Monday, November 30, 2020


US grants TikTok 7-day extension for sale of its US biz

WASHINGTON: The Donald Trump administration has granted China's ByteDance further seven-day extension to sell its short video-sharing platform TikTok's American business.

Snapchat launches Spotlight, to pay top creators $1mn a day

NEW DELHI:Taking on TikTok, Popular photo-messaging platform Snapchat on Monday officially released Spotlight where Snapchatters will also have the opportunity to earn like they do on the Chinese short-video making app.

TikTok expands parental controls, adds new search restrictions

SAN FRANCISCO:Chinese short-video making app TikTok has expanded a privacy feature where parents will have more options over what their children can see and restrict comments on their content.

TikTok granted 15-day extension to reach deal with US buyers

WASHINGTON: The US government has granted Chinese short-video making app TikTok a 15-day extension to reach a deal with American buyers, according to a federal court filing.

Facebook officially releases Reels, Shop tabs in Instagram

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Thursday announced two big changes to Instagram in the form of a Reels tab and a Shop tab.The Reels tab will make it easier for people to discover short, fun videos from creators all over the world. With Reels, one can record and edit 15-second multi-clip videos with audio, effects and new creative tools.

TikTok calls for review as deadline to sell US assets set to expire

SAN FRANCISCO: As the deadline for TikTok to sell its US assets expires on Thursday, the Chinese short-video making app has filed a petition in a US Court of Appeals, calling for a review of actions by the Trump administrations Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFUIS).

Now TikTok removes Republicans' videos claiming election fraud

SAN FRANSISCO:  Chinese short-video making app has joined the ongoing social media war with US President Trump who is declaring premature victories, saying it has pulled down videos spreading election misinformation from two Republican-supporting accounts -- The Republican Hype House and The Republican Boys.

TikTok inks new licensing deal with Sony Music

SAN FRANCISCO: Chinese short-video making app TikTok has announced a new licensing agreement with Sony Music Entertainment (SME).

TikTok gets another reprieve from US ban

SAN FRANCISCO:The Chinese short-video making app TikTok has got another reprieve from the ban imposed by the Donald Trump administration in the US.
A federal judge in Pennsylvania blocked the government from moving ahead with restrictions that would have effectively shut down the app from November 12, reports The Verge.
The ruling came from a lawsuit filed by three TikTok creators who were concerned that the ban would prevent them from earning a living.

TikTok teams up with Shopify to boost e-commerce

SAN FRANCISCO:Ahead of the online holiday shopping season, Shopify has entered into a global partnership with short video-sharing platform TikTok to make it easier for the e-commerce company's more than one million merchants to boost social commerce presence.

Official warns on kids' social media use after Indian-origin man's arrest

NEW YORK: A prosecutor has asked parents to monitor children's use of social media and gaming sites after the Indian-origin vice president of a financial firm and others were arrested in a sting operation against child sex in New Jersey.

Rawalpindi cops banned from posting on TikTok

RAWALPINDI:Police officers in Rawalpindi have been banned from posting on the short video-making app, TikTok, after a video went viral, the media reported on Tuesday.

TikTok to tell users why their videos were removed

NEW DELHI:Short video-making app TikTok has announced it will now tell users why their videos were removed from the platform.
The affected users will have an option to appeal the content removal.

TikTok purges 37.6mn troublesome videos from India

NEW DELHI: Chinese short video-making app TikTok purged more than 104.5 million videos from its platform in the first half of this year (the pre-ban period) for violating its community guidelines and majority were from India at 37.68 million.

With trade wars & conflicts, fabled China economy at risk

NEW DELHI:Chinese President Xi Jinping has been forced to acknowledge that his country's economic growth is facing a rising external risk and the export-driven model that established China as the factory for the world has run into rough weather.

Oracle, Walmart rescue TikTok in US with Trump's 'blessing'

SAN FRANCISCO:In a surprise move, Oracle and Walmart have come together to save TikTok from the ban, forming a new company called TikTok Global which will be headquartered in the US. President Donald Trump said he has given the deal his blessing.

TikTok rival Chingari claims 30 million downloads in 3 months

NEW DELHI: Short-video sharing platform Chingari on Monday claimed it has garnered more than 30 million organic users on its platform in just three months.
Within just 24 hours of the ban on TikTok and other Chinese apps in India, Chingari gained more than 3.5 million downloads.

TikTok says disappointed with US move to ban app from Sunday

SAN FRANCISCO:Video-sharing social networking platform TikTok said it felt disappointed with the decision announced by the US Commerce Department blocking the download and update of the company's popular application starting Sunday.

US stocks drop on dampened market sentiment

NEW YORK:US stocks continued to drop as market sentiment was dampened by mixed economic data and geopolitical concerns.

Short video app Chingari inks music licensing deal with T-Series

NEW DELHI:Homegrown short video-sharing platform Chingari which shot into popularity following the TikTok ban in June said on Friday that it has signed a music licensing agreement with T-Series.

