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Russian Co. Tied To DNC Hack In Newly Unsealed Report

An internet infrastructure company run by Russian tech exec Aleksej Gubarev played a role in the 2016 hacking of Democratic Party leaders, according to a report by a former government cybersecurity official that was unsealed Thursday as part of a defamation suit Gubarev had brought against BuzzFeed Inc…

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Music Streaming Cos. To Fight Copyright Board Royalty Hike

Some of the most powerful companies in the music streaming business, including Google, Spotify and Pandora, announced on Thursday that they will challenge the Copyright Royalty Board’s ruling last year ordering streaming services to pay more in so-called mechanical royalties to songwriters and publishers…

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CBS Execs Sold $200M In Stock As #MeToo Hit Co.: Investors

Several executives at CBS Corp., including ex-CEO Leslie Moonves, sold more than $200 million of company stock before its price began to tank amid reports of widespread workplace sexual harassment, including by Moonves, investors alleged in a consolidated class action filed Monday in New York federal court.

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‘Days’ Numbered? Sony Trying To Kill Soap, Producer Says

Sony Pictures Television Inc. is trying to kill off “Days of our Lives” to boost its own long-running soap opera, “The Young and the Restless,” the producer of the six-decade-old show alleged in a suit filed Monday in California state court seeking at least $20 million in damages…

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Bezos Accuses National Enquirer Co. Of Sextortion Scheme

Jeff Bezos unveiled emails Thursday allegedly sent by an executive and an in-house lawyer for the National Enquirer’s publisher, claiming the messages show “blackmail and extortion” in retaliation for the Amazon founder’s probe of how the tabloid obtained explicit photos and text messages he had sent to a romantic partner…

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Sumner Redstone, Family Ink $3.25M Settlement With Ex

Sumner Redstone and his family have signed off on a legal ceasefire with the aging media mogul’s one-time companion, Manuela Herzer, with both sides promising to drop all ongoing litigation and Herzer promising to pay back $3.25 million in gifts, according to the settlement agreement…

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CBS Kills Moonves Exit Pay After Covington, Debevoise Probe

CBS Corp. announced Monday that former CEO Leslie Moonves won’t get a severance payment reportedly worth $120 million, after an investigation by Covington & Burling LLP and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP found the former executive violated company policies and didn’t cooperate with the probe into sexual harassment at the media giant…

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