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ByteDance unit establishes venture with Chinese state media firm

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – A business unit of ByteDance, the owner of video-sharing platform TikTok, has established a joint venture with a Chinese state media group, offic...

Platform News: Japan's SoftBank

SoftBank’s China strategy wobbles as key bets disappoint

HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) – For Tokyo, Japan-based SoftBank Group Inc, the financial technology firm OneConnect’s IPO should have been a vindication of an aggressive ...

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US regulator weighs action against Facebook over how its apps interact: WSJ

Reuters – The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is considering asking a court to stop Facebook from moving ahead with plans to integrate its WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger...

Platform Industry: Netflix streaming service

Netflix tests cheaper annual subscription plan in India

BENGALURU (Reuters) – Netflix Inc is testing longer subscription plans in India as it looks to attract more users in a highly competitive market where smartphone and internet...

Platform Industry: Netflix streaming service

Netflix could lose four million US subscribers in 2020

Reuters – Needham and Company was the fourth Wall Street brokerage in the last two months to cut its rating for Netflix Inc on Tuesday, arguing competition from new streaming...

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Swedish start-up Epidemic Sound tunes into demand for original music

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Epidemic Sound, backed by Spotify’s investors, is one of a new wave of music companies expanding rapidly on the back of demand for easy access to ...

Platform News: Google

Union accuses Google of illegally firing workers to stifle unionism

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The Communications Workers of America union filed a federal labor charge against Alphabet Inc’s Google on Thursday, accusing the company of un...

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Instagram to collect ages in leap for youth safety, alcohol ads

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s Instagram said it will require birth-dates from all new users starting on Wednesday, expanding the audience for ads for alcohol...

Smartphone Apps News: ByteDance and TikTok

TikTok accused in California lawsuit of sending user data to China

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A California college student has accused popular video-sharing app TikTok in a class-action lawsuit of transferring private user data to servers in ...

Smartphone Apps News: ByteDance and TikTok

TikTok apologises for temporary removal of video on Muslims in China

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Social media app TikTok apologised to a user on Thursday for removing a video that criticised China’s treatment of Muslims, blaming a “human ...

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Esports: Renault harnesses real F1 resources for virtual success

ENSTONE, England (Reuters) – Jarno Opmeer once trained in the Renault team gym as a junior academy driver and now the Dutch racer is back at the factory facility, preparing f...

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Exclusive: China’s ByteDance moves to ringfence its TikTok app amid U.S. probe – sources

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – ByteDance has stepped up efforts to separate its social media app TikTok from much of its Chinese operations, amid a U.S. national sec...

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Workers at Israeli surveillance firm NSO sue Facebook for blocking private accounts

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A group of employees from Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group filed a lawsuit against Facebook on Tuesday, saying the social media giant had unfairly bl...

Smartphone Apps News: ByteDance and TikTok

U.S. Military examines TikTok security concerns after Schumer’s data warning

The US Army is undertaking a security assessment of China-owned social media platform TikTok after a Democratic lawmaker raised national security concerns over the app’s hand...