Entertainment and Lifestyle

DeSantis’ hand-picked Walt Disney World oversight board meets for the first time

Reuters | March 8, 2023

By Dawn Chmielewski (Reuters) – A new board controlling Walt Disney World’s special taxing district in Florida will meet for the first time on Wednesday, as Governor Ron DeSantis’ hand-picked group gets ready to end the entertainment giant’s “corporate kingdom.” What that entails is not clear. Nothing in the language of the legislation creating the […]

U.S. senators blast Southwest holiday meltdown, labeled ‘unmitigated disaster’

Reuters | February 10, 2023

By David Shepardson and Rajesh Kumar Singh WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Southwest Airlines on Thursday faced harsh criticism from U.S. senators at a hearing investigating the airline’s meltdown that disrupted travel plans for 2 million customers, with one lawmaker calling the situation an “unmitigated disaster.” Senators recounted to Southwest a litany of horrendous travel stories: People missing […]

Bob Iger’s Disney revamp could keep critic Peltz ‘at bay’

Reuters | February 9, 2023

(Reuters) – Walt Disney Co CEO Bob Iger dazzled Wall Street on Wednesday with sweeping changes and billions of dollars in cost cuts, and some analysts are convinced that will be enough to sway its harshest critic – activist investor Nelson Peltz. In his first earnings call since returning to the top job in November, […]

ChatGPT owner launches ‘imperfect’ tool to detect AI-generated text

Reuters | February 1, 2023

By Krystal Hu (Reuters) – OpenAI, the creator of the popular chatbot ChatGPT, has released a software tool to identify text generated by artificial intelligence, the company said in a blog post on Wednesday. ChatGPT is a free program that generates text in response to a prompt, including articles, essays, jokes and even poetry, which […]

Southwest flight upheaval a ‘system failure,’ U.S. says

Reuters | December 29, 2022

By Kanishka Singh WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Wednesday ratcheted up pressure on Southwest Airlines, saying thousands more canceled flights indicated a system failure at the low-cost carrier. “We are past the point where they could say this is a weather-driven issue,” Buttigieg said in an interview posted by ABC News on […]

Elon Musk, ‘Chief Twit’

Reuters | December 21, 2022

By Kenneth Li -How easy was it to forget the rocket-launching, swashbuckling billionaire inspiration for the superhero “Iron Man” movies held more than one job this year: the self-anointed role of “Chief Twit.” Even as the Tesla and SpaceX CEO ended 2022 with major milestones from mounting an aggressive global expansion of Tesla to playing […]

Amazon to roll out TikTok-like shopping experience in social commerce push

Reuters | December 8, 2022

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc said on Thursday it will roll out a TikTok-like feed on its e-commerce app, hoping to attract new shoppers through a stream of photos and videos from their favorite influencers. The move comes as shopping activity slows in response to an uncertain economy and decades-high inflation. The feature is also geared […]

Gucci’s creative director Michele to step down – Kering

Reuters | November 23, 2022

By Mimosa Spencer and Silvia Aloisi PARIS (Reuters) -Creative director Alessandro Michele is leaving French luxury goods company Kering’s star label Gucci after seven years, Kering confirmed on Wednesday. “I am grateful to Alessandro for bringing so much of himself in this adventure,” said François-Henri Pinault, chairman and CEO of Kering in a statement, referring […]

Breakfast in, shopping out: tourists to the U.S. hit by soaring dollar

Reuters | September 29, 2022

By Noel Randewich, John McCrank and Alun John SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – In the weeks before heading to San Francisco for their vacation this month, Jeff Skipper and his wife Valerie, from the United Kingdom, watched helplessly as the U.S. dollar continued its meteoric rise against the British pound. The sterling/dollar exchange rate – […]