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  • Friday, Oct. 30, 2020
This Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, file photo, shows as logo of a smartphone app TikTok on a user post on a smartphone screen in Tokyo. Canadian e-commerce platform Shopify said Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, it’s made a deal with TikTok enabling merchants to create “shoppable” video ads that drive customers to online stores. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

A federal judge has postponed President Donald Trump's threatened shutdown of the popular short-form video app TikTok, siding with a Pennsylvania comedian and two other TikTok creators who say Trump's order hampers their free speech.

U.S. District Judge Wendy Beetlestone on Friday blocked an upcoming Commerce Department action that would have effectively banned TikTok in the U.S. by cutting it off from vital technical services.

The Trump administration has said TikTok is a security threat, citing its Chinese owner, ByteDance, and the possibility that the Chinese government could spy on users. Trump's executive order was set to take effect Nov. 12, but is now on hold as the lawsuit proceeds. 

This is not the first court challenge to Trump's attempted crackdown on TikTok. Another federal judge in September postponed a Trump administration order that would have banned TikTok from smartphone app stores. In that case, lawyers for TikTok More

  • Friday, Oct. 30, 2020
In this Aug. 27, 2019, file photo, actress Lori Loughlin departs federal court in Boston, after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Authorities say the “Full House” actress has reported to a federal prison in California to begin serving her two-month sentence for her role in the college admissions bribery scandal. The U.S. Attorney's office in Boston said Friday that Loughlin was being processed at the federal lockup in Dublin, California. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
BOSTON (AP) -- 

"Full House" actor Lori Loughlin has reported to a federal prison in California to begin serving her two-month sentence for her role in the college admissions bribery scandal, authorities said Friday.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Boston said Loughlin was being processed at the federal lockup in Dublin, California.

"The parties recently agreed that the defendant can report to prison on October 30, 2020, instead of on November 19, 2020. The defendant has further agreed that, during her two month sentence, she will not seek an early release from prison on COVID-related grounds," prosecutors said in a statement.

Under the Bureau of Prisons' coronavirus protocols, Loughlin will be screened and tested for COVID-19 and will be placed in quarantine for 14 days.

The low-security prison in Northern California houses 874 inmates and had two positive coronavirus cases among inmates, as of Friday morning, federal statistics show.

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  • Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020
"Run the World" creator Leigh Davenport
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- 

The new Starz comedy series Run the World has begun production in Harlem, and throughout New York City. The eight-episode, half-hour series is created by Leigh Davenport (The Perfect Find, Wendy Williams: The Hot Topic, BET’s Boomerang) who will executive produce with showrunner Yvette Lee Bowser (Living Single, black-ish, Lionsgate’s Dear White People). The series is produced by Lionsgate Television. (Starz is a Lionsgate company.)
 
Run the World is a love letter to Black women and a love letter to Harlem, that I hope inspires young, ambitious Black women to feel powerful, desirable and free,” said Davenport. “I created this series to celebrate the amazing women in my life and to illuminate the special bonds we built living in Harlem, while pursuing our post-collegiate dreams.”
 
Run the World is the latest STARZ series that illustrates the network’s commitment to More

  • Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020
This image shows the logo for the online channel OML on Revry, devoted to women in the LGBTQ community. The channel debuts Thursday as part of Revry, a digital platform that offers free, ad-supported LGBTQ programming. (OML on Revry via AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

An online channel devoted to women in the LGBTQ community is launching with shows including a pandemic-set romantic comedy and a paranormal drama.

The channel debuts Thursday as part of Revry, a digital platform that offers free, queer-focused programming, including the 24/7 Revry News channel.

"I'm overjoyed to offer a free, living and breathing space for queer female stories to be seen across the world," Revry co-founder LaShawn McGhee said in a statement.

The channel's name is OML on Revry, reflecting its roots in a venture called One More Lesbian when it was founded in 2009 to offer video fare representing lesbian lives.

Now called OML, it's become "a tentpole brand for the lesbian and queer female communities," McGhee said.

OML has expanded its female-driven content and outreach to a larger audience, a goal that will be enhanced by its partnership with Revry, OML founder Shirin Etessam said in a statement.

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  • Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020
This July 19, 2016 file photo shows the Google logo at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Italian regulators opened an investigation Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 into Google over alleged abuse of its dominant role in the country's online ad market, adding to the global scrutiny that the Silicon Valley company is facing. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
ROME (AP) -- 

Italian regulators opened an investigation Wednesday into Google over alleged abuse of its dominant role in the country's online ad market, adding to the global scrutiny that the Silicon Valley company is facing. 

The Italian Competition Authority said it suspects the U.S. tech giant of using the vast amounts of data it collects through its various services to prevent rivals in the digital advertising market from competing effectively. 

The watchdog said it carried out a joint inspection of Google's offices with Italian tax police on Tuesday. 

Italian authorities are focusing on the availability and use of data for display ads — the space that publishers and website owners make available to sell advertising content. 

The authority said Google allegedly used tracking elements that allowed its ad broker services "to achieve a targeting capability that some equally efficient competitors are unable to replicate." 

