Trump Tentatively Approves Oracle, Walmart Deal For 20% Of TikTok

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In a deal approved “in concept” by Donald Trump, Oracle will take a 12.5% ownership stake in TikTok, and Walmart will take 7.5%.

Walmart, which previously sought to partner with Microsoft during its unsuccessful bid to buy the shortform video app, laid out the framework of the tentative deal in a statement. It said that first and foremost, the agreement will create a new company, TikTok Global, “that will be responsible for providing all TikTok services to users in United States and most of the users in the rest of the world.”

If the deal goes through, Walmart and Oracle will both have roles in handling TikTok Global’s tech. Oracle, which has ties to the Trump administration, will process and store all American users’ data via its Generation 2 Cloud data centers. And Walmart will potentially boost TikTok’s ecommerce efforts, as it plans to weave in “omnichannel retail capabilities” including digital marketplaces, product fulfillment, payment processing, and advertising services, it said.

TikTok Global will be majority owned by American investors, Walmart added, and will be an “independent American company, headquartered in the U.S.” Current American investors include Susquehanna International Group, General Atlantic, Sequoia Capital, and Coatue Management, all of which are investors in TikTok’s current parent company, ByteDance. It’s not clear how much of TikTok Global ByteDance would own.

Walmart emphasized the impact TikTok Global would have on the U.S. economy, claiming the company would create more than 25,000 new jobs and pay $5 billion in tax dollars to the U.S. Treasury. (No time period for these contributions was provided.) It also promised that TikTok Global and its investors will create “an educational initiative to develop and deliver an AI-driven online video curriculum to teach children from inner cities to the suburbs, a variety of courses from basic reading and math to science, history and computer engineering.”

And finally, Walmart confirmed reports that TikTok Global plans to have an initial public offering in the U.S. within 12 months of the sale’s closure.

TikTok still faces Sept. 27 removal from American app stores

To achieve that closure, the deal must be formally approved by both Trump and the Chinese government. The Trump administration has given ByteDance until Nov. 12 to divest majority ownership, but the company is likely pushing for a resolution before that date, considering Trump has said the government will ban TikTok (and fellow Chinese-developed app WeChat) from American app stores this week.

TikTok is attempting to put a stop to its Sept. 27 ban with a lawsuit filed last Friday. WeChat’s ban, scheduled for Sept. 20, has been successfully stymied thanks to a lawsuit from users who argued its removal violates their First Amendment rights.

Over the weekend, as TikTok fought to stay available, its interim leader Vanessa Pappas told users that “we are here for the long run.”

“We were thrilled to share that we are working with a U.S. tech partner to ensure that TikTok can continue to provide a home to each and every one of you just as it does today, with no change to our users here in the U.S. or around the world,” she said in a TikTok video (below). “We are incredibly inspired, grateful, and proud of our community, and our teams are committed to keeping the app running just as you know and love it.”

@tiktok##WeAreTikTok and we are here to stay!♬ original sound – TikTok

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“If you are the big tree, we are the small axe.” -Jamaican proverb. Small Axe is a collection of five films inspired by real-life events about ordinary people showing courage, belief, and resilience to overcome injustice and achieve something transformative in their West Indian community. The television debut by Academy Award winning director Steve McQueen. Premiering on BBC One and coming to Prime Video in the US on 11/20.

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When CIA analyst Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan stumbles upon a suspicious series of bank transfers his search for answers pulls him from the safety of his desk job and catapults him into a deadly game of cat and mouse throughout Europe and the Middle East, with a rising terrorist figurehead preparing for a massive attack against the US and her allies.

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After tracking a potentially suspicious shipment of illegal arms in the Venezuelan jungle, CIA Officer Jack Ryan heads down to South America to investigate. As Jack’s investigation threatens to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy, the President of Venezuela launches a counter-attack that hits home for Jack, leading him and his fellow operatives on a global mission spanning the United States, UK, Russia, and Venezuela to unravel the President’s nefarious plot and bring stability to a country on the brink of chaos.

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Nine Upfronts 2021: the shows that are TBA

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Last week Nine held its 2021 Upfronts announcing new and returning shows.

There are two shows that had been previously announced which did not make the confirmed list.

Attenborough doco Life in Colour was co-commissioned in 2019 for early 2021. It isn’t clear if it will meet that deadline. Variety show Step Back in Time was due in 2020 but doubtless a victim of the pandemic. Right now a studio audience show feels a long way off, but will this one ever see the light of day?

