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In HBO Max’s new comedy “Hacks,” Jean Smart plays a role befitting of the showbiz legend that she is

Good comedies lighten life for a time. Great comedies like “Hacks” make you wish you could live in the world they create no matter how dispiriting they can be. Or maybe it’s a matter of its creators knowing the extraordinary talent they have in Jean Smart, lately the standout performer in any number of dramas  – “Watchmen,” “Legion,” “Mare of Easttown” come to mind the quickest.

Here she has top billing in a 10-episode show pitching her as Deborah Vance, a Las Vegas legend meant to recall Joan Rivers. Smart has plenty of experience in the comedy side of the business, having become a household name starring “Designing Women.” Younger viewers probably recall that less readily than her operatic turn on “24.”

In “Hacks” Smart to works all sides of the emotional spectrum, utterly plausible in her stand-up scenes and even better in the transitional

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Outside China, TikTok is testing in-app sale of products | Business and Economy News

Its efforts to duplicate in foreign markets the success of its hit Chinese-only cousin Douyin could pose a threat to Facebook.

ByteDance Ltd.’s TikTok is working with brands including streetwear label Hype to test in-app sales in Europe, a move that will intensify its competition with Facebook Inc. and further blur the line between social media and online shopping.

The popular video app is hoping to replicate abroad the success of its Chinese-only cousin Douyin, which racked up $26 billion of e-commerce transactions in just its first year of operation. TikTok has begun working with merchants in markets including the U.K. on ways they can sell products directly to millions of users within the app, people familiar with the matter say.

While TikTok has run promotional shopping campaigns in the past, the current trials are a precursor to a broader launch of a global e-commerce service. The prototype so far

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ByteDance eyes China’s $1.7 trillion e-commerce sector | Business and Economy News

Zhang Yiming built ByteDance Ltd. into the world’s most valuable private company via a string of blockbuster apps like TikTok that challenged Facebook and other incumbents on their own turf. His latest target: Alibaba.

The 38-year-old AI coding genius, searching for ByteDance’s next big act, has set his sights on China’s $1.7 trillion e-commerce arena. The co-founder has hired thousands of staff and roped in big-name sponsors like Xiaomi Corp. impresario Lei Jun to drive what he calls his next “major breakthrough” into global business — selling stuff to consumers via its addictive short videos and livestreams. That endeavor will test not just Zhang’s magic touch with app creation and ByteDance’s AI wizardry, but also investor reception ahead of one of the tech world’s most hotly anticipated IPOs.

His startup is already starting to make waves in an industry long controlled by Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and JD.com

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Top 10 Tampa Bay events for the week of May 3-9

Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival: Music Fest 2021: The 21st annual festival features entertainment by Joyce Irby and Klymaxx with Guitar G. Force (Saturday) and Sheila E. with Jonathan McReynolds (Sunday). Tickets are available for virtual and live viewing. Live tickets are sold in pairs to allow for social distancing. Masks are required and temperatures will be screened. Everyone entering is required to fill out a health survey, which will be e-mailed in advance. $20-$70. 1-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa.

Kansas: The group will perform fan favorites from the past four decades, including classics like Dust in the Wind and Carry on Wayward Son. Masks are required and the audience will be limited to 50 percent capacity. $72.75-$128.75. 8 p.m. Saturday. Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Tempt your taste buds at the Beer and Burger Throwdown in Safety Harbor Saturday.
Tempt your taste buds at the Beer and Burger Throwdown in Safety
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Roku’s Streambar falls to $100 on HSN

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Roku’s Streambar is not only a solid choice to upgrade your TV’s sound, it gives you a Bluetooth speaker and 4K HDR streaming tool at the same time. Now, you can pick one up at the Home Shopping Network (HSN) for $100, a considerable $30 discount and one of the best prices we’ve seen yet.

Buy Roku Streambar at HSN – $100

The Streambar scored a solid 86 in our review, thanks to the pleasing, smallish design, good sound quality and relatively easy TV setup with the necessary HDMI cable included. Just doing that will give your older TV an immediate sound upgrade, with Dolby Audio included, in all of about

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17 Product Picks From Drugstore Mascara To Department Store Finds

When it comes to beauty products, there is SO much out there. Picking the best of the best can be overwhelming with so many choices, so we turned to some of our favorite beauty gurus and makeup-loving friends for their personal recommendations.

The best part is that we have picks that cost as little as $7.95 (spoiler alert: that one got the most votes!) and splurge options for as much as $32 — so whether you’re on a budget or looking to treat yourself, there’s something for everyone.

Best Drugstore Mascara ($)

4 votes: Rach’s makeup artist Joe Simon, Rachael Ray Show hairstylist Carrie Minchin, Rachael Ray Show makeup artist Robin Hamilton, style and beauty guru Gretta Monahan

1 vote: makeup artist Ashlee Glazer

1 vote: Rach’s stylist Cara Jammet

1 vote: celebrity hairdresser Ted Gibson

Best Mascara Sold at Department & Beauty Stores ($$)

1 vote: style expert

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