TikTok says it removed 104.5M videos in H1 2020 for violating community guidelines and proposes coalition of social apps to protect against harmful content (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)


Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:

TikTok says it removed 104.5M videos in H1 2020 for violating community guidelines and proposes coalition of social apps to protect against harmful content  —  As the future of ByteDance’s TikTok ownership continues to get hammered out between tech leviathans, investors and government officials … … Read More

ByteDance asserts it will maintain majority ownership and control over TikTok Global and will not transfer source code or technology to Oracle and Walmart (Financial Times)


Financial Times:

ByteDance asserts it will maintain majority ownership and control over TikTok Global and will not transfer source code or technology to Oracle and Walmart  —  Chinese company contradicts assertions of Donald Trump, Oracle and Walmart  —  ByteDance said on Monday that it would maintain majority ownership … … Read More

Behind the rise of viral earworms on TikTok, whose musical DNA and culture of repetition often leads to the same songs being reused again and again in videos (Asha Saluja/Slate)


Asha Saluja / Slate:

Behind the rise of viral earworms on TikTok, whose musical DNA and culture of repetition often leads to the same songs being reused again and again in videos  —  Gen Z’s favorite video app is a blessing in a pandemic.  But why does so much of it sound the same?  —  I downloaded TikTok in April, a month into COVID isolation.… Read More

An inside look at how Microsoft tried and failed in creating a version of Windows for dual-screen devices like Surface Duo, and eventually picked Android (Zac Bowden/Windows Central)


Zac Bowden / Windows Central:

An inside look at how Microsoft tried and failed in creating a version of Windows for dual-screen devices like Surface Duo, and eventually picked Android  —  Curious what Surface Duo was like when it was a Windows device?  Wonder no more.  —  Here at Windows Central … … Read More

Source: TikTok and WeChat will be removed from Apple and Google's app stores in the US from Sunday to implement Trump's executive orders (Demetri Sevastopulo/Financial Times)


Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:

Source: TikTok and WeChat will be removed from Apple and Google’s app stores in the US from Sunday to implement Trump’s executive orders  —  Trump executive orders also require removal of social media app WeChat from Apple and Google’s app stores in US  —  TikTok will be removed … … Read More

Sources: Uber is seeking to sell part of its $6.3B stake in Didi Chuxing, as it begins to monetize stakes in other companies in an effort to boost its own stock (Bloomberg)


Bloomberg:

Sources: Uber is seeking to sell part of its $6.3B stake in Didi Chuxing, as it begins to monetize stakes in other companies in an effort to boost its own stock  —  – The U.S. ride-hailing giant got the stock as it exited China  — SoftBank is involved in discussions for Uber to sell its stock… Read More