Life in Colour
Co-commissioned for the Nine network, Stan, the BBC and Netflix, Life in Colour is a co-production between Australia and the United Kingdom, produced by SeaLight Pictures and Humble Bee Films. The series explores the way colour is intimately connected to almost every story nature has to tell. Colour makes our world a beautiful place to live in, but there is so much more to it than beauty. As Sir David Attenborough will illustrate, colour is the amazing way animals both communicate and collaborate – it’s even their language of life and death.

Step Back in Time
Step Back in Time, a variety show coming to Nine in 2020, will offer viewers a blast from the past through a familiar lens. The show will celebrate key moments in pop culture from TV, movies, music, news, sport, advertising and technology, with each episode focusing on a particular era. An action-packed, fun-filled program that all comes together in front of a live studio audience.

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It’s still too early for decisions on this one. The show is only halfway through its season (and holding up pretty well). Nine will probably want to see 28 day Timeshifted numbers.

Casting an eye back on other shows yet to be formally axed / renewed:

Hamish & Andy: under discussion
Seachange: yet to clarify
This Time Next Year: yet to clarify
Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation: yet to clarify
Talking Married: yet to clarify

Programming exec Hamish Turner has also told Mediaweek, “We will have room for one more show for our 2021 slate and if it ends up being in the performance space then fantastic.”


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Airdate: American Murder: The Family Next Door

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True crime documentary film American Murder: The Family Next Door screens on Netflix later this month.

I’m presuming the title gives a lot away in this one…

In 2018, 34-year-old Shanann Watts and her two young daughters went missing in Frederick, Colorado. As heartbreaking details emerged, their story made headlines worldwide. Told entirely through archival footage that includes social media posts, law enforcement recordings, text messages and never-before-seen home videos, director Jenny Popplewell pieces together an immersive and truthful examination of a police investigation and a disintegrating marriage. American Murder: The Family Next Door is the first film to give a voice to the victims.

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BTS To Debut Exclusive “Dynamite” Music Video Inside ‘Fortnite’

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Yet another high-profile music video is set to premiere within Fortnite, which has been increasingly looking beyond its gaming roots to become a fully-rounded entertainment platform.

BTS, arguably the most popular K-Pop band in the world, will premiere an exclusive, choreography-only version of its hit music video for “Dynamite” on Sept. 25 at 8:00 pm ET. The video (teaser below) will drop inside the game’s ‘Party Royale’ mode — a no-combat zone where players can convene with friends or watch other entertainment events. After the premiere, Fortnite will host a virtual afterparty with karaoke.

The deal marks a major coup for Fortnite, given that “Dynamite” is the first song by BTS to be recorded completely in English, and it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while also shattering records as the most-viewed music video on YouTube within a 24-hour period — to the tune of a whopping 101.1 million views. Other entertainment events that have taken place within Fortnite in recent months include screenings of Christopher Nolan feature films and trailers, and virtual concerts headlined by Travis Scott and Marshmello.

That said, Variety notes that the BTS music video won’t be available for iPhone users, given ongoing litigation between Fortnite publisher Epic Games and Apple. Apple removed Epic Games from its app store following a quarrel about the 30% cut that Apple takes of all in-app purchases.

“We’re always looking to partner with talented artists who are interested in pushing boundaries and finding innovative ways to reach fans,” Nate Nanzer, Epic Games’ head of global partnerships, said in a statement. “BTS is not only incredibly popular worldwide, but their talent, creativity, and forward-thinking attitude made them a perfect match.”

In addition to the video premiere, Fortnite will vend a special ‘BTS Dynamite Bundle’, featuring two exclusive emotes comprising BTS choreography. (Emotes are cosmetic items that can be purchased by players, allowing them to express themselves on the battlefield, including via dance). The BTS Dynamite Bundle is priced at 800 V-bucks — or roughly $8.

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YouTube Creators Are Taking A New Approach To Make Sure Their Fans Are ‘Good To Vote.’ And It’s Working.

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In August, Michael Stevens of Vsauce challenged his fans: If 500 of them registered to vote, he would shave his beard. Within one week, more than 1,500 people had registered as part of the Good to Vote initiative, and the beard was gone.

Three days later, Jack Douglass (aka Jacksfilms) offered to preview an 85-video, interactive YouTube series if 500 people registered to vote. Within 48 hours, 1,400 of Douglass’ fans had registered to vote as well.  

