New Zealand Moves Into Self Isolation, Closes Cinemas

Film and TV guilds, regional bodies and representatives of leading companies in New Zealand have joined forces to set up a coronavirus crisis center. The move comes the same day as the government put the entire country into lockdown for four weeks and New Zealand cinemas close for an indefinite period. The Screen Sector COVID-19 […]

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ThirdLove Closes NYC Store Permanently

The coronavirus has claimed retail’s first casualty. 
Lingerie start-up ThirdLove said by way of social media Thursday afternoon that it was closing up its New York City shop — permanently. 
“We are operating in uncharted territory with retail stores across the country closing, and at a time when virtually everything we hold as ‘normal’ is being challenged,” Heidi Zak, ThirdLove’s cofounder and co-chief executive officer, wrote across the brand’s Twitter and Instagram channels. “It is with a heavy heart, we have decided to close our NYC pop-up. We had an amazing retail team that was hitting their stride, but our pop-up lease was up shortly so we decided to permanently close our only physical location. Our affected teammates were offered severance and extended benefits. As a small business, we are absolutely feeling the impact of COVID-19.”  

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The San Francisco-based entrepreneur went on to call the decision to close the store a “gut-wrenching” one, but said the company would shift its focus to its roots: online.
In fact, ThirdLove was born online in 2013. The brand’s popularity quickly picked up steam because of its digital “Fit Finder” and extended size range in

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Facebook closes African fake accounts targeting US voters

Twitter has also taken action on accounts which it says were aimed at “sowing discord”.
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Coronavirus: More films delayed as Disney closes all its theme parks

Hollywood studios are reacting to the global coronavirus pandemic by delaying the release of more huge film releases.
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Facebook closes London offices after employee diagnosed with coronavirus

Facebook is closing its three London offices and telling staff to work from home after an employee was diagnosed with COVID-19.
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Facebook closes offices after worker diagnosed with coronavirus

Facebook has confirmed that one of its workers in Seattle has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the first confirmed infection within the company.
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Weinstein does not enter witness box as defence case closes

Harvey Weinstein’s defence has concluded its case without the disgraced film producer giving evidence at his rape trial in New York.
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Coronavirus: Brighton GP practice closes after staff member tests positive

The move comes as the number of UK cases doubles, and ministers toughen rules on quarantine.
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Sony Closes First-Party PlayStation Studio

PlayStation has decided to close Manchester VR, its first-party studio in the UK that was working on an unannounced PlayStation VR project.

As reported by GamesIndustry.biz, PlayStation made this decision “to close it as part of our efforts to improve efficiency and operational effectiveness.”

Manchester VR was formed in 2015 to specifically work on VR games. It never released a game, and has now become the third UK studio PlayStation has closed in the PS4 generation.

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In 2016, PlayStation closed MotorStorm and Driveclub’s Evolution Studio and, in 2017, it shut down Killzone: Mercenary and RIGS: Mechanized Combat League’s Guerrilla Cambridge.

PlayStation still has two studios operating in the UK, Dreams developer Media Molecule and the team behind Blood & Truth, London Studio.

Even though it has shut down this VR-focused studio, PlayStation remains committed to PSVR, and it already confirmed that it will be backward compatible for the PlayStation 5.

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Beat Saber, which is available on PSVR, won our Best VR Game of 2019, and beat out other PSVR titles as Blood and Truth, Ghost Giant, and Trover Saves The Universe.

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Norovirus closes 1,100 hospital beds in England

Don’t go to work or send children to school until 48 hours after symptoms have gone, NHS bosses say.
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Condé Nast Italy Closes Glamour

GLAMOUR NO MORE: The world of Italian glossy publishing is saying goodbye to another fashion magazine.
Condé Nast Italy has decided to discontinue the publication of monthly title Glamour and the magazine’s digital activities. The December/January issue, out on Dec. 3, will be the last to hit newsstands.
“Condé Nast’s main goal is to innovate and think ahead. My main concern now is to create products able to accompany our public in the future,” Condé Nast Italy chief executive officer Fedele Usai said in a statement, adding that the company’s investments are focused on technology innovation and the development of efficient digital platforms. “In this scenario, we have to take hard decisions, including closing a storied title like Glamour, which has always talked to an audience that, now and even more in the future, accesses contents in very different ways than in the past.”
Glamour was launched in Italy 27 years ago. The magazine is led by deputy editor in chief Alessandra Pellegrino and employs 10 journalists. While in its statement the company didn’t specify what’s going to happen to the title’s employees, market sources say that nine out of the 10 editors working at Glamour won’t be hired by other Condé Nast publications.
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Haut et Court Closes France on Alejandro Amenabar’s ‘While at War’ (EXCLUSIVE)

SAN SEBASTIAN — In one of the big deals to go down at this year’s San Sebastian Film Festival, prestigious French production-distribution house Haut et Court has secured French distribution rights to Alejandro Amenábar’s “While at War.” Buena Vista Intl. (BVI) releases the film, Amenabar’s first in Spanish since the Oscar-winning “The Sea Inside,” in […]

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Mariano, always ‘the last,’ closes HOF ceremony

Mariano Rivera and fellow closer Lee Smith, starters Mike Mussina and the late Roy Halladay, and designated hitters Edgar Martinez and Harold Baines were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, with Rivera the last to take the podium.
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Fitcode Closes $1.8 Million Series A Round

PERFECT FIT: Seattle-based fashion tech start-up Fitcode has disclosed new funding.
The company’s aim is to help consumers with their denim purchases, while reducing returns for brands by teaching shoppers how to make denim selections based on fit rather than size. Shoppers take a short quiz so they can be paired with a particular fit, of which Fitcode has nine. The company then provides denim suggestions based on that fit.
The $ 1.8 million Series A round was led by Seattle investment firm Harvey Partners and will be funneled into new hires, an app, a plus-size offering and growing the partnership base of brands and retailers, according to cofounder and chief executive officer Rian Buckley.
“Brands lose a lot of the conversion when they sell to retailers. And then for retailers, it’s pretty cool because we can offer a unique shopping experience,” Buckley said.
The idea for Fitcode stemmed from Buckley’s time as a fit model in which she saw just how much pinning, tucking and Photoshop work went into making a pair of jeans look good for a photo.
The company’s boutique includes brands such as Seven For All Mankind, Citizens of Humanity, Hudson and Kut from the Kloth, among other designer labels. It doesn’t

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Rhone Apparel Closes on $5M Series A Round

Rhone Apparel, which dubs itself a men’s active wear and lifestyle brand, has closed on a $ 5 million Series A round of financing.
Rhone has raised an aggregate of $ 6.2 million. Its last raise was $ 1.2 million in seed financing in late 2013.
The Series A round includes as investors: Steve Bornstein, former president and chief executive officer for the NFL Network and former chairman, president and ceo of ESPN; David Stern, NBA Commissioner Emeritus; Ryen Russillo, host of ESPN Radio’s Russillo & Kannell; Shane Battier, former NBA player, and M3 Ventures, an investment fund managed by former CAA executive Martin Dolfi.
Rhone plans to use the financing to expand on its R&D capabilities, increase distribution and invest in marketing opportunities. Rhone plans to expand into a 4,000-square-foot retail storefront and office in Stamford, Conn., early next year. The company said it has secured the rhone.com domain name for a relaunch of its e-commerce site.
Nate Checketts, cofounder and ceo, said that the brand in the fall would be “available in 20 Bloomingdale’s locations, 15 Equinox locations and 2 Nordstrom locations, as well as over 12 Core Power Yoga and 20 additional gyms and specialty stores.”
Rhone has been growing its position in the men’s

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