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  • Friday, Jul. 24, 2020
Volunteers with the Blue Sky Rescue team perform disinfecting of a cinema before it reopens for business in Beijing Friday, July 24, 2020. Theaters in China, the world's second largest movie market, this week reopened from the coronavirus shut down with theaters limited to 30% capacity. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
BEIJING (AP) -- 

Beijing partially reopened movie theaters Friday as the threat from the coronavirus continues to recede in China's capital. 

Cinemas in parts of the city deemed at low risk of cross-infection began admitting moviegoers under social distancing rules. Tickets must be booked in advance, attendance is capped at 30% of capacity and no eating or drinking is allowed during the show. 

As with most venues in China, a temperature check and online travel record were required for entry. Cinemas have been closed for around six months but began reopening this week in major cities throughout the country. 

China reported just 21 new virus cases on Friday, six of them imported, with the rest in the Xinjiang region and Jilin province. Beijing has gone more than two weeks without any cases of local transmission, spurring authorities to lift many restrictions on activities. 

Tickets at Poly International Cinema's branch near Tiananmen Square More

  • Thursday, Jul. 23, 2020
This file photo combo shows the AT&T logo on the side of a corporate office in Springfield, Ill., left, and a DirecTV satellite dish atop a home in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/File)

The coronavirus sapped $2.8 billion in revenue from AT&T in its most recent quarter, mostly in its WarnerMedia TV and film division. Its satellite TV business, DirecTV, continued to bleed customers.

"I expect we're going to be dealing with some of these economic challenges in the COVID environment as we move forward here," said AT&T CEO John Stankey said during a call with analysts Thursday. 

WarnerMedia revenue fell 23% to $6.8 billion due to a pullback by TV advertisers, particularly as there were no live sports, and movie theaters closed.

Hollywood shut down production due to the pandemic, delaying movie releases and series for both traditional TV and streaming services. Stankey said the company hopes to resume film and TV production next month. 

The company is hoping to navigate the shift to online video with its HBO Max service, which launched in late May. AT&T said it had 3 million people sign up with the $ More

  • Thursday, Jul. 23, 2020
Leslie Jones
NOHO ARTS DISTRICT, Calif. -- 

The Television Academy announced that Leslie Jones, star of Supermarket Sweep on ABC, has been tapped to host the announcement of the 72nd Emmy® Awards nominations on Tuesday, July 28, at 8:30 a.m. PT/11:30 a.m. ET. Presenters for the event, which will be streamed live on emmys.com, include Laverne Cox, Josh Gad and Tatiana Maslany.

The ceremony has been reimagined as a virtual event this year due to production restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Television has played an integral role in navigating these unprecedented times and has brought us together as we remain apart,” said Frank Scherma, Television Academy chairman and CEO. “We are honored to have these groundbreaking actors, producers and comedians announce this year’s Emmy nominees—whose extraordinary work has been vital to the evolution of the television landscape this season.”

Jones is a two-time, Emmy-nominated actress, comedian and host of ABC’s More

  • Thursday, Jul. 23, 2020
Author Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks during the Celebration of the Life of Toni Morrison, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, in New York. A stage production of Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Between the World and Me," his prize winning book about racism and police violence against Blacks, is being adapted by HBO for a special this fall. HBO announced Thursday that the program will feature readings from Coates' book and will be directed by Apollo Theater Executive Producer Kamila Forbes. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

A stage production of Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Between the World and Me," his prize winning book about racism and police violence, is being adapted by HBO for a special this fall. 

HBO announced Thursday that the program will feature readings from "Between the World and Me" and will be directed by Apollo Theater Executive Producer Kamilah Forbes, who handled the stage show in 2018 at the celebrated performance center in Harlem. 

"I've been working with Kamilah for almost as long as I've been a writer," Coates said in a statement. "I can think of no one better to put 'Between the World and Me' on screen and no better home for it than HBO."

Coates' book, published in 2015, is structured as an open letter to his adolescent son about what to expect as a Black person living in the United States. "Between the World and Me" was a bestseller that won the National Book Award and received new attention this summer when the Black Lives Matter More

  • Thursday, Jul. 23, 2020
This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
LONDON (AP) -- 

The global pandemic and U.S. protests are forcing a pullback by advertisers on Twitter, but it's also led to an unprecedented surge of users. 

Average daily user growth spiked 34% in the second quarter, the company said Thursday, the largest jump in users ever recorded by the company. 

In an earnings call, CEO Jack Dorsey addressed an embarrassing hacking incident last week that compromised the accounts of high profile users, saying he felt "terrible" about it. 

Shares of Twitter bounced 6% higher. 

But the company took a huge tax hit to earnings, posting a net loss of $1.2 billion, or $1.56 per share, in the April-June period, compared with profit of $1.1 billion, or $1.43 per share, a year earlier. 

Revenue fell by about a fifth to $683 million, far short of the $702 million Wall Street had expected, according to a survey of analysts by FactSet. 

Twitter's advertising business was hit harder than its larger More

  • Thursday, Jul. 23, 2020
In this Thursday, March 15, 2018 file photo, the logo for Unilever appears above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Consumer products giant Unilever, said Thursday July 23, 2020, that second-quarter sales were only slightly lower than the same period a year ago despite the lockdown measures triggered by the global fight against the coronavirus.(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- 

Consumer products giant Unilever, whose brands include Ben & Jerry's ice creams, Lipton tea and Dove soaps, said Thursday that second-quarter sales were only slightly lower than the same period a year ago — beating expectations of a drop of around 4% — despite the lockdown measures triggered by the global fight against the coronavirus.

