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Senate bill would block US companies from storing data in China

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links ASSOCIATED PRESS US Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) wants to make it illegal for US companies to store user data or encryption keys in China. He also wants to prevent Chinese companies from collecting any more info from American users than is necessary to provide their service. He proposed these measures […]

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TikTok’s owner may be readying a streaming music service

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images No, TikTok’s owner still isn’t done dipping its toes into other categories. Financial Times sources claim ByteDance is planning an on-demand streaming music service with, as you might expect, a social media hook. The app would reportedly include a collection of short, searchable video […]

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Instagram cribs TikTok with new music-heavy Stories features

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Engadget Facebook may be for boomers, but the company has had more success keeping younger users on Instagram. The evolving requirements of social media demand constant innovation though, and Instagram is working to stay relevant by incorporating features popularized by one of its fastest-growing rivals: TikTok. Staring in Brazil, Instagram […]

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TikTok’s parent company reportedly faces a national security review

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links A stand of TikTok (aka Douyin) is pictured at The First International Artificial Products Expo Hangzhou on October 18, 2019 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China. VCG via Getty Images Recently TikTok’s popularity has exploded worldwide, and so has scrutiny over the app’s parent company ByteDance and its relationship to […]

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TikTok-owner Bytedance reveals its first smartphone

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Smartisan The rumored smartphone by TikTok’s owner ByteDance is now available. The Nut Pro 3 is ByteDance’s first smartphone. It’s a continuation of work by the Chinese phone maker Smartisan (which partially explains the name), and it’s being released under the Smartisan brand. As we learned earlier this year, ByteDance […]

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Mark Zuckerberg still won’t ban ‘political’ ads from Facebook

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links ASSOCIATED PRESS For the better part of the past four years, Facebook just hasn’t been able to keep its name out of the bad news cycle. The latest backlash the company is facing has to do with its political ad policies, which essentially allow politicians to spread misinformation on the […]

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Senators want to know if TikTok is a national security risk

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Thomas Trutschel via Getty Images To most, TikTok is an innocent platform full of cute and/or funny videos. But to political leaders, it’s a potential national security risk. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) have formally asked the Intelligence Community to assess whether TikTok and other […]

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TikTok is the latest platform to pull ISIS propaganda videos

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links TikTok may have a terrorism problem. According to The Wall Street Journal, Islamic State militants have been posting short propaganda videos to the platform. That’s especially concerning because TikTok is so popular with impressionable teenagers. According to WSJ, the videos showed things like corpses being paraded through the streets, ISIS […]

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TikTok opts out of paid political advertising entirely

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Wachiwit via Getty Images While other social networks grapple with complex issues of political speech, growing video platform TikTok has decided not to allow political ads of any kind. We’ll have to see how that ban works in practice, as the company’s list of disallowed material includes “paid ads that […]

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Recommended Reading: Uber wants to be the ‘operating system’ for city life

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Inside Uber’s plan to take over city life with CEO Dara Khosrowshahi Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge This week, ride-sharing giant Uber announced a test that puts both its car and food services in the same app. It’s part of a larger plan CEO Dara Khosrowshahi describes as becoming the […]

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