TikTok inks multi-year licensing deal with Dutch collecting Society Buma/Stemra

TikTok has signed a multi-year deal with Dutch Collecting Society Buma/Stemra, securing royalty payments for the songwriters, composers and publishers represented by the organization.

The agreement follows last month’s news of TikTok’s 100 million monthly active user milestone in Europe in addition to a similar number in the United States.

As part of the deal, according a press statement, TikTok will work with Buma/Stemra’s members to deepen their “understanding of the platform and the opportunities it presents to those creating and also performing music”.

Buma/Stemra’s members include Dutch EDM stars and TikTok users such as Fedde Le Grand and Tiësto, as well as Martin Garrix, whose hit Ocean featuring Khalid has been used in over 1.4m video creations and Summer Days the soundtrack to 1.2m creations.

In addition, prominent Dutch artists, songwriters and producers Kris Kross Amsterdam, Broederliefde, Duncan Laurence, Sam Feldt, Quintino and Nicky Romero also use the platform.

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U.S. government signs deal to make more COVID-19 vaccine components

(Reuters) – The U.S. government has entered an agreement with life sciences company Cytiva, a unit of Danaher Corp, to expand the manufacturing of products needed to make COVID-19 vaccines, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said on Tuesday.



a close up of a bottle: FILE PHOTO: Small bottles labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe are seen in this illustration


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FILE PHOTO: Small bottles labeled with a “Vaccine COVID-19” sticker and a medical syringe are seen in this illustration

Under the deal, Cytiva will receive about $31 million to scale up manufacturing of vaccine-related products, including cell cultures and hardware such as bioreactors used for the culturing of cells and antibodies.

The grant will help the company ramp up the manufacturing capabilities of its Massachusetts and Utah facilities.

The U.S. government has till date agreed to pay more than $1.1 billion to purchase needles, syringes, vials and supply kits, as well as expand manufacturing capacity for COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics in the United States, the

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Dear Annie: I don’t know how to deal with my daughter-in-law’s accusations

Dear Annie: My son and daughter-in-law have been married for about three years. She used to be a very nice girl when dating my son. When they told me they were getting married, it was just so that she could be put on my son’s health insurance because she couldn’t work anymore. I was still happy. She sold her house and moved into his house.

I live five hours away, so when I visit, I usually stay four days and play with my granddaughter, who is 9 years old. I was kidding around one day when my son was leaving for work and I said, “Aren’t you going to kiss your wife goodbye?” She yelled, “We don’t have that kind of relationship!” I quickly shut my mouth.

When I used to go down, I would ask if I could take my granddaughter for a walk, but now she always says

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Israeli government approves normalization deal with U.A.E.

The Israeli government unanimously approved the country’s recently signed normalization agreement with the United Arab Emirates on Monday ahead of a ratification vote by parliament.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement following his weekly cabinet meeting that he spoke over the weekend with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

“We talked about co-operations that we are advancing — in investment, tourism, energy, technology and other fields,” Netanyahu told the cabinet, with Israeli and Emirati flags flanking the conference table. “We will also co-operate and are already co-operating in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.”

Sheikh Mohammed, the U.A.E.’s day-to-day ruler, separately tweeted confirmation of the call Monday, saying they discussed “prospects for peace and the need for stability, co-operation and development in the region.”

Netanyahu’s office said it was the first conversation between the two leaders since the Sept. 15 signing ceremony on the

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Israeli government approves normalization deal with UAE

The Israeli government has unanimously approved the country’s recently signed normalization agreement with the United Arab Emirates ahead of ratification by parliament

JERUSALEM — The Israeli government unanimously approved the country’s recently signed normalization agreement with the United Arab Emirates on Monday ahead of a ratification vote by parliament.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement following his weekly Cabinet meeting that he spoke over the weekend with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

“We talked about co-operations that we are advancing — in investment, tourism, energy, technology and other fields,” Netanyahu told the Cabinet, with Israeli and Emirati flags flanking the conference table. “We will also cooperate and are already cooperating in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.”

