TikTok

TikTok is an extremely popular video-sharing social networking service headquartered in China. Owned by a Beijing-based internet technology company named ByteDance, the app was founded in 2016 with a mission “to inspire creativity and bring joy.” In 2018, it merged with Shanghai-based social media service, musical.ly, and became available globally. Apart from Beijing, TikTok has offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore, Jakarta, Seoul, and Tokyo. TikTok allows one to make music and lip-sync videos lasting some 3 to 15 seconds, and short looping videos of 3 to 60 seconds. Since the past few weeks, there has been an ongoing brawl between TikToker Amir Siddiqui and YouTuber CarryMinati, which has spiraled into a fight between their fans. The verdict is still not out.

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NewsBytes Briefing: TikTok ban delayed, WeChat ban blocked, and more

21 Sep 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: TikTok ban delayed, WeChat ban blocked, and more

Over the weekend, the US ban on TikTok, WeChat saw major developments.

ByteDance values TikTok at $60 billion for US deal

20 Sep 2020

ByteDance values TikTok at $60 billion for US deal

Chinese giant ByteDance is said to have valued TikTok at an approximate $60 billion.

#WeeklyRecap: Potential life on Venus, Apple's new hardware, and more

20 Sep 2020

#WeeklyRecap: Potential life on Venus, Apple's new hardware, and more

This week, a number of developments were noted in the world of technology, including an unexpected - and still unconfirmed - case of alien life discovery.

End of TikTok's woes? Trump approves Oracle's bid for TikTok

20 Sep 2020

End of TikTok's woes? Trump approves Oracle's bid for TikTok

TikTok finally appears to be finalizing a way to prevent itself from getting banned in the United States.

TikTok CEO asks Instagram, Facebook to help fight US ban

19 Sep 2020

TikTok CEO asks Instagram, Facebook to help fight US ban

A few hours ago, the US Department of Commerce issued an order to ban the downloads of TikTok and WeChat apps, and limit their functionality.

US bans TikTok, WeChat downloads from September 20: Details here

18 Sep 2020

US bans TikTok, WeChat downloads from September 20: Details here

In a major move, the US government has announced the decision to ban popular Chinese services TikTok and WeChat.

NewsBytes Briefing: Potential signs of life on Venus, and more

15 Sep 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: Potential signs of life on Venus, and more

Last night, our planetary neighbor Venus made major headlines as a group of researchers found potential signs of alien life using ground-based telescopes.

Oracle wins TikTok US bid, but not for 'full sale'

14 Sep 2020

Oracle wins TikTok US bid, but not for 'full sale'

After months of discussions and complications, Chinese giant ByteDance is finalizing a deal for the US business of TikTok.

NewsBytes Briefing: TikTok US partners with Oracle, and more

14 Sep 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: TikTok US partners with Oracle, and more

Last night, multiple outlets reported that Chinese giant ByteDance has rejected Microsoft's purchase bid for TikTok and chosen Oracle as its 'technology partner' in the US.

#WeeklyRecap: Android 11, affordable Xbox Series S, and more

13 Sep 2020

#WeeklyRecap: Android 11, affordable Xbox Series S, and more

This week, a number of developments were reported in the world of technology, especially in the consumer tech department.

China may let TikTok face US ban: Here's why

12 Sep 2020

China may let TikTok face US ban: Here's why

Chinese giant ByteDance is running out of time to comply with the Donald Trump administration's 'sell or close' order for TikTok US.

NewsBytes Briefing: TikTok sale deadline likely to be missed, more

11 Sep 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: TikTok sale deadline likely to be missed, more

Last night, multiple reports suggested that ByteDance is likely to miss the September 20 deadline for finalizing the sale of TikTok's US assets.

NewsBytes Briefing: TikTok tries to dodge sale, and more

10 Sep 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: TikTok tries to dodge sale, and more

Last night, TikTok was reported to be considering a way out of selling its US business to an American company.

Telugu TV actor dies by suicide; man booked for abetment

09 Sep 2020

Telugu TV actor dies by suicide; man booked for abetment

Prominent Telugu TV actor Sravani Kondapalli died by suicide late on Tuesday. The actor, who was 26, is best known for the TV series Manasu Mamata and Mounaragam.

#WeeklyRecap: PUBG banned, PM Modi's Twitter account hacked, and more

06 Sep 2020

#WeeklyRecap: PUBG banned, PM Modi's Twitter account hacked, and more

This week, a number of developments were reported in the world of technology, but two events gained particular attention.

All you need to know about Akshay Kumar's FAU-G game

05 Sep 2020

All you need to know about Akshay Kumar's FAU-G game

Just days after the Indian government placed a fresh ban on more than 100 Chinese apps including the popular battle royale game PUBG amid escalated tension in Ladakh, a made-in-India alternative has been announced.

NewsBytes Briefing: SoftBank considering bidders for TikTok India, and more

04 Sep 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: SoftBank considering bidders for TikTok India, and more

In another twist to the saga, SoftBank is reportedly working to broker a deal for TikTok India.

Pakistan bans Tinder, Grindr over 'immoral' content

02 Sep 2020

Pakistan bans Tinder, Grindr over 'immoral' content

Pakistan is launching a crackdown on popular online dating services.

NewsBytes Briefing: China could leave TikTok deal hanging, and more

31 Aug 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: China could leave TikTok deal hanging, and more

Over the weekend, China included AI technologies such as speech and text-recognition and those that analyze data to make recommendations in its list of export-control products.

