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Today β€” September 18th 2020Your RSS feeds

Trump Admin to Ban TikTok, WeChat From U.S. App Stores

By Ana Swanson

The Trump administration issued new rules Friday morning that will cripple the operation of two popular Chinese-owned apps in the United States.

Discovery Ultra launches in Russia

By Chris Dziadul

Discovery’s first-ever linear Ultra HD channel has been launched today (September 18) in Russia by Media Alliance and MTS.

Known as Discovery Ultra, it is on air for 24-hours daily and is available to MTS satellite, cable and mobile TV subscribers in the basic package, as well as IPTV customers, except in Moscow and Moscow region. Around 80% of the channel’s content is produced in native HD and the plan is to increase this to 100% in the near future.

Commenting on the channel’s launch, Grigory Lavrov, general director of Media Alliance, said: “Ultra HD television is the next generation of television. Today, more and more 4K TVs are sold in Russia, while there is still very little native UHD content. We consider this niche promising and are launching our second ultra-high definition channel, following the sports Eurosport 4K. It is sports and educational and entertainment content that, in my opinion, look the most advantageous in 4K. Epic footage and inspiring video sequences have always been one of the competitive advantages of the Discovery channel, and now viewers have the opportunity to experience an even greater effect of presence.

“We are grateful to our partners from MTS, together with whom we did a great job to make this launch possible. This is another serious step in the development of our strategic cooperation”.

Alexey Ivanov, COO of MTS Media, added: “The modernisation of the TV channel plan is one of the key points of the development strategy of the TV segment of MTS. Within the framework of this direction, it becomes more and more important to expand both the genre and content content, and the image quality. Strengthening our offer with a new Ultra HD channel is a logical step along this path, and we are confident that our subscribers will appreciate the interesting content of the Discovery channel in modern TV picture quality”.

5 Art Accounts to Follow on Instagram Now

By Will Heinrich

Wearable cookies, rooftop poets and life in the breakaway region of Abkhazia: Here are some of the Instagram accounts brightening our art critic’s daily feed.

Yesterday β€” September 17th 2020Your RSS feeds

Martha Stewart, Blissed Out on CBD, Is Doing Just Fine

By Sheila Marikar

America’s foremost domestic goddess was well prepared for many months spent at home.

Backlash Grows to TikTok-Oracle Deal

By Ana Swanson, David McCabe and Lauren Hirsch

Senate Republicans and others criticized the latest plan to allow TikTok to continue operating in the United States, citing national security concerns.

Facebook and Instagram Flag Tucker Carlson Coronavirus Posts

By Tiffany Hsu

The social media platforms warn viewers that the Fox News host’s interview with a Chinese virologist contained “false information” about Covid-19.

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Former Parody Account Was Early in Spreading False Rumors on Fires

By Kate Conger

The rumors have overwhelmed local law enforcement agencies, leading them to plead with the public to verify information before sharing it.

U.S. Orders Al Jazeera Affiliate to Register as Foreign Agent

By Marc Tracy and Lara Jakes

The Justice Department says AJ+, a media outlet backed by the royal family of Qatar, engages in “political activities.”

MPs, business leaders and children: some 700 Dutch names are included on Chinese database

By robin
The names of 700 Dutch nationals, including politicians and their family members, businessmen and royalty, are in a database put...

Trump pressed on why he took 'foot off the gas' on COVID response

By Charles Creitz

President Trump participated in a televised town hall event in Philadelphia on Tuesday, pushing back at an undecided voter who claimed he "took his foot off the gas" on coronavirus mitigation, and another questioner who said he "downplayed" the severity of the coronavirus in the early days of the pandemic.