Jul 20, 2018

Netflix signs Ellen Pao's Silicon Valley pre-#MeToo story

Ellen Pao (C) leaves the California Superior Court Civic Center Courthouse. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Netflix has announced it acquired the rights to Ellen Pao's memoir, "Reset," with Shondaland. The book details "the lawsuit she brought against her former employer that shook Silicon Valley to its boys’ club core and pre-saged the Time’s Up movement."

Why it matters: Pao's lawsuit pre-dated the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, and was arguably the first high-profile legal battle over Silicon Valley's sexism that put it in national spotlight.

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MLB's Rob Manfred is latest villain in Astros' cheating scandal

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's decision to grant Astros players immunity in exchange for confessions about their sign-stealing scheme has undermined his reputation — and he only made himself look worse on Sunday.

The interview: In a 45-minute conversation with ESPN, Manfred asserted that public shame was punishment enough for the Astros. He also called the World Series trophy "just a piece of metal" and said that taking a title away from Houston "seems like a futile act."

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Economists warn coronavirus risk far worse than realized

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Worries are growing that the economic impact from the novel coronavirus outbreak will be worse than expected and that markets are being too complacent in factoring it in as a risk.

What's happening: The number of confirmed cases has already far outpaced expectations and even those reports are being viewed through a lens of suspicion that the Chinese government is underreporting the figures.

National newspapers thrive while local outlets struggle to survive

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While big national newspapers grow stronger, local newspaper chains that have for decades kept the vast majority of the country informed are combusting.

Why it matters: The inequity between giants like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and their local counterparts represents a growing problem in America as local communities no longer have the power to set the agenda for the news that most affects them.