportunities and create wealth in underserved and historically marginalized communities," the organizations wrote in the letter.</p>
Facebook's Nick Clegg has attempted to set the record straight on the company's recent dealings with the Australian government, explaining in a blog post why Facebook briefly removed news from the platform in Australia ahead of a new law being passed that would change the company's relationship to publishers. Facebook's planning to spend $1 billion with publishers over the next three years, he said, but on its own terms.
<p>Facebook's primary issue with the Australian law, Clegg said, was with the rule that would force arbitration if Facebook and publishers couldn't come to a deal otherwise. "Facebook would have been forced to pay potentially unlimited amounts of money to multi-national media conglomerates under an arbitration system that deliberately misdescribes the relationship between publishers and Facebook," he wrote.</p><p>Clegg also took issue with the idea of paying publishers every time a link appears on Facebook, which a number of tech analysts and critics have also criticized over the last few weeks. He picked an excellent metaphor describe why he thinks it's problematic: "It's like forcing car makers to fund radio stations because people might listen to them in the car — and letting the stations set the price."</p><p><div class="ad-tag"><div class="ad-place-holder" data-pos="1">
Gabrielle Toledano, who joined ServiceNow in early January as its chief talent officer, left the company on Tuesday, Protocol has learned.
<p>"We are focused now on finding the right leader to help take our company to the next level while continuing to foster and grow ServiceNow's unique and special culture," the company said in a statement. <br></p><p>When announcing Toledano's appointment last fall, <a href="https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201028005399/en/ServiceNow-Hires-Gabrielle-Toledano-as-Chief-Talent-Officer" target="_blank">ServiceNow CEO Bill McDermott said</a>: "Gaby is the perfect choice to attract and retain the industry's very best talent ... She has my total confidence to strengthen the people power of ServiceNow."</p>