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ESPN killed something else with its layoffs, its best hope to reach millennials: TrueHoop podcasts

By Adario Strange

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“Stop hitting yourself… Stop hitting yourself…”

That’s the sound of ESPN bullying itself into irrelevance as we’ve now learned that the self-described “worldwide leader in sports” has killed the best thing to come out of its Bristol, Connecticut headquarters in recent years: the TrueHoop network of podcasts.

The news that the podcasts will shut down comes along with the massive layoffs announced earlier this week.

Along with the initial cuts of …

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United Airlines CEO will testify in front of Congress

By Emma Hinchliffe

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After his company dragged a man off an airplane, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz lost out on a seat as chairman of United’s board.

Now, he has to go to Congress. Munoz will testify in front of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday, the committee announced Friday.

Munoz will have to answer questions about the incident, which left doctor David Dao bloodied and battered, in a hearing about improving relationships between airlines and passengers. Munoz will be joined by representatives from other domestic airlines.

“Next week’s oversight hearing will give Committee Members an opportunity to get much-needed answers about airline customer service policies and what is being done to improve service for the flying public,” Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster …

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Seth Rogen and The Lonely Island tease a film about a ‘music festival that goes horribly wrong’

By Chloe Bryan

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In addition to its many other failures, it looks like Fyre Fest is also an unintentional copycat.

According to some Friday tweets from Seth Rogen and The Lonely Island, the two are combining comedic forces for a film about a “music festival that goes horribly wrong.” Interesting! That sounds familiar.

This seems like a good time to mention the movie we are making with @thelonelyisland about a music festival that goes HORRIBLY WRONG.

— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) April 28, 2017

For real, thinking about suing #FyreFestival for stealing our ideahttps://t.co/uiLxhzLg85

— The Lonely Island (@thelonelyisland) …

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Tom Hanks bought reporters an espresso machine because ‘those poor bastards need coffee’

By Colin Daileda

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If there’s anyone who needs coffee, Tom Hanks believes it’s a White House press corps’ reporter.

He bought an espresso machine for the entire stable of White House reporters because “those poor bastards” need it, the actor said Friday on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Here’s the clip:

Hanks did the same when George W. Bush and Barack Obama were president, but there are a few hints that this time, the espresso machine was purchased with a bit more meaning.

First, there was the note he sent along with the machine. …

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It’s the end of the line for Yik Yak

By Emma Hinchliffe

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Yik Yak has been on its last legs for a while, and now the end is officially here.

The anonymous, location-based messaging app that rose to popularity in 2014 will “begin winding down” over the next week, Yik Yak co-founders Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington wrote in a blog post Friday.

Square — yup, the Jack Dorsey-led payments company — acquired some of the Yik Yak engineering team for $1 million. Unsurprisingly, Square didn’t want the app.

Yik Yak was once valued at $400 million and …

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