Netflix CEO says he was slow to allow advertising because he was focused on Google and Facebook
Netflix founder and co-CEO Reed Hastings said he was slow to come around to advertising on the streaming platform because he was too focused on digital competition from Facebook and Google.cnbc.com
DNA evidence frees California man imprisoned for decades
A man who spent more than 38 years behind bars for a 1983 murder and two attempted murders has been released from a California prison after long-untested DNA evidence pointed to a different person, the Los Angeles County district attorney said Friday. The conviction of Maurice Hastings, 69, and a life sentence were vacated during an Oct. 20 court hearing at the request of prosecutors and his lawyers from the Los Angeles Innocence Project at California State University, Los Angeles.news.yahoo.com
San Benito native to take over for retiring Border Patrol chief
The Rio Grande Valley’s U.S. Border Patrol now answers to a new interim chief patrol agent from San Benito after their chief retired last week. Chief Brian S. Hastings retired on Friday, June 30, after 27 years with the agency, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson confirmed Wednesday. “During his nearly three decades of service, Chief Hastings held key leadership roles on both the southwest and northern borders, as well as multiple assignments at U.S. Border Patrol Headquarters,” a statement from a CBP spokesperson stated. Hastings was appointed in February 2020 to the position of chief patrol agent in the RGV sector by then Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott, who served under President Donald J. Trump. As chief patrol agent in the Valley, Hastings was responsible for securing 277 river miles and 316 coastal miles in an area spanning 34 counties, a news release from February 2020 read.myrgv.com
He Unleashed a California Massacre. Should This School Be Named for Him?
ROUND VALLEY RESERVATION, Calif. — They said they were chasing down horse and cattle thieves, an armed pursuit through fertile valleys and evergreen forests north of San Francisco. But under questioning in 1860, a cattle rancher let slip a more gruesome picture, one of indiscriminate killings of Yuki Indians. A 10-year-old girl killed for “stubbornness.” Infants “put out of their misery.” Sign up for The Morning newsletter from the New York Times Documented in letters and depositions held in Calnews.yahoo.com
UN appeals for $95 million for urgent Gaza aid and repairs
The United Nations launched an emergency appeal Thursday for $95 million for Gaza for the next three months to meet immediate humanitarian needs and repairs to key facilities. Lynn Hastings, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Gaza, urged donors to contribute generously at a virtual news conference launching the appeal, which she said will target one million people for assistance. “I’m calling for humanitarian assistance right now to meet the immediate needs,” she said.news.yahoo.com
Alexi Giannoulias launches first ad in 2022 secretary of state’s race
Former State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias has released the first ad for next year’s race for the Democratic nomination for secretary of state, citing his past efforts to intervene with banks to preserve jobs at Hartmarx as a bid to build support from labor.chicagotribune.com
U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, longest-serving member of Congress from Florida, dies at 84
Congressman Alcee Hastings died Tuesday. The South Florida congressman, who was 84, made history in many ways — positive and negative. He was a civil rights lawyer in 1960s and '70s Fort Lauderdale. He was Florida's first Black federal judge, and was later impeached and removed. He was part of the first Black members of Congress from Florida since Reconstruction.chicagotribune.com
Disney+ has a big fan: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings
A scene from "The Mandalorian," an original Star Wars TV series that will stream on Disney+. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is a big fan of Disney+. Disney announced its flagship subscription video service, Disney+, has gained more than 50 million subscribers in just six months since the service debuted in November. Netflix announced today it had 183 million global customers, up 15 million subscribers in the first quarter. NBCUniversal's Peacock and AT&T's HBO Max, two other subscription video services, will debut throughout the U.S. in the coming months.cnbc.com
Alief Hastings organize crawfish boil fundraiser to help recovering student
HOUSTON – Alief Hastings High School administrators, teachers and students organized a crawfish boil fundraiser Saturday afternoon for a beloved student in need. “The community has all come out,” said Lynette Miller, a teacher and the organizer of the fundraiser. Velasquez is lucky to be alive after being hit by a cafeteria worker, who investigators said was driving recklessly and hit the student. “It’s been a tough journey no doubt. “In Alief, Hastings...we’re all together and whatever happens, it affects all of us,” said student Kimberly Hernandez.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Natasha Hastings thought she had to hide her pregnancy to succeed
Just a few months after Hastings' pregnancy announcement, several other high-profile athletes including Olympic runners Alysia Montano and Kara Goucher spoke out about the lack of support they had at Nike . Track-and-field star Natasha Hastings hid her pregnancy for five months before deciding to tell her sponsors. The two-time Olympic gold medalist had spent her whole life training and feared that a pregnancy could derail her career. But this Olympics, Hastings' third, has new meaning that's more important than ever, she said. She won two gold medals as part of the women's 400-meter relay team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.cnbc.com
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says subscriber numbers aren't the right metric to track competition
But CEO Reed Hastings said Wednesday that subscriber counts aren't the right metric to track who's winning the streaming wars -- what's really important is how viewers spend their time. "You'll hear some subscriber numbers but you can just bundle things so that's not going to be that relevant. But Hastings is right to point out that many of the major U.S. streaming services have already found distribution partnerships that will juice subscriber numbers in year one. Netflix itself has a deal with T-Mobile that gives mobile customers unlimited free Netflix. ', we want you to choose Netflix," Hastings said.cnbc.com
Man arrested for pretending to be officer, pulling over deputy
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. - A Hillsborough County, Florida deputy sheriff arrested a 35-year-old man on Fourth of July after being accused of pretending to be a law enforcement officer. Hastings told him "he was a law enforcement officer and his credentials were at the office." He told the deputy he could follow him back to the "station" so he could obtain and show him his credentials. Shortly after exiting on Branch Forbes, Hastings was stopped by a Hillsborough County deputy, where he was detained while they interviewed the off-duty deputy. No handcuffs or firearms were located in the vehicle," the Sheriff's Office said.