Jun 20, 2018

Apple targets parents with Sesame Workshop deal

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Apple is partnering with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit that backs "Sesame Street," CNBC reports. While "Sesame Street" is not part of the deal, sources tell CNBC that the new content will include live-action, animated and puppet series.

Why it matters: While Apple hasn’t gone public with many of the content deals it's striking to build out its video streaming service, this is the first kid-oriented project that's been teased.

Details: Kids content is a major selling point for streaming services trying to hook households as user-bases, as opposed to individuals. (Household is a typically reach metric used for television, while individual users are the typically reach metric for social media and messaging apps.)

Between the lines: Children's content has been a big focus for both Netflix and Amazon, which have wide catalogs of children’s programming including original content. Up until now, reports and statements have suggested that Apple has invested in high-end adult programming, featuring prominent actors and producers like Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and most recently, Oprah Winfrey.

The bottom line: This puts them in a place to potentially compete with Disney's planned entertainment streaming service, which the company says will be aimed at families with children's content.

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John Kelly in the White House in July 2017. Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Former White House chief of staff John Kelly defended James Mattis on Thursday after President Trump attacked the former defense secretary as "the world's most overrated general" and claimed on Twitter that he was fired.

What he's saying: “The president did not fire him. He did not ask for his resignation,” Kelly told the Washington Post in an interview. “The president has clearly forgotten how it actually happened or is confused."

Barr claims "no correlation" between removing protesters and Trump's church photo op

Attorney General Bill Barr said at a press conference Thursday that there was "no correlation" between his decision to order police to forcibly remove protesters from Lafayette Park and President Trump's subsequent visit to St. John's Episcopal Church earlier this week.

Driving the news: Barr was asked to respond to comments from Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who said Tuesday that he "did not know a photo op was happening" and that he does everything he can to "try and stay out of situations that may appear political."

Updates: Cities move to end curfews for George Floyd protests

Text reading "Demilitarize the police" is projected on an army vehicle during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Washington, D.C.. early on Thursday. Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Several cities are ending curfews after the protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people led to fewer arrests and less violence Wednesday night.

The latest: Los Angeles and Washington D.C. are the latest to end nightly curfews. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan tweeted Wednesday night that "peaceful protests can continue without a curfew, while San Francisco Mayor London Breed tweeted that the city's curfew would end at 5 a.m. Thursday.