Today, with fewer than 45 days until the election, over 60 celebrities and YouTube creators have signed on to participate in Good to Vote, a nonpartisan campaign working with nonprofit HeadCount that aims to drive new voter registration and current voter participation. To make sure fans are “Good to Vote,” talent are shaving their beards and/or heads, teaching master classes in multilingual swearing, doling out never-before-seen content, and more.

In addition to Stevens (who has 16 million subscribers on YouTube), and Douglass (4.72 million), participating creators include Freddie Wong of RocketJump (9.01 million), LaLa Milan (364K), Corinne Leigh of Threadbanger (3.89 million), Rhett and Link of Good Mythical Morning (16.6 million), Nicole Rafiee (289K), Rachel Levin (14.6 million), Alisha Marie (8.21 million), Remi Cruz (3.9 million), Ian Hecox of Smosh (25.1 million), DeStorm Power (3.03 million), Rebecca Black (1.47 million), Epic Rap Battles (14.6 million), The Try Guys (7.32 million), Yes Theory (5.82 million), and Jon Cozart aka Paint (4.67 million). You can check out all the creators’ specific activations–if they’ve launched already–by clicking the link on their name.

The original idea for Good To Vote came from Ben Relles, Head of Innovation for YouTube Originals. Relles took some time off over the summer to hook up with HeadCount and put Good To Vote together.

According to data collection and analysis organization FiveThirtyEight, voter registration has declined significantly due to COVID. So Good To Vote partnered with to close the registration gap.

“There’s a unique idea here–creators and celebrities rolling out new content if enough people register to vote or take actions,” Andy Bernstein, HeadCount’s executive director, said in a statement. “It’s a clever idea and has been extremely successful thus far.”

As mentioned above, each creator has their own unique landing page on HeadCount’s website with a form that takes down visitors’ basic information, then directs them to their state’s registration site. HeadCount tabulates how many completed registrations and “voter actions” (things like checking to be sure prior registration is still valid, getting polling place information, or arranging to vote by mail) creators drive. That’s important, because creators have all set individual goals, and offer incentives if enough fans complete voter actions.

These creators aren’t going it alone. Good To Vote’s efforts also include Hollywood talent like Samuel L. Jackson, Emma Roberts, Hailee Steinfeld, Florence Pugh, John Stamos, Taylor Schilling, Debra Messing, and Francia Raisa. Jackson posted a video teaching people to swear in 15 languages (after reaching over 10,000 registrations and voter verifications), and Florence Pugh created a live cooking special over the weekend after over 4,400 of her fans either registered to vote or checked their registration.

The campaign will continue to run through the election. Creators interested in participating can email [email protected].

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TV Ratings: Virtual Emmy Awards Slump to New Lows

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It looks like viewers were not fond of watching another virtual event. 

The 72nd Annual Emmy Awards on Sunday delivered 5.1 million total viewers for ABC. 

The telecast was down 27 percent vs. last year’s audience low. 

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Given the changes in the world since, and the fact that there was no live audience, and the awards were picked up virtually, it makes sense. 

Many TV shows have pivoted to produce episodes virtually, and it’s clear that viewers are growing tired of remotely-produced content. 

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The beauty of an awards show is in watching the talent pick up their awards in-person, as well as keeping up to speed with all of the latest fashion. 

Those two reasons alone meant that it was going to be a bitter pill to swallow for most people tuning in. 

That being said, awards shows have been losing ground in the traditional ratings for years, and don’t get timeshifted all that much. 

Who wants to watch an awards show after learning all of the winners through word of mouth and, of course, social media?

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Without the red carpet, ABC scheduled Celebrity Family Feud ahead of the telecast, and it pulled in 5 million viewers. 

In comparison to the Emmys broadcast, that is a good number. 

Sunday Night Football, as expected, took a hit week-to-week, but it still managed to deliver 14.3 million total viewers. 

Over on CBS, 60 Minutes managed 7.5 million viewers and a 1.3 rating, while Big Brother (3.5 million/0.9 rating) and Love Island (1.7 million/0.4 rating) both held up well in the face of stronger competition. 

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As for the winners of the Emmys, it was a good night for Watchmen, which nabbed 11 total wins, while the final season of Schitt’s Creek managed nine. 

HBO managed 30 total wins, dwarfing Netflix’s 21. Pop TV had a good showing thanks to Schitt’s Creek with 10 total wins. 