#WeeklyRecap: Apple bans Epic, Zoom's outage, TikTok's crisis, and more

30 Aug 2020

#WeeklyRecap: Apple bans Epic, Zoom's outage, TikTok's crisis, and more

This week, a number of developments were reported in the world of technology, including a few interesting hardware launches and some rather concerning security issues, outages, and data leaks.

NewsBytes Briefing: Walmart-Microsoft team up for TikTok deal, and more

28 Aug 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: Walmart-Microsoft team up for TikTok deal, and more

In the updates since last night, TikTok, the current talk of the town, got Walmart as the latest bidder for its business.

Amid political turmoil, TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer steps down

27 Aug 2020

Amid political turmoil, TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer steps down

Kevin Mayer, the Chief Executive Officer of TikTok and Chief Operating Officer of its Chinese parent company ByteDance, has resigned from his posts.

NewsBytes Briefing: Jeff Bezos is now worth $200bn, and more

27 Aug 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: Jeff Bezos is now worth $200bn, and more

In the updates since last night, Jeff Bezos, the richest person in the world, became richer than ever.

Some Chinese smartphones shipped with malware, stole money

26 Aug 2020

Some Chinese smartphones shipped with malware, stole money

Chinese smartphone maker TECNO, known for taking on the likes of budget players in emerging markets, has landed in a major controversy.

NewsBytes Briefing: Epic's Unreal Engine gets legal protection, and more

25 Aug 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: Epic's Unreal Engine gets legal protection, and more

Since last night, the case between Apple and Epic Games has progressed.

NewsBytes Briefing: TikTok suing Trump administration, and more

24 Aug 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: TikTok suing Trump administration, and more

In the updates reported over the weekend, TikTok confirmed the plan to sue the Trump administration for pressuring its parent company into selling the US business of the video-sharing service.

#WeeklyRecap: Apple hits $2 trillion, Gmail suffers outage, and more

23 Aug 2020

#WeeklyRecap: Apple hits $2 trillion, Gmail suffers outage, and more

This week, both Apple and Google made major headlines in the world of tech.

Now, TikTok will sue Trump administration: Here's why

23 Aug 2020

Now, TikTok will sue Trump administration: Here's why

After weeks of speculation and rumors, TikTok has finally confirmed its plan to sue the Trump administration.

#LeakAlert: Data of 235 million TikTok, Instagram, YouTube users exposed

22 Aug 2020

#LeakAlert: Data of 235 million TikTok, Instagram, YouTube users exposed

As many as 235 million users of leading video services TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube have been hit by a data leak.

NewsBytes Briefing: Apple-Epic row escalates, and more

18 Aug 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: Apple-Epic row escalates, and more

In the updates since last night, the row between Apple and Epic Games has further escalated.

NewsBytes Briefing: Trump may ban Alibaba, other Chinese companies

17 Aug 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: Trump may ban Alibaba, other Chinese companies

Over the weekend, a lot happened in the world of technology.

#WeeklyRecap: Trump's 90-day deadline for TikTok, Fortnite row, and more

16 Aug 2020

#WeeklyRecap: Trump's 90-day deadline for TikTok, Fortnite row, and more

This week, several big players made headlines in the world of technology.

After Reels, Facebook testing another TikTok-like video format in India

16 Aug 2020

After Reels, Facebook testing another TikTok-like video format in India

As TikTok struggles to hold its ground in global markets, Facebook is going a full-on assault mode to take its place.

Trump gives ByteDance 90-day deadline to sell TikTok's US business

15 Aug 2020

Trump gives ByteDance 90-day deadline to sell TikTok's US business

Delivering his latest salvo against Beijing, US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order giving ByteDance a 90-day deadline to divest the US operations of TikTok, its video-sharing service.

NewsBytes Briefing: Reliance could back TikTok's business, and more

13 Aug 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: Reliance could back TikTok's business, and more

In the updates since last night, TikTok's parent company ByteDance was reported to have approached Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries for a potential investment in the video service's India business.

NewsBytes Briefing: TikTok collected data violating Android policies, and more

12 Aug 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: TikTok collected data violating Android policies, and more

In the updates since last night, The Wall Street Journal published a report detailing the behavior of TikTok since 2018.

NewsBytes Briefing: TikTok plans to sue Trump administration, and more

10 Aug 2020

NewsBytes Briefing: TikTok plans to sue Trump administration, and more

Over the weekend, TikTok was reported to be planning legal action against Trump administration.

#WeeklyRecap: US blocks out ByteDance; Apple, Google unveil new devices

09 Aug 2020

#WeeklyRecap: US blocks out ByteDance; Apple, Google unveil new devices

This week, we witnessed some major hardware launches, but the biggest news in the world of tech was US President Donald Trump's crackdown on TikTok's parent ByteDance and WeChat's parent Tencent.

A poisoned chalice: Bill Gates on Microsoft's acquisition of TikTok

09 Aug 2020

A poisoned chalice: Bill Gates on Microsoft's acquisition of TikTok

Microsoft is moving progressively to acquire the US business of TikTok (at least) to prevent the company from getting banned by the Trump administration.

Chinese giant Tencent loses $35 billion after Trump's ban

07 Aug 2020

Chinese giant Tencent loses $35 billion after Trump's ban

A few hours ago, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning certain business transactions with Tencent, the Chinese conglomerate that owns WeChat messaging service.