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India’s TikTok copy raises $100 million in funds from investors including Google, Microsoft

A TikTok copy application received USD $100 million in funds from investors including Alphabet Inc’s Google and Microsoft several weeks after Chinese-owned short-video app was banned. Josh, short-video platform application that sprung after India blocked TikTok in June amidst a border crisis with China, attracting global investor interest in applications filling the gap. VerSe Innovation, […]

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United States HALTS ban on TikTok amid legal challenges

The United States has halted the ban on TikTok that was due to come into affect on Thursday night. The order would have prevented the app from being downloaded in the US. The US Commerce Department delayed the ban “pending further legal developments,” citing a Philadelphia court ruling from September where three prominent TikTokers had […]

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Pakistan bans TikTok or failing to filter out “immoral and indecent” content

Pakistan has blocked short-form video application, TikTok for failing to filter out “immoral and indecent” content. The ban comes in view of “complaints from different segments of the society against immoral and indecent content on the video sharing application,” said the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). The PTA said it would review its ban subject to […]

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TikTok US ban ruling to be made day after presidential elections

A US court will hear if it should go ahead with the ban on TikTok or not on the 4th of November, a day after the US elections. If allowed to proceed, the ban would come into effect on November 12. Donald Trump had announced a plan to block TikTok in August, but a ruling […]

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US court halts TikTok app store ban

A US judge blocked an order from the Trump administration to ban new downloads of Chinese App TikTok within the United States. Judge Carl Nichols of the US District Court for the District of Columbia issued the injunction on Sunday. TikTok welcomed the intervention, and vowed to keep defending its rights. “We’re pleased that the […]

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Donald Trump ‘blesses’ Walmart-Oracle deal for purchase of 20% of TikTok US

President Donald Trump has approved a deal between TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, and Oracle temporarily averting a ban on TikTok in US app stores, he said on Saturday. The Commerce Department confirmed in a statement Saturday evening that it would delay the restrictions that were originally to take effect on Sunday by one week. ByteDance […]

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TikTok sues Donald Trump’s administration over US ban

Popular app TikTok has asked a U.S. judge to block the Trump administration from enforcing a ban on the Chinese social media network, according to court documents filed late on Friday. ByteDance Ltd, TikTok’s parent company filed a complaint in a Washington federal court challenging the recent prohibitory moves by the Trump administration. The U.S. […]

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Oracle wins bid to partner with TikTok’s US business

Oracle beat Microsoft in the battle for the U.S. arm of TikTok with a deal structured as a partnership rather than an outright sale to try to navigate geopolitical tensions between Beijing and Washington, Reuters reported. ByteDance, TikTok’s Chinese owner, had been in talks to divest the U.S. business of its hugely popular short-video app […]

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‘Alien Fleet’? Bizarre lights flash in South Carolina sky sparking UFO debate

A video claiming to show an ‘Alien, Unidentified Flying Object’ (UFO) has gone viral on the internet. The video first shared by TikTok user Haley Cummins, it shows people in  Spartanburg, South Carolina, spotting mysterious lights in the sky. The video was shared with caption: “We could very clearly see 20+ sources of light at a […]

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Walmart to team with Microsoft in bid for TikTok’s US operations

US retail giant Walmart will team up with Microsoft to make a bid for the US operations of TikTok. Walmart hopes the deal with a deal with the Chinese video-sharing app, in partnership with Microsoft, would help it expand its operations. TikTok has been given 90 days to sell its US arm to an American […]

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Oracle would be a great company to take over TikTok: Donald Trump

Donald Trump has said tech giant Oracle would be “a great company” to take over TikTok’s US operations. It comes after Oracle was reported as a possible buyer of the Chinese social media app’s business in North America, Australia and New Zealand. Last week Mr Trump ordered TikTok’s owner ByteDance to sell its US business […]

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Donald Trump gives Americans 45 days to stop doing business with TikTok, WeChat

US President Donald Trump signed two executive orders on Thursday targeting Chinese applications, TikTok and WeChat. In the orders Trump has given Americans 45 days to stop doing business with the Chinese platforms, effectively setting a deadline for the sale of TikTok to Microsoft. The president has cited “threat to national security, foreign policy, and […]