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YouTube Bringing More Human Mods Back To Work After Coronavirus-Related Pause

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YouTube is bringing back more human moderators to police content, after sending many of its teams home beginning in March with the outset of worldwide quarantining measures to counteract the spread of COVID-19.

Neal Mohan, YouTube’s chief product officer, told the Financial Times that the company is bringing more human reviewers back into the fold, after relying more heavily on automated systems last quarter resulted in a record number of video takedowns last quarter. (YouTube removed a total of 11.4 million videos for Community Guidelines violations last quarter — almost double the 6.1 million videos it removed the quarter before that).

“One of the decisions we made [at the beginning of the pandemic] when it came to machines who couldn’t be as precise as humans, we were going to err on the side of making sure that our users were protected,” Mohan told the Financial Times, even though that might have resulted in s slightly higher number of videos coming down.”

Mohan noted that while machines are responsible for the majority of video takedowns, YouTube also relies heavily on trained human evaluators to take a second look at flagged videos in order to make more nuanced decisions — “especially in areas like hate speech, or medical misinformation or harassment,” he said. YouTube has said in the past that it has roughly 10,000 human reviewers working to ensure Community Guidelines compliance across its platform.

We’ve reached out to YouTube about how many reviewers were sent home amid the outset of the pandemic, how many have returned to work thus far, and what the company’s timeline is for returning to a pre-coronavirus human workforce.

In terms of other content safety measures, the Financial Times also reports that YouTube will continue to roll out a fact-checking tool that’s used to prevent the spread of misinformation in both the U.K. and Germany. The product — which turns up Information Panels, or boxes of text above search results that debunk conspiracies, when people search for sensitive topics– was previously available in India, and then rolled out in the U.S. in April to combat conspiracies surrounding COVID-19.

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Fix Fire Stick Not Working Issue (1-877-943-5444) Easily

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In present scenario, Amazon Fire Stick comes with its state-of-the-art technology that can convert ordinary TV into smart TV. So, there is no need to buy smart TV if you have Fire TV Stick. It offers a wonderful opportunity to watch movies, TV shows, sports, songs, and many more. The content which you like, you can store on this device with ease, and whenever you want, you can carry this device with you. Due to its dimensions, this device becomes very handy to carry. There are chances that you might face Fire Stick Not Working problem while you travel due to a different kind of setup. In such situations, this article will be helpful to fix some of the common issues.

In spite having of all the latest technology, glitches are bound to appear with this device. No device is flawless. So, it carries oodles of issues like Fire Stick Black Screen, apps are not responsive, Fire Stick Sound Not Working, Fire Stick Frozen, battery drainage, and many more.  By way of restarting Fire Stick, most of the issues can be fixed. In some cases, plug off power cord for 20 seconds and plug it back, it will be in operation again. Fire Stick Not Working is a very common problem which is found every now and then.

Possible Causes Behind Fire Stick Not Working Problem

If your Fire Stick does not work due to some glitches, and it is not possible to resolve issues by restarting the device, then you have to go for some alternatives to fix issues.

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Fire Stick Remote Not Responding

Sometimes it might look like Fire Stick Not Working but in reality Fire Stick remote controller does not respond. Once in a blue moon, it stops supporting due to its batteries. Sometimes, Fire TV stick remote consumes a lot of battery. Primarily, examine the batteries of remote which may be out of charge. For the purpose of fixing batteries issue, you must go for top-notch alkaline batteries and can have one pair of spare batteries as well.

Problem With Wi-Fi Connection

If it becomes offline easily, it means there is a problem in its Wi-Fi.  Wi-Fi is the backbone of Fire Stick, in order to stay connected; there will be no issue in terms of internet connection.  Your Wi-Fi password and Amazon prime account password are not similar. So, there should be no error while entering these passwords in the required field otherwise you might encounter Fire Stick Not Working problem.  Sometimes, signal strength also becomes one of the core issues. If signal strength is not good, you will not stay connected. So, check your signal strength and examine your internet plan as well to resolve this issue.

Issues With HDMI Cables

HDMI cable should be inserted perfectly and should not be loose. Cable and extender should be HDMI one. In case of having some issue regarding HDMI cable, plug off the cable and insert it back and switch on device, thus, your issue with HDMI will be fixed.

Fire Stick Not Working is not strange thing, it is one of the most common issues which appear with devices globally.  These issues can be encountered physically.  By way of using some skills, Fire stick will not get malfunctioned.

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