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Researcher for the International Institute for Astronautical Sciences (IIAS), Kellie Gerardi, experiances weightlessness on a Zero Gravity plane.(AFP)

Virgin Galactic to fly well-known researcher, a TikTok star to space

AFP | , Washington
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2021 08:02 AM IST
  • The move presents an ideal opportunity for the company to flaunt its ambitions not only to send wealthy tourists on pleasure rides costing $200,000 or more, but also to advance science.
YouTube said the new fund will pay thousands of creators each month whose videos on Shorts receive the most engagement from viewers.(Reuters)
YouTube said the new fund will pay thousands of creators each month whose videos on Shorts receive the most engagement from viewers.(Reuters)

YouTube to launch $100 mn creator fund for Shorts video feature to rival TikTok

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAY 11, 2021 10:00 PM IST
TikTok launched a creator fund in July and later increased its funding to $1 billion in the United States over three years.
TikTok, one of India's most popular video apps before it was banned, has faced scrutiny around the world.(Reuters)
TikTok, one of India's most popular video apps before it was banned, has faced scrutiny around the world.(Reuters)

ByteDance says India's freeze on bank accounts is harassment: Report

Reuters | , Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON APR 04, 2021 03:44 PM IST
ByteDance in January reduced its Indian workforce after New Delhi maintained a ban on its popular video app TikTok, imposed last year after a border clash between India and China.
Last year, Pakistan had blocked TikTok for 10 days over the same issue.(REUTERS)
Last year, Pakistan had blocked TikTok for 10 days over the same issue.(REUTERS)

Pakistan lifts weekslong ban on TikTok over racy content

AP | | Posted by Kunal Gaurav, Peshawar
PUBLISHED ON APR 01, 2021 02:27 PM IST
  • The court in Peshawar had issued the ban on March 11 following complaints about the alleged presence of “immoral and indecent content” on the popular social media app.
SuperYou creator on music shows amid pandemic: This is about life imitating art(Photo by David Beale on Unsplash)
SuperYou creator on music shows amid pandemic: This is about life imitating art(Photo by David Beale on Unsplash)

SuperYou creator on music shows amid pandemic: This is about life imitating art

Bloomberg |
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2021 06:19 PM IST
From TikTok to Pickup Trucks, here's how the creator of 'SuperYou' Lourds Lane's musical thrived in the Covid-19 pandemic even as coronavirus shut down theatres in early 2020
FILE - The TikTok app logo appears in Tokyo on Sept. 28, 2020. A federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump's attempts to ban TikTok, the latest legal defeat for the administration as it tries to wrest the popular app from its Chinese owners. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)(AP)
FILE - The TikTok app logo appears in Tokyo on Sept. 28, 2020. A federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump's attempts to ban TikTok, the latest legal defeat for the administration as it tries to wrest the popular app from its Chinese owners. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)(AP)

Government says ban on Chinese mobile apps, including Tiktok, would continue

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 10:09 PM IST
"We are evaluating the notice and will respond to it as appropriate. TikTok was among the first companies to comply with the Government of India directive issued on June 29, 2020," a Tiktok spokesperson said.
Designer Alexander Wang has been in the eye of storm over several allegations of sexual misconduct.(Photo: Instagram/AlexWangNY)
Designer Alexander Wang has been in the eye of storm over several allegations of sexual misconduct.(Photo: Instagram/AlexWangNY)

Alexander Wang controversy puts the spotlight on models’ safety

Hindustan Times | By Manish Mishra
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 01:00 PM IST
The allegations against the designer went viral with several industry watchdogs posting stories from several different accusers on Instagram
In a Dec. 7 ruling, US District Court Judge Carl Nichols in Washington issued an order that prevented the Commerce Department from barring data hosting for TikTok within the United States, content delivery services and other technical transactions that TikTok-owner Bytedance said would have prevented the use of the app in the United States.(Reuters)
In a Dec. 7 ruling, US District Court Judge Carl Nichols in Washington issued an order that prevented the Commerce Department from barring data hosting for TikTok within the United States, content delivery services and other technical transactions that TikTok-owner Bytedance said would have prevented the use of the app in the United States.(Reuters)

US government appeals order blocking TikTok restrictions

Washington | By Reuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 06:49 AM IST
The government has cited national security concerns in its targeting of TikTok, arguing that the personal data of US users could be obtained by China’s government. TikTok, which has over 100 million users in the United States, denies the allegation.
Udit Parekh is dynamic on short video applications like Moj, ShareChat and Roposo.
Udit Parekh is dynamic on short video applications like Moj, ShareChat and Roposo.

