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Disney President Bob Iger told staff Monday that hackers have stolen a film and are threatening to release it in pieces if Disney does not make a ransomware payment via bitcoin, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Per the report, Iger told staff he won't give in to their demands. Deadline reports the film is the newest "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales."

Why it matters: This isn't the first time we've seen a hack on Hollywood, (think Sony in 2015), but it demonstrates a growing trend of hackers holding targets for ransomware (digital payments), particularly via bitcoin. The WannaCry cyberattacks that infected over 200,000 machines this past weekend, demanded bitcoin as ransomware payment. USA Today spoke with cybersecurity experts who say hackers prefer bitcoin because "it's anonymous and quick."

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Kayleigh McEnany: Trump will accept "free and fair" election, no answer on if he loses

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Thursday that President Trump will "accept the results of a free and fair election," but did not specify whether he will commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses to Joe Biden.

Why it matters: Trump refused to say on Wednesday whether he would commit to a peaceful transition of power, instead remarking: "we're going to have to see what happens."

Sanders: "This is an election between Donald Trump and democracy"

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In an urgent appeal on Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said President Trump presented "unique threats to our democracy" and detailed a plan to ensure the election results will be honored and that voters can cast their ballots safely.

Driving the news: When asked yesterday whether he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses, Trump would not, and said: "We're going to have to see what happens."

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Amazon launches new Alexa-enabled hardware

Amazon's new spherical Echo smart speaker. Screenshot: Axios

Amazon debuted a range of new Ring, Fire TV and Echo hardware on Thursday, including more environmentally sustainable versions of its audio and video gear. Among the products introduced are a cloud gaming service, a home monitoring drone and new spherical designs for its Echo and Echo dot smart speakers.

Why it matters: Amazon, like rivals Google and Apple, typically gives its consumer hardware a launch ahead of the holidays. Apple has already introduced new iPads, while Google has scheduled a Sept. 30 event, where it is expected to debut new audio and video gear, alongside updated Pixel phones.

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