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The crowd goes wild for Yiming

The crowd goes wild for Yiming There’s no shortage of TikTok coverage in the news today as the app’s fate in the U.S. hangs in the air. What the press doesn’t always address is how TikTok gets here — how did a Chinese startup seize the lucrative short-video market in the West […]

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Netflix’s latest experiment is a TikTok-like feed of funny videos

Netflix’s latest experiment is a TikTok-like feed of funny videos Netflix already borrowed the concept of short-form video “Stories” from social apps like Snapchat and Instagram for its Previews feature back in 2018. Now, the company is looking to the full-screen vertical video feed, popularized by TikTok, for further inspiration. With its […]

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L’Oréal rolls out a line of ‘virtual makeup’

L’Oréal rolls out a line of ‘virtual makeup’ Selfie filters have improved immensely over the past several years, but companies on the forefront of the tech see plenty of room to grow. The cosmetics world has seen some rapid change in the past several years as makeup has proven particularly ripe for […]

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Twitter brings its Stories feature, Fleets, to Japan

Twitter brings its Stories feature, Fleets, to Japan Twitter’s own version of Stories, which it calls “Fleets,” have arrived in Japan. The new feature allows users to post ephemeral content that automatically disappears after 24 hours. Though Fleets previously launched in Brazil, India, Italy, and South Korea, Japan is notably Twitter’s second […]

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TikTok takes down election misinformation aimed at younger users

TikTok takes down election misinformation aimed at younger users TikTok confirmed today it has taken down videos spreading election misinformation that had been posted to two high-profile Republican-supporting accounts, The Republican Hype House and The Republican Boys. The accounts, popular with young, conservative voters, reach more than a million followers combined, and […]

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TikTok stars got a judge to block Trump’s TikTok ban

TikTok stars got a judge to block Trump’s TikTok ban TikTok has won another battle in its fight against the Trump administration’s ban of its video-sharing app in the U.S. — or, more accurately in this case, the TikTok community won a battle. On Friday, a federal judge in Pennsylvania has issued […]

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Apple eyes the TikTok generation with an updated version of Clips

Apple eyes the TikTok generation with an updated version of Clips Apple is today rolling out an update to its video creation app, Clips, which brings much-needed support for vertical videos, allowing for sharing to TikTok and the “Stories” feature in other social apps. The addition is one of several arriving with […]

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President Trump reportedly has approved the Oracle deal for TikTok’s US operations

President Trump reportedly has approved the Oracle deal for TikTok’s US operations President Donald Trump said has has given his stamp of approval “in concept” on the Oracle bid for the U.S. operations of the wildly popular social media app, TikTok, according to a report from Bloomberg. According to the Bloomberg report […]

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Apple launches COVID-19 ‘Exposure Notification Express’ with iOS 13.7 – Android to follow later this month

Apple launches COVID-19 ‘Exposure Notification Express’ with iOS 13.7 – Android to follow later this month Apple and Google are continuing to make good on their planned roll-out of exposure notification technology for helping with COVID-19 contact tracing efforts. The two partners are introducing new tools that make it much easier for […]

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Podcast is social: How China’s Lizhi makes audio interactive

Podcast is social: How China’s Lizhi makes audio interactive For Marco Lai, the founder of Chinese podcast network Lizhi, radio has always been social. Twenty years ago, the entrepreneur was a host at a radio station in southern China. He ran a late-night program where listeners could call in and chat about […]

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