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It's not a good sign when one of the country's largest recruitment websites cuts a very large chunk of its own staff. Reporter Sam Blake got the story on ZipRecruiter's decision and what it could mean for the economy. Are you a tech worker who has been furloughed or laid off due to COVID-19? Let us know at editor@dot.la. We'd love your input for a story we're working on.

Mattel and Virgin Orbit are the latest Southern California companies to repurpose their factories to meet the demand for more medical equipment.

Tomorrow, we'll be discussing some of the new opportunities and challenges the pandemic is bringing the entertainment industry. Join us for a free virtual discussion! We've also announced our first virtual pitch showcase featuring Southern California startups in any industry. Register your company here.

ZipRecruiter Cuts Big (Exclusive)

The Santa Monica-based company cut 492 employees on Friday. "The U.S. economy is hurting," ZipRecruiter's CEO said, "and we regretfully have to do what is necessary to make sure we are there for the great American comeback story to come." Read more >>

Mattel Is Making Face Masks, Virgin Orbit Designs a Ventilator

Los Angeles health officials announced a jump in new cases Monday and L.A.-area businesses announced new efforts to help manufacture necessary supplies. Follow dot.LA on Twitter for the latest updates.

Today's updates:

  • Disney's Iger won't take a salary, other executives take pay cuts
  • Virgin Orbit designs mass-producible ventilator for COVID-19 patients
  • Coronavirus claims 342 new cases in Los Angeles County
  • Mattel using fabric made for Barbie to create face masks

Stratolaunch's Hypersonic Rocket Project

Now that it's under new management, Stratolaunch today unveiled a rebranded version of its rocket-powered hypersonic vehicle, now known as the Talon-A. The company also said it intends to develop a larger vehicle called Talon-Z, plus a space plane nicknamed "Black Ice" that could carry payloads and perhaps even people to orbit. Read more >>

Join Us Tomorrow For Our Virtual Roundtable on 'Hollywood From Home'

As film and TV production stops and the appetite for entertainment skyrockets, user-generated content on platforms such as Instagram and TikTok are poised for a golden age. Join us Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. for "dot.LA Strategy Session: Hollywood From Home" — an executive-level briefing on the seismic changes happening in the entertainment economy.

Speakers:

- Jonathan Skogmo, Founder & Chief Executive Officer @ Jukin Media

- Alyssa Limperis, Actress, Writer and Comedian

- Sam Blake, Entertainment Reporter @ dot.LA

Register here soon - space is limited >>

Sign Up For Our Virtual Pitch Showcase 

We are so excited to host our first virtual pitch showcase on Thursday, April 9th. Submissions are open for company nominations to present at the live event. We are looking for Southern California startups in any industry — but particularly companies that can have a positive impact on the current COVID-19 pandemic. Submissions will be evaluated on a rolling basis. You will be notified by dot.LA if you are selected to participate. Nominate your company here >>

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