• 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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  • Entertainment
    The Wrap

    Fox News Scores More Viewers Than CNN’s Biden Town Hall

    Fox News outpaced CNN in Thursday night ratings, according to Nielsen Media Research, in spite of CNN’s airing a town hall with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.In the 8 p.m. ET hour until 9:15, CNN brought in 3.328 million total average viewers, of whom 716,000 were in the advertiser coveted age demographic of 25 to 54.In that time period, which includes the 8 p.m. ET show “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Fox News brought in 4.629 million total average viewers. Of those, 774,000 were in the key age demo.Also Read: Cable News Ratings: Fox News' Afternoon Show 'The Five' Beats CNN, MSNBC PrimetimeAt that time, MSNBC saw 2.048 million total average viewers and 352,000 demo viewers.When the town hall concluded at 9:15, CNN switched over to “Cuomo Prime Time.” Fox News alternated between President Donald Trump’s Wisconsin rally during “Hannity,” with Sean Hannity cuting in periodically to offer commentary. At 10, Laura Ingraham’s “Ingraham Angle” came on, offering the same mix of live rally coverage and intermittent commentary.From 9:15 to 10:30, Fox News drew 4.400 million total average viewers and 732,000 demo viewers. CNN pulled in 2.196 million viewers on average, of whom 492,000 were in the demo.MSNBC beat CNN in total average viewers at that time — pulling in an average of 2.927 million — but not in the demo, where MSNBC saw 428,000. MSNBC did not run Trump’s Wisconsin event during “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell.”Read original story Fox News Scores More Viewers Than CNN’s Biden Town Hall At TheWrap

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  • Science
    Popular Mechanics

    An Iceberg Might NOT Have Sunk the Titanic After All, a New Study Finds

    That's what this new study suggests. Here's the evidence.

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  • Health
    The Telegraph

    Almost one third of Covid deaths in July and August 'primarily caused by other conditions'

    Coronavirus was not the main cause of death for nearly one third of recorded Covid-19 victims in July and August, research by Oxford University has found. Analysis shows that around 30 percent of people included in the coronavirus death toll by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) over the summer months had died primarily from other conditions. It means someone who suffered a heart attack, or even died in a road traffic accident, may have been included in the figures if they had also tested positive for coronavirus at some point, or if doctors believed the virus may have exacerbated their condition. Throughout the entire pandemic, around one in 13 people currently classed as Covid-19 victims did not have the disease as an underlying cause of death. It means 3,877 deaths (7.8 per cent) in which coronavirus was not the primary cause have been included in the figures. In July and August, that number jumped to 28.8 per cent of all registered deaths, meaning Covid-19 was not the main cause of death in 465 of 1,617 recorded victims (listen to the podcast below, which discusses whether Britain's death toll could be set to increase again).

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  • U.S.
    Refinery29

    New Details Have Emerged About The ICE Whistleblower Who Witnessed Mass Hysterectomies

    Just days after a nurse at an ICE detention center came forward with allegations of mass hysterectomies performed on immigrants detained at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Georgia, new details have emerged about the whistleblower. Several people who were detained at Irwin while Dawn Wooten, the whistleblower, was employed there as a licensed practical nurse have come forward with allegations that she was complicit in the abuses they experienced at the detention center. A spokesperson for an organization that represents migrants held at the detention center told Prism that multiple clients remembered Wooten making “jokes at their expense.” At least one other person said Wooten knew what the facility was doing to migrant women and did nothing to stop it. She added that Wooten made fun of the people detained at Irwin. These allegations were brought to light after Wooten came forward on Monday with her own allegations of medical malpractices against migrants detained at ICDC, claiming that the facility has ignored COVID-19 safety protocols and is performing mass hysterectomies on people detained there. A failure to test symptomatic detained immigrants, and to quarantine those who had been in close contact with confirmed or suspected COVID cases, were among the complaints. In an official complaint, Wooten went on to state that ICDC was performing hysterectomies on people without their informed consent, referring to the doctor who allegedly performed them, a Georgia gynecologist, Dr. Mahendra Amin, as the “uterus collector.” “For years, advocates in Georgia have raised red flags about the human rights violations occurring inside the Irwin County Detention Center,” Project South Staff Attorney Priyanka Bhatt, said in an emailed press statement. “Ms. Wooten’s whistleblowing disclosures confirm what detained immigrants have been reporting for years: gross disregard for health and safety standards, lack of medical care, and unsanitary living conditions at Irwin.” Immigrants who were detained at the facility during the time Wooten worked there said the nurse participated in their “mistreatment and trauma.” In response to the allegations, Dana Gold, Wooten’s legal representative at the Government Accountability Project, told Prism, “Dawn witnessed systemic abuses at ICDC. When she raised concerns about the operating procedures to her superiors, they demoted her.” Gold continued, “She came forward to expose and validate grave mistreatment of detained immigrants at Irwin because she believes in the need for systematic change and accountability from the top down.” People are now demanding further answers and justice for detained migrants facing gross medical malpractice. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is asking for the allegations to be investigated by the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?A Nurse Reveals ICE Is Performing HysterectomiesICE Is Using COVID-19 To Raid Homes — AgainICE Plans To Oust International Students In Fall

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