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Short-Form Video Service Quibi Shuts Down

Quibi raised $1.75 billion in funding before launching to try to present “fresh content from today’s biggest stars — one quick bite at a time.” However, that didn’t materialize.

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Quibi Holdings LLC launched in April of this year, and after only a few months, the short-form video service shutting down the company stated in a Medium post from Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman. 

“We feel that we’ve exhausted all our options. As a result, we have reluctantly come to the difficult decision to wind down the business, return cash to our shareholders, and say goodbye to our colleagues with grace,” the announcement said. 

Quibi raised $1.75 billion in funding before launching to try to present “fresh content from today’s biggest stars — one quick bite at a time.” However, that didn’t materialize. 

Furthermore, in July, Sensor Tower claimed that Quibi lost over 90 percent of its subscribers after their three-month trial ran out. Only 72,000 of its roughly 910,000 users who had signed up stuck around as paid customers.

The Verge lays out a few reasons for the demise of Quibi, but two that stand out are the lack of breakout stars and free competition from platforms like YouTube and TikTok. 

A few weeks ago, a viral video from Nathan Apodaca, who goes by 420doggface208 on TikTok, recorded himself skateboarding down a road and drinking cran-raspberry juice from the jug, while the song “Dreams” plays in the background. 

The video has allowed Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours to reappear on the Billboard 200 chart. This video on a free platform is the type of competition Quibi faced, and it was Tik Tok that helped revive a song from the 1970s.

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Vox Founder Leaving for New York Times

After stepping down from his editor in chief position in 2017, Klein became Vox’s editor at large, which allowed him to work on the website’s television and podcast efforts. Furthermore, he contributed to MSNBC, Bloomberg News, and writing opinion essays for The Times.

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Vox.com will be saying goodbye to one of its founders, Ezra Klein, who is leaving the digital media outlet and joining The New York Times. After eight years at Vox, where he served as the editor in chief of the publication, Klein will be a columnist and podcast host at The Times.

After stepping down from his editor in chief position in 2017, Klein became Vox’s editor at large, which allowed him to work on the website’s television and podcast efforts. Furthermore, he contributed to MSNBC, Bloomberg News, and writing opinion essays for The Times.

The reason for Klein’s departure from Vox is a career move as a result of feeling burnt out and having the desire to be a journalist again. Kathleen Kingsbury, The Times’s acting head of the opinion department, and Paula Szuchman, the head of its audio group, commented on having Klein join their respective departments.

“He helped set the standard for modern explanatory journalism early in his career, and he’s been able to do it through virtually every medium,” the statement said.

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Twitter to Transition POTUS Account to Joe Biden

Twitter spokesperson Nick Pacilio said in an email statement that it is “actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021.”

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On January 20th, 2021, it will be inauguration day for president-elect Joe Biden. However, it will also be the day in which Twitter will transfer the different government accounts to the Biden administration.

Twitter spokesperson Nick Pacilio said in an email statement that it is “actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021.”

When the president’s @POTUS Twitter account and the @VP, @FLOTUS, and @whitehouse, transition over to the Biden administration, the tweets will reset to zero.

Despite the changes on social media, don’t expect Biden to be using the account that often as he’s not known for using Twitter to relay any important messages like his predecessor. Biden’s account has less than 7,000 tweets to his 19 million followers when it comes to his account.

Meanwhile, President Trump won’t see much change to his Twitter usage as he uses his personal account, @realDonaldTrump, to broadcast his messages rather than the @POUTS account. Nonetheless, expect a much different president when it comes to using Twitter.

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Entertainment Workers Exempt from California’s New Round of Stay-At-Home Orders

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California entertainment industry professionals are exempt from COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom. Starting this Saturday night, non-essential work, movement and gatherings will be prohibited between the hours of 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily.

The order requires “generally that non-essential work, movement and gatherings stop between 10 PM and 5 AM in counties in the purple tier.” That means basically every county in Southern California and 94% of the state’s population.

On that list of exemptions, under “Industrial, Commercial, Residential, and Sheltering Facilities and Services,” there is essential worker designation 15 which reads, “Workers supporting the entertainment industries, studios, and other related establishments, provided they follow covid-19 public health guidance around physical distancing.”

Film and TV production employees were not included on the essential workers list during the first California shutdown in March. Their addition to the list speaks to the success and strong protocols on set since then. The document was last updated September 22.

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