Udit Parekh – An extraordinary entertainer and a cricket darling

UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 05:15 PM IST
Udit Parekh feels you need to buckle down for the entertainment world since it’s not simply an all-day work.
Microsoft Corp. joined an investment round of more than $100 million in VerSe Innovation Pvt, maker of India’s Josh short-video app and Dailyhunt news aggregator(REUTERS)
Microsoft Corp. joined an investment round of more than $100 million in VerSe Innovation Pvt, maker of India’s Josh short-video app and Dailyhunt news aggregator(REUTERS)

Google, Microsoft Invest in booming India made TikTok rival

By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON DEC 22, 2020 04:32 PM IST
Josh is a TikTok rival tailored to its home nation and variety of local languages, touting it’s “Made in India” at a time when TikTok and dozens of other China-made apps have been banned over privacy and national security concerns.
ByteDance Ltd.'s TikTok app button, reflected in a mirror, is arranged for a photograph on a smartphone in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.(Bloomberg File Photo)
ByteDance Ltd.'s TikTok app button, reflected in a mirror, is arranged for a photograph on a smartphone in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.(Bloomberg File Photo)

US not extending TikTok divestiture deadline, but talks expected to continue: Report

Washington/New York | By Reuters | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 06:15 AM IST
Last week, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States granted ByteDance a one-week extension until Friday over the order to shed TikTok’s US assets.
France’s Versailles Palace(Reuters)
France’s Versailles Palace(Reuters)

France’s Versailles Palace Gets Another Revolution, On TikTok

Paris | By Bloomberg| Posted by Mallika Soni
PUBLISHED ON DEC 03, 2020 06:00 PM IST
The vast former home of France’s kings is one of many venerable institutions grappling with how to reach the social media platform’s predominantly young users when most of them use it to share pranks, challenges and dance moves.
From hijabs to cosplay, Indonesian finds calling in cat fashion makeovers(Instagram/usingcloath_petswear)
From hijabs to cosplay, Indonesian finds calling in cat fashion makeovers(Instagram/usingcloath_petswear)

From hijabs to superhero outfits and cosplay, Indonesian designer creates market for cat fashion

Bogor, Indonesia | By Reuters Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 11:07 AM IST
Fredi Lugina Priadi has found a lucrative market for cat fashions, creating unique costumes from superhero outfits for figures like Thor and Superman to cosplay characters, nurse uniforms and even traditional Islamic wear
ByteDance Ltd.'s TikTok.(Bloomberg)
ByteDance Ltd.'s TikTok.(Bloomberg)

TikTok granted one-week extension of forced-sale deadline

By Bloomberg | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 05:05 AM IST
The fate of TikTok, an app that’s been downloaded more than 100 million times in the US, has been caught up for months in US President Donald Trump’s crackdown on Chinese technology companies.
The government 43 mobile applications for Indian users on Tuesday. (File Photo )
The government 43 mobile applications for Indian users on Tuesday. (File Photo )

Govt bans 43 mobile apps for ‘engaging in activities prejudicial to integrity of India’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 07:36 PM IST
Earlier this year on June 29, the government had blocked access to 59 mobile apps and 118 more apps on September 2 under section 69A of the Information Technology Act.
The new format called Spotlight will allow Snapchatters to see content from influencers and other members of the network popular with young smartphone users.(File photo for representation)
The new format called Spotlight will allow Snapchatters to see content from influencers and other members of the network popular with young smartphone users.(File photo for representation)

Snapchat challenges TikTok with curated video feed

San Francisco | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Niyati Singh
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 08:36 PM IST
Snapchat on Monday unveiled a new curated short-form video feed in a stepped up challenge to social media rivals like TikTok.
‘Tantrump’ could be the word of the year 2020.(REUTERS)
‘Tantrump’ could be the word of the year 2020.(REUTERS)

Witerati: Of Tantrumps, Tin Pots & TikTok

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Chetna Keer
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 11:44 PM IST
The new term “Tantrump” has not only imbued immortality to Donald Trump in popular vocabulary but also carries a ring of resonance in daily or desi demeanour narratives
Nysa is a student in Singapore.
Nysa is a student in Singapore.

Kajol’s daughter Nysa Devgan recreates viral TikTok dance with friends. Watch video here

Hindustan Times | By HT Entertainment Desk
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 06:41 AM IST
Nysa Devgan, the daughter of actors Kajol and Ajay Devgn, recreated a viral TikTok dance video with her friends. Check it out here.
Trump has made the fight over TikTok a central front in his broader efforts to crack down on the influence of China’s technology industry in the US(Bloomberg)
Trump has made the fight over TikTok a central front in his broader efforts to crack down on the influence of China’s technology industry in the US(Bloomberg)

TikTok gets reprieve on Donald Trump’s demand for a ban on the app

By Bloomberg | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 06:29 AM IST
The TikTok prohibition “HAS BEEN ENJOINED, and WILL NOT GO INTO EFFECT, pending further legal developments,” the Commerce Department said in a document published in the federal register.
The terms of the funding round may still change as negotiations are ongoing, the people said. A representative for ByteDance declined to comment, while a representative for Sequoia didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment(Bloomberg)
The terms of the funding round may still change as negotiations are ongoing, the people said. A representative for ByteDance declined to comment, while a representative for Sequoia didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment(Bloomberg)