Trump's WeChat 'ban' won't target users, says US govt

SAN FRANCISCO:WeChat users in the US can breathe a bit easy now as the Donald Trump administration has said in a court filing that the upcoming restrictions on the Chinese-owned messaging app would not target its users.

ShareChat acquires video production firm HPF Films

NEW DELHI: Home-grown social media group ShareChat on Wednesday said it had acquired HPF Films, a video production company specialised in digital content.

How ByteDance bypassed US ban, kept Tiktok secret sauce safe

NEW DELHI:  The most valuable asset for ByteDance is the intellectual property (IP) within TikTok and the China-based company has successfully offloaded geopolitics while keeping its secret codes safe by choosing Cloud major Oracle as its trusted tech partner.

TikTok ban won't affect employees salary payment, US says in filing

SAN FRANCISCO:  An executive order issued by the Donald Trump administration last month that prohibits any US transaction with TikTok's Chinese parent company, ByteDance, would not affect pay cheques of the employees, the government said in a court filing.

Oracle wins deal for TikTok US biz, Microsoft's bid rejected

SAN FRANCISCO: Bytedance, the Chinese owner of TikTok, has chosen Cloud major Oracle over Microsoft to run its US operations as a 'trusted tech partner', multiple media reports revealed on Monday while an official announcement was still awaited.

TikTok introduces its digital fashion month amid pandemic

SAN FRANCISCO: Chinese short-video-making app TikTok has partnered with luxury designers like Saint Laurent, JW Anderson, and Louis Vuitton to host its own digital fashion month at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the plans of major brands.

Trump won't extend deadline for TikTok biz sale in US

 WASHINGTON:US President Donald Trump has categorically said he will not extend the September 20 deadline for China-based ByteDance, the parent company of Tiktok, to sell the US business of the popular short video-making app or face the complete ban.

PUBG breaks ties with China-based Tencent for India operations

NEW DELHI:  PUBG Corporation on Tuesday said it has made the decision to no longer authorise the PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) Mobile franchise to China-based Tencent Games in India, opening the possibility of the ban being lifted.

Akshay Kumar unveils FAU-G as India's alternative to PUBG

TikTok's US deal talks refocus on core algorithms: Report

SAN FRANCISCO: China'a update of the technology export ban list last week appears to have already hit TikTok's US operations sale talks as it has triggered questions about the fate of its core algorithms, suggests a report from The Wall Street Journal.

Amid TikTok sale, another Chinese tech firm sells US operations

BEIJING/SAN FRANCISCO:As the Donald Trump administration has asked ByteDance to sell operations of its most popular short video platform TikTok in the US, a Chinese hotel management solutions provider has become another victim to sell its business in the country.

Rival social video app Triller makes $20bn bid for TikTok: Report

SAN FRANCISCO:Joining the race to buy TikTok, rival social video platform Triller has approached its China-based owner ByteDance directly with a $20 billion bid via London-based global investment firm Centricus, the media reported on Saturday.

TikTok deal a double-edged sword for US tech firms

NEW DELHI: In an interesting turn of events as far as TikTok in US in concerned, retail giant Walmart (and not its arch rival Amazon) which has no tech or social media product in its kitty has joined Microsoft to bid for the Chinese short-video making app. After the Cloud major Oracle, Walmart came as a second surprise contender in the race.

TikTok likely to announce sale of its US services soon: Report

SAN FRANCISCO:TikTok's parent ByteDance is negotiating with three companies including Microsoft and Oracle and a deal announcing the sale of its US operations is expected in the coming days, CNBC reported on Thursday.

Kevin Mayer quits as TikTok CEO amid political turmoil

NEW DELHI: In a significant development, TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer has quit the company amid the ongoing dispute with the Donald Trump administration and sale talks in the US and the India ban.

Experts call US ban against TikTok as wake-up call

LOS ANGELES:Some experienced US lawyers predict that TikTok hardly has the opportunity to win the lawsuit that the company has filed over the US government's executive order of banning any transaction with its parent company ByteDance, but the move is not unnecessary.

Google not in race to buy TikTok: Sundar Pichai

SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai has denied his company is in the race to acquire the Chinese short-video making app TikTok.

On the latest episode of podcast 'Pivot Schooled Live', the Recode's Kara Swisher and New York University Professor Scott Galloway asked Pichai whether the company is interested in acquiring TikTok.

TikTok files lawsuit against Trump administration's executive order

LOS ANGLES: Video-sharing social networking company TikTok filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over an executive order banning any US transactions with its parent company ByteDance.

TikTok inks first music distribution deal with UnitedMasters

SAN FRANCISCO:Amid uncertainties surrounding its business in the US, TikTok has signed a deal which makes UnitedMasters, the first music distribution company to be integrated into the short video-sharing platform.

Instagram Reels emerges top choice in Tik Tok's absence in India

NEW DELHI:After the departure of Tik Tok, Instagram Reels has become the most popular app for young Indians as seven in 10 (18-29 age group) said they would like to use Reels as a platform for video sharing, a new report said on Tuesday.