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  • Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020
Jay Bailey, VP of Entertainment Licensing at Veritone
COSTA MESA, Calif. -- 

CBS News has renewed its longstanding content licensing agreement with Veritone (Nasdaq: VERI). Veritone is a leading provider of digital content licensing services on behalf of the world’s premier sports entities, news organizations and user-generated content networks.

For more than 10 years, CBS News and Veritone have served as a valuable resource for television producers, filmmakers and content creators, providing access to millions of hours of both archival and breaking news content to the creative community. Under this new multi-year agreement, Veritone will increase the amount of CBS News footage available for creators to license and leverage, while also applying its proprietary AI technology--aiWARE™--to advance and accelerate the content search and discovery process. 

“We are incredibly proud of all that we have accomplished in our decade of working with CBS News, and are excited to renew our agreement and power the future of More

  • Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020
Budweiser's “The Future Official Sponsor” campaign from VaynerMedia
NEW YORK -- 

Clio Sports, the competition honoring creative excellence in sports marketing and advertising on a global scale, has unveiled winners of the coveted Grand, Gold, Silver and Bronze Clio Sports Awards for 2020.

VaynerMedia’s work for Budweiser was the year’s big winner, with a total of three Grand Clio Sports trophies. The agency’s “The Future Official Sponsor” campaign, which aimed to shrink the pay gap between women’s and men’s sports by way of increasing sponsorships for women’s soccer, earned top honors in Integrated Campaign, Partnerships, Social Media and Sponsorships & Collaborations.

“Budweiser’s Future Official campaign is important on so many levels,” said Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO of VaynerMedia. “It is an incredibly powerful business-to-business campaign that used consumers to drive it and, most importantly, it helped close the National Women’s Soccer League’s sponsorship gap. We’re thrilled to have helped our partners at More

  • Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020
In this July 31, 2014, file photo, visitors walk past a logo of Sony at Sony Building in Tokyo. Profit at Japanese electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. more than doubled in the last quarter on healthy gains in its video game sector, as people stayed home during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
TOKYO (AP) -- 

Profit at Japanese electronics and entertainment company Sony Corp. more than doubled in the last quarter on healthy gains in its video game sector, as people stayed home during the pandemic, the company said Wednesday.

Tokyo-based Sony reported a 459.6 billion yen ($4.4 billion) profit in July-September, up from 188 billion yen the previous year. Quarterly sales at the maker of the PlayStation game machines, Bravia TVs and Spider-Man movies inched down slightly to 2.1 trillion yen ($20 billion).

Sony raised its forecast for the full fiscal year to 800 billion yen ($7.7 billion) from an earlier 510 billion yen ($4.9 billion). 

Sony anticipates strong performance for its game division, which has the PlayStation 5 set to go on sale soon. But even its current model and its game software are doing well as the coronavirus pandemic has people around the world staying home. Sony sold 1.5 million PlayStation 4 machines in July-September.  More

  • Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020
Director Masaharu Take on the movie set of "Underdog." Take's films have always focused on painful stories about Japan’s "under-class," people who are often overlooked in a nation stereotyped as monolithically well-to-do. “Underdog” opens the Tokyo International Film Festival, which starts Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (2020 UNDERDOG FILM PARTNERS via AP)
TOKYO (AP) -- 

Masaharu Take's films have always focused on painful stories about Japan's "under-class," people who are often overlooked in a nation stereotyped as monolithically well-to-do. 

The heroes of his latest work, "Underdog," couldn't be more beaten down, stoically hardworking yet hopelessly under-class: They are boxers. 

"Most of them will lose. Most of them will never become champions," said Take, who is also directing the Netflix hit "The Naked Director." 

"I feel an adoration for those boxers, their strength, the courage that they have, that I don't have, and that's what I've been imagining and thinking about." 

Take, who loved Sylvester Stallone's "Rocky" and was profoundly influenced by "Raging Bull," directed by Martin Scorsese, scored success six years ago with "100 Yen Love," which also had boxing as a motif. It starred a clumsy introverted woman who finds purpose and pride, as well as physical fitness, through boxing.  More

  • Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020
Jon Stewart presents the Pat Tillman award for service on July 18, 2018, at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. Stewart will return to television as host of an Apple TV+ public affairs show, the streaming service said Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

Jon Stewart is returning to TV, more than five years after bowing out as host of "The Daily Show" and with a new home at Apple TV+.

Stewart will host an hour-long, current affairs series that will explore topics of national interest as well as his advocacy work, the streaming service said Tuesday. 

He has been a passionate supporter of military veterans and 9/11 first responders, last year pressing Congress to approve legislation to help the latter and their families. He and his wife, Tracey, are animal rights proponents.

The series is expected to debut in 2021 — so if Stewart wants to weigh in on a presidential race, as he relished doing on his long-running Comedy Central show, he'll have to wait until the 2024 contest. 

Each season of the show will have a companion podcast to "continue the discussion," Apple TV+ said. The platform also has a deal with Stewart and his production company that gives it first shot at other More

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