– The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Ed Sheeran were among some 1,500 musicians who called on Thursday for the British government to help the live music business survive the coronavirus epidemic. “The future for concerts and festivals and the hundreds of thousands of people who work in them looks bleak,” the musicians wrote in an open letter to British Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden. “Until these businesses can operate again, which is likely to be…"‘Help!’ cry British musicians, warning of crisis in live music industry"
WASHINGTON – The chief executives of the four U.S. tech giants — Amazon.com, Facebook, Alphabet’s Google and Apple — will testify before the U.S. Congress in late July as part of an ongoing antitrust probe into the companies, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai of Google and Apple’s Tim Cook will appear as part of the probe by the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s antitrust…"U.S. tech chief executives expected to testify before House panel in late July"
MEXICO CITY – Mexican first lady Beatriz Gutierrez sparked an uproar on social media on Wednesday with a Twitter comment widely viewed as insensitive when she swatted away a question about what she was doing to help parents of children with cancer. Gutierrez published a celebratory post on the two-year anniversary of the election victory of her husband President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in July 2018. Responding to her post, Twitter user Jose David Guerra…"Mexico’s first lady stirs Twitter storm with comment on kids with cancer"
– U.S. legislation aimed at stopping online child sexual abuse material is likely to be amended to address concerns of platforms like Google and Facebook that the proposed law goes too far to weaken privacy protections for ordinary users, according to a draft of the bill seen by . Tech companies, currently protected from lawsuits over content posted by users, feared the original bill would hurt their ability to offer protections like end-to-end encryption. That…"U.S. senator to change anti-child porn bill over Google, Facebook encryption concerns: draft"
NEW YORK – Comcast Corp’s NBCUniversal has struck a deal with ViacomCBS Inc to bring “The Godfather” trilogy, “Undercover Boss” and other hit franchises to the upcoming Peacock streaming video platform, the companies announced on Wednesday. Peacock, set to launch nationally on July 15 on mobile devices, Web and connected television platforms, will compete against Netflix Inc, Amazon.com Inc Prime Video, Walt Disney Co’s Disney+, Hulu, and AT&T Inc’s HBO Max in the fight for…"NBCU’s Peacock strikes deal with ViacomCBS to stream ‘The Godfather’ and others"
MUMBAI – Geetha Sridhar never used to enter her kitchen in Mumbai without her smartphone. The 54-year-old homemaker used to post dozens of short videos daily on the Chinese video app TikTok, mostly of herself cooking traditional recipes. With 1 million TikTok followers, she earned an average 50,000 rupees ($662) a month from companies who paid her to use their products. For thousands of Indian content creators like Sridhar, TikTok was a window into fame…"India’s TikTok stars feel pained by government app ban"
KOBLENZ, Germany – Forty-nine faceless figures stand on the lawn outside a German courthouse, facing the windows of a courtroom behind which two suspected members of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s security services are standing trial for torture and sexual assault. The figures, part of an art installation called The Muted Demonstration, are wearing jeans, shirts and jackets that formerly belonged to victims of torture, their creator, Syrian artist Khaled Barakeh, told on Wednesday. They stand…"Syrian artist’s Silent Demonstration watches over German war crimes trial"
NEW YORK – Five years after taking Broadway by storm with its multi-racial, hip-hop take on America’s founding fathers, “Hamilton” arrives in millions of homes around the world on Friday as a film. Shot over three days in 2016 at the stage musical featuring the original cast, the film lands on the Disney+ streaming service as America celebrates Independence Day weekend. For creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, it’s a chance to connect with people at…"Musical ‘Hamilton’ goes from Broadway to America’s living rooms"
LONDON – Composer Max Richter’s new album “Voices” features narrators reading parts of the 70-year-old Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which he believes can stir hope in a world where we “lurch from crisis to crisis”. His piece starts with the voice of Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945, who was instrumental in setting up the Declaration in 1948 after World War Two. Roosevelt explains the Declaration is “for…"Universal Declaration of Human Rights inspires musical work, ‘Voices’"
LOS ANGELES – Kanye West received both plaudits and criticism on Tuesday when he released a powerful new single about racism and faith a day after congratulating his wife Kim Kardashian on what he said was her billionaire status. West was slammed on social media for touting his family’s wealth in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic that has seen more than 36 million Americans lose their jobs. Hours later, he released the emotional single…"Kanye West praised for new single on racism, slammed for ‘billionaire’ tweet"