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New script-reading software aims to manage slush pile — Hollywood Reporter

A new tool aims to get screenplays to the top of the pile at agencies and studios, and not tossed back onto the unwanted stack of unsolicited submissions, writes Etan Vlessing.

Here is the link: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/scripthop-launches-the-packet-script-submitting-program-to-escape-the-slush-pile

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A comprehensive list of 2023 & 2024 tech layoffs — TC

The final total of layoffs for 2023 ended up being 262,735, according to Layoffs.fyi. Tech layoffs conducted in 2023 were 59% higher than 2022’s total.

Gradial raises $5.4M

Gradial, based in Seattle, WA, has announced a $5.4 million seed funding round. The investment is led by Madrona.

CMS awards ICF $50M in digital modernization contract extensions

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has extended two contracts with ICF for the cloud migration and digital modernization of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) systems.

Court orders maker of Pegasus spyware to hand over code to WhatsApp — The Guardian

NSO Group, the maker of one the world’s most sophisticated cyber weapons, has been ordered by a US court to hand its code for Pegasus and other spyware products to WhatsApp as part of the company’s ongoing litigation, writes Stephanie Kirchgaessner.