TikTok parent ByteDance seeks to raise cash at $180 billion valuation

By Bloomberg | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON NOV 05, 2020 06:38 PM IST
ByteDance, already the world’s most valuable startup, is in the throes of fighting a Trump administration ban on TikTok in the US after the video service was labelled a national security threat.
Xi’s April speech called for strengthening China’s advantages, saying its strong position in international industrial chains could act as a deterrence for external parties to cut off supply.(REUTERS)
Xi’s April speech called for strengthening China’s advantages, saying its strong position in international industrial chains could act as a deterrence for external parties to cut off supply.(REUTERS)

China’s Xi wants to diversify supply chains amid US curbs

Bloomberg | By Bloomberg| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 02, 2020 08:56 AM IST
Xi said the impact of the coronavirus epidemic exposed hidden risks in China’s industrial and supply chains, without elaborating, thus necessitating “independent, controllable, safe, and reliable” chains.
It’s essential to make every second count
It’s essential to make every second count

Sunday debate: What form of videos do you prefer- long or short?

Hindustan Times | By Yusuf Omar and Ranveer Allahbadia
PUBLISHED ON OCT 25, 2020 07:38 AM IST
It’s been three months since TikTok went off the app store in India, but 15-second videos have made a comeback. What matters: time or content?
The TikTok logo is seen outside the company's US head office in Culver City, California, US.(REUTERS/ File)
The TikTok logo is seen outside the company's US head office in Culver City, California, US.(REUTERS/ File)

Pakistan lifts ban on TikTok after the Chinese app promises to moderate content

Hindustan Times, Islamabad | By Imtiaz Ahmad
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2020 12:44 PM IST
The Pakistan telecom body’s decision has come more than a week after it had blocked the Chinese video-sharing platform over “immoral and indecent” content
The US contends that TikTok is a national security threat because its ownership by Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd. gives the Chinese government access to the personal data of millions of Americans.(REUTERS)
The US contends that TikTok is a national security threat because its ownership by Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd. gives the Chinese government access to the personal data of millions of Americans.(REUTERS)

TikTok looks forward to blocking second round of US restrictions

By Bloomberg | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2020 10:49 AM IST
A lawyer for TikTok argued at a hearing last month that it “makes no sense” for the government to ban the app while ByteDance is still in talks for the deal the president sought.
The TikTok logo is pictured outside the company's US head office in Culver City, California.(Reuters file)
The TikTok logo is pictured outside the company's US head office in Culver City, California.(Reuters file)

Pakistan bans TikTok over indecent, immoral content

Hindustan Times, Islamabad | By Imtiaz Ahmad
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 09:16 PM IST
The Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) said a number of complaints from different segments of the society were lodged against the app.
Pak telecom authority bans Chinese app TikTok on complaints of vulgar content.(REUTERS)
Pak telecom authority bans Chinese app TikTok on complaints of vulgar content.(REUTERS)

Pakistan blocks Chinese app TikTok over vulgar content: Report

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 06:35 PM IST
Pak telecom authority bans Chinese app TikTok on complaints of vulgar content.
Representational Image(Unsplash)
Representational Image(Unsplash)

Social media abuse drives girls off Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat: Global study

London | By Reuters | Posted by: Alfea Jamal
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2020 12:58 PM IST
Online abuse is driving girls to quit social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, with nearly 60% experiencing harassment, a global study showed on Sunday.
The election guide makes its debut as TikTok battles to stop a ban ordered by US President Donald Trump.(REUTERS)
The election guide makes its debut as TikTok battles to stop a ban ordered by US President Donald Trump.(REUTERS)

TikTok launches US election guide to battle misinformation

San Francisco | By Agence France-Presse| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 06:59 AM IST
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other internet platforms have all ramped up efforts to provide users reliable news and avoid being used to mislead voters during a contentious US election.
President Donald Trump’s ban on TikTok was temporarily blocked by a federal judge(REUTERS)
President Donald Trump’s ban on TikTok was temporarily blocked by a federal judge(REUTERS)

Trump’s ban on TikTok temporarily blocked by federal judge

By Bloomberg | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 06:27 AM IST
US District Judge Carl Nichols granted a preliminary injunction against the ban on the widely used video-sharing network after an unusual Sunday morning hearing.
TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, is scrambling to firm up a deal tentatively struck a week ago in which it would partner with tech company Oracle and retailer Walmart and that would get the blessing of the Chinese and American governments.(REUTERS)
TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, is scrambling to firm up a deal tentatively struck a week ago in which it would partner with tech company Oracle and retailer Walmart and that would get the blessing of the Chinese and American governments.(REUTERS)

TikTok fate in the balance as judge weighs app store ban

New York | By Associated Press | Posted by Prashasti Singh
PUBLISHED ON SEP 28, 2020 06:15 AM IST
The 90-minute hearing came after President Donald Trump declared this summer that TikTok was a threat to national security and that it either sold its US operations to US companies or the app would be barred from the country.
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