• Technology
    The Wrap

    Can You Still Use TikTok After the Trump Administration Bans App Downloads?

    After the Trump administration on Friday announced a ban on U.S. downloads of TikTok (and WeChat) to take effect this Sunday, you might be wondering: Can Americans still use TikTok?The short answer is “yes.” But here’s the deal.The Commerce Department’s ban blocks companies lie Apple and Google from making TikTok available on their app stores, starting on Sunday. (TikTok will also be blocked from updating its app in the U.S. as of Sunday, too.) Users who already have TikTok on their phones, though, will still be able to use the app. Loren Gray’s song clips and Sarah Cooper’s Trump parodies can continue.So if you have TikTok on your phone heading into Sunday, you’re still able to post all the videos you like. This applies to about 100 million people in the U.S. who are already regular TikTok users — and that figure may spike over Friday and Saturday, as people download the app just in case they want to use it moving forward.Also Read: TikTok 'Disappointed' With US Ban on New App Downloads, Pledges to Protect User Privacy and SafetyThe real key date to keep in mind is November 12. That’s when President Trump’s executive order, banning TikTok unless its parent company, Beijing-based ByteDance, sells its U.S. operations to an American company, goes into effect. If TikTok isn’t able to reach a deal that alleviates the government’s national security concerns, the app will go away on that date. Still, American users who have the app on their phone as of Sunday would be able to use TikTok until November 12.“As to TikTok, it’s just upgrades, maintenance things like that, that would be shut down at this stage,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Fox News on Friday. “The real shutdown would come after November 12 in the event that there is not another transaction.”Whether a deal that satisfies the Trump Administration is reached by then remains up in the air. Government officials this week have been reviewing Oracle’s bid to become TikTok’s “trusted technology partner” in the U.S., and President Trump is expected to make a decision on the matter as soon as Friday.Also Read: Trump Says TikTok and Oracle Are 'Close to a Deal'On Wednesday, President Trump said he wasn’t a fan of any deal that leaves ByteDance with a majority stake of TikTok’s U.S. business.“Conceptually, I can tell you, I don’t like that,” Trump said. “If that’s the case, I’m not going to be happy with that.”If Oracle’s deal gets the green light, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said earlier this week it would lead to a new wing of the company dubbed TikTok Global. The deal would lead to about 20,000 new American jobs, Mnuchin said. TikTok Global would also look to file for an initial public offering about a year from now, a person familiar with the deal told TheWrap on Thursday.But to clarify again what likely brought you here: if you have TikTok on your phone by Sunday, you’ll still be able to use the app up until November 12, at a minimum. And if the president ends up signing off on Oracle’s bid, the November 12 ban date won’t end up mattering.Read original story Can You Still Use TikTok After the Trump Administration Bans App Downloads? At TheWrap

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  • Entertainment
    Variety

    Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston Reunite in ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ Fundraiser

    The 1982 world of "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" came to life Thursday night in a fundraising table read that included Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Jimmy Kimmel, John Legend, Ray Liotta, Julia Roberts, Shia LaBeouf, Morgan Freeman and Henry Golding. The hour-long streaming event took place on the Facebook page for Penn's nonprofit CORE (Community […]

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  • World
    The Telegraph

    Gulf powers 'now view Israel as main regional ally' as five more nations set to embrace Jewish state

    Five more countries are seriously considering peace deals with Israel, the White House has announced, as a close confidant to the King of Bahrain claimed Gulf states now regard the Jewish state as their most important ally in the region. Mark Meadows, the White House Chief of Staff, told reporters on Air Force One that five countries hoped to follow the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in normalising their relations with Israel, but did not name them. He was likely referring to Oman and Saudi Arabia in the Gulf region, while there is also intense speculation that Sudan in North Africa is close to taking that historic step. It came as a special advisor to the King of Bahrain said in an interview with the Telegraph that the Gulf states believe Israel could be better suited than Washington in helping them achieve their regional goals. "I think perhaps there is the beginning of a reduction in the dependency on the US and a shift over to Israel now," said Marc Schneier, who was appointed to the role in 2018. "It’s so much more accessible, to turn to an ally, a regional partner, if there are any concerns - whether it’s from a military point of view or an economic point of view. And I think you’re now going to see that shift." Mr Schneier, an American Rabbi, added that it was a question of “if, not when” Saudi Arabia would join Bahrain and the UAE in embracing Israel. Though Saudi Arabia is a key ally of the United States and in recent years grown closer to Israel, the Kingdom’s leadership says it is not ready yet to sign a peace deal. But President Donald Trump spoke optimistically about Saudi Arabia changing its mind earlier this week, along with up to nine other countries. “We’re going to have a lot of other countries joining us, including the big ones," Mr Trump said. Israeli media reports have also pointed to Oman as the next country that is likely to embrace Israel, though many other countries in the Middle East have condemned the emerging, US-led alliance.

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  • Celebrity
    Yahoo Celebrity

    Salma Hayek posts jaw-dropping swimsuit photos taken 20 years apart

    Salma Hayek is sharing some sultry swimsuit snaps — taken 20 years apart.

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  • News
    Storyful

    Anti-Mask Demonstrator Ejected From Disney World While Misquoting 'A Bug's Life'

    A man who said he was trying to “challenge” a mask ordinance was escorted from Disney’s Hollywood Studios near Orlando, Florida, on September 15, and was filmed incorrectly quoting Pixar’s A Bug’s Life as it happened.The man, Roy Fields, is a Christian musician and conspiracy theorist who went viral only six days prior after posting a video on Facebook in which he claimed that folding US paper currency revealed successive images of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and Washington on September 11, 2001.In a two-and-a-half-hour Facebook video that has since been deleted, but which has been reposted elsewhere, Fields live-streamed his one-man demonstration at Walt Disney World. In that video, Fields tells guests to repent, claims COVID-19 deaths had been purposely inflated, and says is preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.This video of Fields, shot by Pete Carney, shows him incorrectly quoting a line from Pixar’s 1998 computer-animated movie “A Bug’s Life” as several security guards are trying to escort him off the grounds.“Remember the movie that came out at Walt Disney World?” yells Fields. “It was called A Bug’s Life! Remember Hopper? If one guy stands up, one ant stands up, then they’ll all stand up and they’ll lose control,” he continues. The quote Fields is paraphrasing is: “You let one ant stand up to us, then they all might stand up.”The park currently requires all guests to wear facial coverings due to COVID-19 restrictions, and may continue to do so until spring of 2021, or until there is a vaccine, according to Orange County, Florida, officials. Credit: Pete Carney via Storyful

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