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August, 2020

  • 3 August

    TikTok Parent ByteDance Working Flat Out for ‘Best Outcome’: Report

    The founder of ByteDance, which owns social media giant TikTok, said Monday his teams were working around-the-clock “for the best outcome” as talks on the sale of its US operation to Microsoft continue, Chinese media reported. TikTok, popular in the United States and widely used by young people who create, ...

  • 2 August

    WhatsApp to Get 138 New Emojis on Android, Spotted in Latest Beta

    WhatsApp is seen testing as many as 138 new emojis. The latest change is a part of WhatsApp version 2.20.197.6 beta for Android. It comes just days after WhatsApp rolled out animated stickers to both Android and iPhone users. Animated sticker packs are available alongside the regular sticker packs and ...

  • 1 August

    TikTok Ban: ByteDance Said to Forgo Stake in TikTok to Clinch US Deal

    China’s ByteDance has agreed to divest the US operations of TikTok completely in a bid to save a deal with the White House, after US President Donald Trump said on Friday he had decided to ban the popular short-video app, two people familiar with the matter said on Saturday. ByteDance was ...

July, 2020

  • 31 July

    TikTok Promises Over $2 Billion for Creators as US Ban, Reels Competition Looms

    TikTok has pledged to invest over $2 billion (about Rs. 14,960 crores) worldwide in the next three years to support its creators, it revealed Wednesday, as part of the TikTok Creator Fund. That’s a massive increase from the original $200 million (about Rs. 1,496 crores) TikTok pledged earlier in July. ...

  • 30 July

    Facebook Ad Boycott Organisers Ask European Firms to Join StopHateForProfit Campaign

    Organisers of a Facebook advertising boycott said on Thursday the campaign would “not go away” until their concerns were addressed and they would ask advertisers in Europe to join their cause. The campaign, set up in June by US civil rights groups, aims to pressure the world’s largest social media ...

  • 29 July

    ByteDance Investors Said to Value TikTok at $50 Billion in Takeover Bid

    Some investors of TikTok’s parent company ByteDance seeking to take over the popular social media app are valuing it at about $50 billion (roughly Rs. 3.73 lakh crores), significantly more than peers such as Snap, according to people familiar with the matter. Beijing-based ByteDance is considering a range of options ...

  • 28 July

    US Senator Introduces Legislation to Curb Big Tech’s Ad Business

    Republican Senator Josh Hawley on Tuesday introduced legislation that would penalise large tech companies that sell or show targeted advertisements by threatening a legal immunity enjoyed by the industry – the latest onslaught on Big Tech’s business practices. The bill, titled “Behavioral Advertising Decisions Are Downgrading Services (Bad Ads) Act,” ...

  • 27 July

    Telegram Update Lets You Upload Profile Videos, Gets 2GB File Sharing Support

    Telegram has announced a new update that lets you add videos to your profile — alongside your existing profile photos. The messenger service’s latest update also expanded the storage limit for sending media files from the existing 1.5GB to 2GB. It also carries a redesigned music player specifically for Android ...

  • 26 July

    US House Panel Reschedules Big Tech CEO Hearing for Wednesday

    A congressional hearing on digital marketplace competition featuring the chief executives of four of the largest American tech companies has been rescheduled for Wednesday, a House subcommittee said on Saturday. The CEOs of Facebook, Amazon.com, Alphabet’s Google and Apple were to have testified on Monday before the House Antitrust Subcommittee. ...

  • 25 July

    Big Tech CEOs’ US Congressional Antitrust Hearing Delayed

    A highly anticipated antitrust hearing including top executives of four Big Tech firms, originally set for Monday, has been postponed. A notice filed by the House Judiciary Committee set no new date for the hearing titled “Examining the Dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.” Officials are discussing rescheduling the ...