What TikTok’s Ban Means for Retail

With the U.S. Department of Commerce’s bombshell announcement on Friday, ordering app stores to remove ByteDance’s TikTok and Tencent’s WeChat on Sunday, it looks like time’s running out for the apps. And for the partners that rely on them.

The essential details in the latest techno-political drama: Current users won’t see the app disappear from their handsets, so they can still use them. But they won’t get software updates for new features, changes to the operating system or security enhancements. And new users won’t be able to download the apps at all.

In WeChat’s case, the move immediately prohibits transactions or “any provision of services through the WeChat mobile application for the purpose of transferring funds or processing payments within the U.S.,” according to the department. TikTok can continue to function until Nov. 20, a deadline set by President Trump for ByteDance to reach an acquisition deal. The Chinese company

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All your burning questions answered

Between coronavirus-caused production delays and a glut of new streaming platforms, the future of television is rife with uncertainty right now. But here’s one thing we do know for sure: The (awards) show will go on. The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards are scheduled to be handed out on Sept. 20, honoring pre-pandemic series like The Crown, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Schitt’s Creek, Succession and Watchmen.

But don’t expect to see the stars of all those shows in the same room. This year’s ceremony will be entirely remote, with the eventual winners accepting their statues from their homes. An all-virtual Emmys is a first for television, and you can bet that other awards shows — including the Golden Globes, the Grammys and the Oscars — will be watching closely should celebrity social distancing remain a necessity heading into 2021. You’re sure to have your own burning questions

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What Changed? Old Vs. New “Sonic the Hedgehog” Movie Designs

The gamers of yesteryear might find it difficult to believe that Sonic the Hedgehog is about to celebrate 20 years since its original SEGA Genesis release in 1991. Over the years, versions of the game have been released to other systems to keep players satisfied. Then Sonic went to Hollywood with an initial animated movie release in 1996 that brought the entire character list to life on the big screen. Fast forward to 2020 to catch the action-adventure-comedy remake of that film, and you’re basically caught up with the Sonic enterprise history lesson.

Side-by-side shots show the differences in
Side-by-side shots show the differences in

Of course, the most recent movie release also instigated a firestorm of chatter regarding the look of the titular character. After all, you shouldn’t mess with a classic, right? Or should you? That debate seems to be at the core of the endless stream of online comments aligned with the topic

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How Black Political Organizers Shored Up the Democratic Base


LaTosha Brown and Cliff Albright, front row, founded Black Voters Matter to mobilize communities across the South Credit – Melissa Golden—Redux for TIME

Long before the Iowa Caucus, before Joe Biden beat Bernie Sanders and COVID-19 cancelled canvassing, before the Biden-Harris ticket was a twinkle in Democrats’ eye, LaTosha Brown and Cliff Albright were crisscrossing the country to talk to Black voters about what was bothering them.

Last year Brown and Albright, the co-founders of a group called Black Voters Matter, took more than 20 road trips across battleground states, driving hours in a giant vehicle they dubbed “the blackest bus in America.” They weren’t stumping for a particular candidate or political agenda. They were on a larger mission: to restore Black voters’ faith in a democracy that so often seems to disregard them. They spoke about becoming “trusted messengers,” and restoring “credibility” to American democracy.

In August 2019,

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16 of the best puffer coats to shop this winter

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With the winter months just around the corner, everyone knows that the season’s hottest accessory is always a stylish and functional winter coat.

After all, when the snow starts to fall and the chilly winds pick up, our cool leather jackets just don’t stand a chance. Luckily, there’s a multitude of puffer coat options from the likes of Eddie Bauer, Triple Fat Goose and Uniqlo. With so many options available, we’ve cut through the clutter and rounded up 16 of the best puffer coats online that you can snag right now. Not only that, but we’ve highlighted what makes each style so great so you can pick a

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5 Super-Safe Growth Stocks Ripe for the Picking

With Mr. Market moving up, down and sideways over the last few days, there’s a growing feeling of uncertainty about investing in stocks. Things look even more uncertain when you consider that the elections are right around the corner. And the elections have always added to the uncertainty.

News has also started trickling in about retail sales that won’t track historical patterns. Black Friday won’t see the long lines we’re used to. There could still be the deals and promotions online, but without the throngs of people in the holiday spirit, filling the shops, restaurants and bars, it just won’t be the same thing.

The holiday season usually goes to retailers, but there are, understandably, many unknowns this year. So whatever you do right now, it’s best to tread with caution.

With that in mind, I’ve made safety the main criterion to pick a few stocks.

The first step in

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Where to Buy Cool, Affordable Artwork Online

You may have the best furniture, decor, and lighting around, but no room is truly complete without cool artwork. The good news? There’s plenty of unique artwork to be found if you know where to look. We’ve rounded up 17 of the best places to buy art online; across these sites you’ll find a wide range of art styles at every price point. Plus, you can buy from the comfort of your own home. Art has never been so accessible. Whether you want to buy graphic paintings, discover an up-and-comer, or invest in blue-chip pieces, the art you want is just a click away. 

Believe 1 No. 7 Framed Art Print by Black Pepper Paperie Co.

$50.00, Society6


For those who like to swap out their art on a regular basis, Society6’s assorted collection of whimsical, affordable prints is a great bet. Everything from cheeky sayings to watercolor

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30 personalized gift ideas for every type of person

Best personalized gifts 2020
Best personalized gifts 2020

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Spending so much time cooped up these days has really illuminated how much stuff we’re surrounded by at home. So this year, instead of gifting an item that may end up in the back of a closet, consider something personalized and truly unique—a gift too special to ignore. Your loved ones will appreciate the thought and care you took to customize a gift just for them. 

Custom photo gifts are always a great idea, but if you’re looking for something a little more out of the box, consider one of these top-rated finds. Whether it’s as small as a keychain, or as elaborate as sound waves etched into a guitar pick, these gifts are meant to be cherished for years to come. (Be sure to check shipping

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Valentino and Roberto Cavalli Make Top-Level Changes + More

Sept. 18, 2020: Valentino‘s general manager for the Middle East region has been promoted to the role of CEO of the Americas. Laurent Bergamo, whose appointment is effective immediately, will report to chief commercial officer Marco Giacometti. As part of his responsibilities, Bergamo will supervise the development of the luxury fashion house’s retail, wholesale and online distribution networks in the United States, Canada and Mexico. He has been replaced in his former post by Simone Bertolini.

Sept. 18, 2020: Gian Giacomo Ferraris is exiting his post as CEO of Roberto Cavalli. According to FN’s sister publication WWD, the exec announced the news to his team “with mixed feelings, which include some satisfaction, a bit of sadness and a few regrets.” Ferraris joined the company from Versace in 2016, succeeding Roberto Semerari. He departs the company at the end of the year.

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A 4th grade teacher has built her own, outdoor classroom amid COVID-19

A fourth grade teacher has built an outdoor classroom as her students return to in-person learning during the pandemic.

With help from her family, Lindsey Earle, of Prairie Hill Waldorf School in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, built a structure for the 13 students in her class.

“As we were discussing plans for returning and things looked a little doomsday-ish, I proposed an idea that we build our own classroom,” Earle told “Good Morning America.” “Because what we know about coronavirus, is it spreads less effectively outdoors.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says outdoor spaces are less risky when it comes to the spread of COVID-19. It may be more difficult to keep people apart indoors, and there’s less ventilation. The CDC recommends keeping six feet of space between you and others.

PHOTO: With help from her family, Lindsey Earle, of Prairie Hill Waldorf School in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, built an outdoor

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