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6 Key Ways to Foster Intimacy through Online Entertainment

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It can be difficult to feel close and intimate with our partners or friends due to the physical distance that often separates us. To bridge this gap, we might turn to online entertainment to share an experience virtually. Unfortunately, these activities can sometimes come up short when it comes to bringing two people closer together. However, there are several steps you can take to ensure that your online entertainment experiences foster meaningful connections with those you care about. 

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Ad Wars ,Gannett the Owner of the Bergen Record Sues Google

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Ridgewood NJ, Gannett the owner of Northjersey.com (the Bergen Record) and the largest newspaper publisher in the US, filed a federal lawsuit against Google and its parent company, Alphabet. Gannett claims the tech giant is violating antitrust laws by holding a monopoly over the digital advertising business and controlling how publishers buy and sell ads online, leading to less revenue for publishers and Google’s ad rivals.

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Gordon Ramsay Seen Filming “Kitchen Nightmares” in Dumont

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Dumont Nj, temperamental celebrity Chief Gordon Ramsay is filming”Kitchen Nightmares” in New Jersey. “Kitchen Nightmares” first aired on September 19, 2007. The reality show in which Gordon Ramsay was invited by failing restaurants to come in and turn them around called it quits in 2014 after 7 seasons and 92 episodes.

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47% TikTok Users Would Rather Be Spied on by the Chinese Government than Lose TikTok

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Helena Montana , at that time, the United States, India, and some other countries had considered or implemented bans or restrictions on TikTok due to concerns over data privacy and national security.

Montana governor Greg Gianforte banned TikTok in the state, citing fears of the “Chinese Communist Party.”

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Reading is On the Rise

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Ridgewood NJ, Bloomsbury, the book publisher behind the Harry Potter series, just raised its revenue expectations for its latest financial year to £260m, up from the previously expected £243m. That’s some 40% higher than the company managed just 2 years ago.

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Bill Introduced to Implement Comprehensive Ban of TikTok on All State Devices

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Trenton NJ, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and John Catalano (all R-Ocean) introduced legislation yesterday to ban TikTok on all State government devices. The bill was announced by the legislators last month amid rising concerns about cybersecurity risks associated with the social media platform raised by the FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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Village of Ridgewood Jumps into the TikTok Ban Debate

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Ridgewood NJ, according to the Wall Street Journal ,one of the earliest public debates about blacklisting TikTok in the U.S. isn’t taking place in Washington. It is happening in South Dakota’s second-most populous city. The Rapid City council on Tuesday will consider a proposal to ban TikTok (TikTok has 1 billion monthly active users.) from city-owned devices and networks, and to prohibit city agencies from using the app. Championing the idea is a councilman—and potential mayoral candidate—who calls TikTok a security threat.

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TikTok’s Chinese Parent Company ByteDance Reportedly Accessed US Journalists’ data

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Ridgewood NJ, ByteDance employees accessed TikTok data for two US journalists and others connected to them. At least two of those employees were based in China and two were working from the US. The data was used during an investigation into internal leaks. TikTok has not indicated whether the data was accessed before or after the company started to route US user data through Oracle. Several senators are working on legislation that would ban TikTok in the US.

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FCC Commissioner Accuses TikTok of being a Chinese Surveillance Tool

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Ridgewood NJ, US FCC commissioner Brendan Carr has asked Apple and Google to remove TikTok from their app stores. The video app is owned by Chinese company ByteDance. Carr claims that TikTok functions as a surveillance tool that harvests extensive amounts of personal and sensitive data from US citizens. TikTok says its data access approval process is overseen by a US-based security team and that data is only accessed on an as-needed basis under strict controls.

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New Jersey’s Acting Attorney General Called Out for Ignoring Calls to Protect Children on Social Media Platforms

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Trenton NJ, Forty-four states’ and territories’ Attorneys General recently called on social media giants TikTok and Snapchat to collaborate with parental control applications so fathers, mothers and guardians can monitor their children’s social media usage on those platforms.

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Westwood Police Department Investigates TikTok based “Orbeez Challenge” Incident

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Westwood NJ, Westwood Police Department comments on an alarming trend on TikTok known as the “Orbeez Challenge” and an investigation of an incident on March 18th:

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New Jersey AG Co-Leading Multistate Investigation into TikTok’s Potential Harms to Minors

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Ridgewood NJ, Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin announced today that New Jersey is co-leading a multistate investigation into whether the social media platform TikTok is violating state consumer protection laws by inducing young people to use the platform in ways that are potentially damaging and putting them at risk of mental and physical harm.

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Bergen Schools Taking TikTok Threat Seriously

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River Vale NJ, State Senator Holly Schepisi posted the following caution on a disturbing trend has emerged on TikTok which is being viewed as a ‘national threat’ of violence to schools on Facebook :

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Dispute between the USA and China: TikTok Sale Deal

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The video app Tiktok may remain now nevertheless on the US market. The future of the video app Tiktok in the US seems to be secured after President Donald Trump approved a deal between the Chinese owner Bytedance and US companies. Tiktok’s global business will be transferred to a new company based in the US, “probably in Texas,” Trump said. The Department of Commerce postponed the download stop for the App in the USA, which should take effect for users starting Monday, by one week.  4besnews Trump had called Tiktok a security risk, because the App belongs to the Chinese Bytedance company. In his view, Chinese authorities could have used the app to obtain data from Americans. Following this reasoning, he laid the foundation for the removal of the app in the USA with two orders. According to the deal that has now been finalized, the software company Oracle is to process all data of US users and take care of the corresponding technical systems. F9news In addition it became so far only officially admits that Oracle before an initial public offer of Tiktok Global is to take over a portion of 12,5 per cent of the company and the supermarket giant Walmart will hold 7,5 per cent.

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Commerce Department Prohibits WeChat and TikTok Transactions to Protect the National Security of the United States

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WASHINGTON DC,  In response to President Trump’s Executive Orders signed August 6, 2020, the Department of Commerce announced prohibitions on transactions relating to mobile applications (apps) WeChat and TikTok to safeguard the national security of the United States. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has demonstrated the means and motives to use these apps to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and the economy of the U.S. Today’s announced prohibitions, when combined, protect users in the U.S. by eliminating access to these applications and significantly reducing their functionality.

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