Sheikh Mohammed, the UAE’s

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POLITICO Playbook PM: A Covid relief deal looks likelier than ever. A law, not so much

THE HUMAN YO-YO HAS BOUNCED BACK UP: President DONALD TRUMP now desperately wants a Covid relief deal, and his White House seems to be trying to make it happen for him.

BUT Senate Majority Leader MITCH MCCONNELL said today in Kentucky he thinks it is very unlikely something will get done in the next three weeks — and that explains the tension here.

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS and Hill sources tell us that they plan to work through this weekend, all next week and possibly next weekend to get a deal.

WHO KNOWS WHY TRUMP WANTS THIS. He may want noise to fill the silence. Maybe he wants a bump in the stock market. We’re not mood readers or psychiatrists or psychics. This

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Did El Salvador’s government make a deal with gangs?

El Salvador's government wants to show it has not given any special treatment to gang members
El Salvador’s government wants to show it has not given any special treatment to gang members

El Salvador’s jailed gang members will see “not one ray of sunshine”, said the country’s prisons director, Orisis Luna Meza, in April.

He was describing the latest phase in the government’s hard-line security policy, the “Plan for Territorial Control”, which imposed stricter, more inhumane conditions in the country’s maximum-security prisons.

Natural light would be shut out from the inmates’ cells, family visits were banned and prisoners from two rival gangs – the MS-13 and Barrio 18 – would be housed together, mortal enemies living cheek-by-jowl in the heavily overcrowded cells.

Images of hundreds of half-naked, shaven-headed prisoners shackled together in the prison yards amid a worsening coronavirus outbreak sparked outrage among international human rights groups.

‘Show me one privilege’

Today, the government is not concealing the appalling state of its prisons but showing them

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EU launches legal action against UK for breaching Brexit deal and international law | World

Since the UK government has not pulled this legislation, the Commission has written a letter of formal notice to the UK government, the first step in an infringement procedure — something the EU commonly uses when parties breach agreements with the union.

“The letter invites the UK government to send its observations within a month and besides this the Commission will continue to work hard towards full and timely implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement. We stand by our commitments,” von der Leyen concluded.

The move, though dramatic, was expected in London. The government had previously admitted that its Internal Market Bill would breach the treaty and break international law in a “very specific and limited way.” The government claims that the bill is a safety net to ensure seamless trade between the four nations of the United Kingdom in the event of a no deal Brexit at the end of

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EU takes legal action against Britain over U.K. bill that violates Brexit deal, international law

“The heat’s on Donald Trump” after last night’s “We Miss America pageant” in Cleveland, Jimmy Kimmel said on Wednesday’s Kimmel Live. “There were quite a few TV news people who were like, ‘I’ve never seen anything like this,'” he shrugged, but “I’ve been seeing this almost every day for about four years now.”

“Maybe the most egregious lie Trump told is when he said Joe Biden played more golf than he does — Phil Mickelson doesn’t play more golf than he does,” Kimmel said. “Trump attacked Biden’s family” and “refused to commit to accepting the results of the election,” but his lowest moment was “when specifically asked to condemn white supremacy, he wouldn’t.”

“The only thing he avoids more than condemning white supremacists is paying taxes,” Trevor Noah said at The Daily Show. “If you see someone making the same ‘mistake’ over and over again, at some point

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Government Will Quash Oracle’s TikTok Deal If Security Requirements Not Met

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday that the government will shut down the TikTok app if its presumptive lead strategic investor, Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), does not enact stricter standards for the video-sharing app’s security.

One of the key demands from the government is that the code for the app is held within our borders. “All of the code will have to be in the United States. Oracle will be responsible for rebuilding the code, sanitizing the code, making sure it’s safe in their cloud, and … it’ll satisfy all of our requirements,” said Mnuchin in remarks made during a CNBC investor conference.

Under pressure from U.S. authorities to divest TikTok, the app’s owner — China-based ByteDance — reached a deal earlier this month for Oracle to buy a 12.5% stake in the business. Walmart (NYSE:WMT) will subsequently purchase a 7.5% TikTok stake.

Those holdings, combined with the 40% of ByteDance owned

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