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Facebook Rebrands as Meta to Emphasize 'Metaverse' Vision

Facebook Rebrands as Meta to Emphasize 'Metaverse' Vision

BUSINESS | By Barbara Ortutay | Oct 31, 2021

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said his company is rebranding itself as Meta in an effort to encompass its virtual-reality vision for the future — what Zuckerberg calls the " metaverse."

Watch: Doritos Unveils LGBTQ+ Themed 'Day of the Dead' Ad

Watch: Doritos Unveils LGBTQ+ Themed 'Day of the Dead' Ad

BUSINESS | By Kilian Melloy | Oct 30, 2021

Doritos has a new Spanish-language ad for the "Day of the Dead" that features a surprise from the Other Side: A deceased relative returns in spirit form to introduce his male partner to the family.

Judge Rejects Challenge to Southwest's Vaccine Mandate

Judge Rejects Challenge to Southwest's Vaccine Mandate

BUSINESS | Oct 27, 2021

A federal judge has rejected a bid by pilots to block Southwest Airlines from imposing a vaccine mandate.

Vaccine Mandates Create Conflict with Defiant Workers

Vaccine Mandates Create Conflict with Defiant Workers

BUSINESS | By David Sharp, Mike Catalini, and Stefanie Dazio | Oct 24, 2021

A small but significant number of American workers are deciding whether to quit their jobs and careers in defiance of what they consider intrusive edicts that affect their freedoms.

Lyft Report: Sexual Assaults Rose Sharply in Recent Years

Lyft Report: Sexual Assaults Rose Sharply in Recent Years

BUSINESS | Oct 23, 2021

Lyft received an increasing number of reports of sexual assault in recent years, including more than 1,800 in 2019, according to a safety report from the ride-hailing company.

Where Are the Workers? Cutoff of Jobless Aid Spurs No Influx

Where Are the Workers? Cutoff of Jobless Aid Spurs No Influx

BUSINESS | By Christopher Rugaber, Casey Smith, and Larry Fenn | Oct 23, 2021

In states that cut off the $300 check, the workforce — the number of people who either have a job or are looking for one — has risen no more than it has in the states that maintained the payment.

Trump Plan for New Media Venture Gets Investors' Thumbs Up

Trump Plan for New Media Venture Gets Investors' Thumbs Up

BUSINESS | By Jill Colvin and Alex Veiga | Oct 21, 2021

Some investors aren't waiting to see if former President Donald Trump's plans for a media company to challenge the likes of Facebook, Twitter and even Disney can actually become reality — they're all in.

Chappelle Special Spurs Netflix Walkout; 'Trans Lives Matter'

Chappelle Special Spurs Netflix Walkout; 'Trans Lives Matter'

BUSINESS | By Alex Veiga and Lynn Elber | Oct 21, 2021

Netflix employees who walked out Wednesday in protest of Dave Chappelle's special and its anti-transgender comments were joined by allies who chanted "Trans lives matter," getting pushback from counterprotesters who also showed up.

Rare Coin Made in Colonial New England Could Fetch $300,000

Rare Coin Made in Colonial New England Could Fetch $300,000

BUSINESS | By Mark Pratt | Oct 21, 2021

An extraordinarily rare coin with a face value of just pennies when it was minted in mid-17th century New England could sell for the equivalent of about $300,000 when it's put up for auction.

Passenger Revenue Soars at Southwest Despite Hit From Virus

Passenger Revenue Soars at Southwest Despite Hit From Virus

BUSINESS | Oct 21, 2021

Passenger revenue almost tripled and Southwest Airlines posted a smaller loss that most had expected, despite slowing air traffic in the third quarter with the spread of the delta variant.

Netflix Co-CEO Reed Hastings Won't Talk About Dave Chappelle Controversy

Netflix Co-CEO Reed Hastings Won't Talk About Dave Chappelle Controversy

BUSINESS | By Emell Adolphus | Oct 20, 2021

Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings does not want to talk about the company's ongoing controversy surrounding Dave Chappelle's comedy special "The Closer."

MTV: Europe Music Awards to Counter Hungary's Anti-Gay Laws

MTV: Europe Music Awards to Counter Hungary's Anti-Gay Laws

BUSINESS | By Lindsey Bahr | Oct 19, 2021

The MTV Europe Music Awards will be held Nov. 14 in Hungary, the network said Tuesday, reaffirming and defending the location despite the country's recent passage of legislation widely condemned as anti-LGBTQ.

3 LGBTQ+ Couples Taste Success in the Food Industry

3 LGBTQ+ Couples Taste Success in the Food Industry

BUSINESS | By Lawrence Ferber | Oct 18, 2021

For some LGBTQ+ couples, being partners in both life and business turns out to be a recipe for success.

LA Realtor Gets Ballsy (Literally) to Sell a Property

LA Realtor Gets Ballsy (Literally) to Sell a Property

BUSINESS | Oct 17, 2021

A Los Angeles realtor came up with a novel approach to get attention with one property - posting nudes of himself around the house.

Netflix's Ted Sarandos: Chappelle's Jokes Don't Equal 'Real-World Harm'

Netflix's Ted Sarandos: Chappelle's Jokes Don't Equal 'Real-World Harm'

BUSINESS | By Emell Adolphus | Oct 17, 2021

Netflix chief Ted Sarandos once again defended Dave Chappelle's comedy special, which has been deemed transphobic, saying "content doesn't directly translate to real-world harm."

AP Review: At Least 13 Auto Safety Rules Are Years Overdue

AP Review: At Least 13 Auto Safety Rules Are Years Overdue

BUSINESS | By Hope Yen and Tom Krisher | Oct 17, 2021

After their 16-year-old daughter died in a car crash, David and Wendy Mills wondered whether she would be alive if federal rules on rear seat belt warnings had been issued on time.

Strike Dodged with Deal Between Film and Tv Crews, Studios

Strike Dodged with Deal Between Film and Tv Crews, Studios

BUSINESS | By Andrew Dalton | Oct 17, 2021

An 11th-hour deal was reached Saturday, averting a strike of film and television crews that would have seen some 60,000 behind-the-scenes workers walk off their jobs.

Netflix Employees Plan Walkout Over Fallout From Chappelle Special

Netflix Employees Plan Walkout Over Fallout From Chappelle Special

BUSINESS | By Emell Adolphus | Oct 16, 2021

Netflix employees are planning a walkout on Oct. 20 after the company's handling of the fallout over comedian Dave Chappelle's latest special "The Closer" that angered much of the trans community.

'As Seen on TikTok' is the New 'As Seen on TV'

'As Seen on TikTok' is the New 'As Seen on TV'

BUSINESS | By Joseph Pisani | Oct 14, 2021

Near the Twizzlers and Sour Patch Kids at It'Sugar are random items — fidget toys, fruit-shaped soft jelly candies — that earned a spot on the candy store's shelves because they went viral on TikTok.

Film, TV Workers Union Says Strike to Start Next Week

Film, TV Workers Union Says Strike to Start Next Week

BUSINESS | By Andrew Dalton and Lindsey Bahr | Oct 13, 2021

The union representing film and television crews says its 60,000 members will begin a nationwide strike on Monday if it does not reach a deal that satisfies demands for fair and safe working conditions.

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