CEO Alan Jope said the Anglo-Dutch company had "unlocked new levels of agility in responding to unprecedented fluctuations in demand."

The company's shares jumped more than 8% on the news.

Unilever's results provide a snapshot of how consumer behavior has been altered by the global pandemic - shoppers bought more food and drink to consume at home rather than visiting restaurants and cleaned their homes and hands more while spending less on personal grooming.

"Lockdowns in our markets and reduced personal care occasions amidst restricted living, led to lower demand for skin care, deodorants More

  • Wednesday, Jul. 22, 2020
In this May 7, 2018, file photo, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella looks on during a video as he delivers the keynote address at Build, the company's annual conference for software developers in Seattle. Microsoft says the coronavirus pandemic has increased demand for its flagship cloud computing and workplace productivity products as it reported quarterly earnings Wednesday, July 22, 2020, that beat Wall Street expectations. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- 

Microsoft said the coronavirus pandemic has increased demand for its flagship products, reporting quarterly earnings Wednesday that beat Wall Street expectations. 

The software giant said an ongoing trend of working and learning from home has fueled increased demand for its cloud computing services and workplace productivity products, such as email and video conferencing. 

But the pandemic has also slowed sales of those products to smaller businesses, and eaten into the advertising revenue that powers its LinkedIn career networking service. 

Microsoft on Wednesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $11.2 billion, or $1.46 per share, beating Wall Street expectations of $1.34 a share.

It posted revenue of $38 billion in the April-June period, up 13% from last year. Analysts had been looking for revenue of $36.5 billion, according to FactSet.

The company said its commercial cloud business surpassed $50 billion in More

  • Wednesday, Jul. 22, 2020
In this July 17, 2020, file photo, Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee President Yoshiro Mori speaks during a press conference in Tokyo. Mori says the delayed games could not be held next year if conditions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic continue as they are. In an interview aired Wednesday, July 22, with Japanese broadcaster NHK, Mori said he was hopeful the situation would improve and suggested a vaccine was the key.(Kyodo News via AP, File)/Kyodo News via AP)
TOKYO (AP) -- 

The delayed Tokyo Olympics could not be held next year if conditions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic continue as they are, the president of the organizing committee said Wednesday.

In an interview with Japanese broadcaster NHK, Yoshiro Mori said he was hopeful the situation would improve and suggested a vaccine was the key.

"If this kind of situation (with COVID-19) continues, is it possible to hold the games?" Mori was asked by NHK.

"If current situation continues, we couldn't," Mori replied, speaking in Japanese.

The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to open on July 23, 2021 — a year from Thursday. A small, 15-minute ceremony without fans is scheduled for Thursday at the new national stadium to mark the date.

The International Olympic Committee and Japanese organizers have repeatedly expressed confidence the games will take place, though they have offered few details on how they can happen in the middle of a pandemic More

  • Wednesday, Jul. 22, 2020
This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia. Twitter said Tuesday, July 21, 2020 it would crack down on accounts and content related to QAnon, the far-right U.S. conspiracy theory popular among supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump. The measures include banning accounts associated with QAnon content, as well as blocking URLs associated with it from being shared on the platform. Twitter also said that it would stop highlighting and recommending tweets associated with QAnon. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
HONG KONG (AP) -- 

Twitter says it is cracking down on accounts and content related to QAnon, the far-right U.S. conspiracy theory popular among supporters of President Donald Trump.

The measures include banning accounts associated with QAnon content, as well as blocking URLs associated with it from being shared on the platform. Twitter also said that it would stop highlighting and recommending tweets associated with QAnon.

"We've been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm," the company said in a tweet late Tuesday.

Accounts that are "engaged in violations of our multi-account policy, coordinating abuse around individual victims, or are attempting to evade a previous suspension" will be suspended permanently, Twitter said.

Over 7,000 accounts have been removed over the last few weeks for such violations, the company said in a statement. It also expects over 150,000 accounts More

  • Tuesday, Jul. 21, 2020
In this Monday, June 13, 2016, file photo, the LinkedIn logo appears on a screen at the post where it trades on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. LinkedIn is laying off nearly 1,000 employees, or approximately 6% of its global workforce, Tuesday, July 21, 2020, as a slowdown in hiring amid the coronavirus pandemic pressures its business.In a note to employees, CEO Ryan Roslansky said that the positions that will be eliminated are in its global sales and talent acquisition organizations. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

LinkedIn is laying off nearly 1,000 employees, approximately 6% of its workforce globally, with unemployment in the U.S. above 13% and national economies from Europe and Asia, to the Americas, shrinking due to the pandemic. 

The outbreak has disrupted commerce globally, closing thousands of businesses while forcing others to furlough large numbers of employees as they await a recovery. Hiring has slowed dramatically. The number of people applying for unemployment aid has remained stubbornly high in the past several weeks, a sign that many businesses are still shedding jobs and clouding the outlook for jobs. The overall U.S. unemployment rate in May was 13.3%, a decline from 14.7% in April, according to the Labor Department. 

In a note to employees at the professional networking site, CEO Ryan Roslansky said that the job cuts will hit global sales and hiring sections of the company. He said no further layoffs are planned. 

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