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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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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has urged President-elect Joe Biden to nominate Mary Nichols, chair of California's air pollution regulator, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: The reported push by Schumer could boost Nichol's chances of leading an agency that will play a pivotal role in Biden's vow to enact aggressive new climate policies — especially because the plan is likely to rest heavily on executive actions.

U.S. economy adds 245,000 jobs in November as recovery slows

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The U.S. economy added 245,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate fell to 6.7% from 6.9%, the government said on Friday.

Why it matters: The labor market continues to recover even as coronavirus cases surge— though it's still millions of jobs short of the pre-pandemic level. The problem is that the rate of recovery is slowing significantly.

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Why it matters: President Trump had a contentious relationship with Fauci, who has been forced during the pandemic to correct many of the president's false claims about the coronavirus. Biden, meanwhile, has emphasized the importance of "listening to the scientists" throughout his campaign and transition.