TikTok Bypassed Google’s Policies to Track Android Users Using Their MAC Addresses

TikTok is in trouble yet again as a new report by Wall Street Journal suggests that the short video sharing app had been tracking Android users via their MAC addresses. Apparently the app bypassed Google’s privacy safeguard to collect unique identifiers from mobile devices to track millions of users online. While this practice ended in November last year, experts believe that the exploit was concealed by adding a hidden layer of encryption, which seems to have violated Google’s policies that limit how apps track people. The company is committed to…

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TikTok is Planning to Sue US Govt Over Trump’s Executive Order, Report Says

Image for representation (Reuters) The lawsuit will argue that Donald Trump’s sweeping ban on the application is unconstitutional because it did not give the company a chance to respond, the report further said. IANS Last Updated: August 10, 2020, 1:07 PM IST TikTok could file a lawsuit against the Donald Trump administration in the US as early as Tuesday over an executive order prohibiting transactions with the short video sharing platform’s Chinese owner within 45 days, NPR reported. The lawsuit will argue that Trump’s sweeping ban on the…

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Amid Ban Orders in the US, TikTok Rolls Out Its First App on Amazon Fire TV

Image for representation (Reuters) The app will give users access to curated video playlists, compilations from TikTok mobile app and interviews with creators. IANS Last Updated: August 8, 2020, 11:02 AM IST Amid uncertainties surrounding its business in the US, TikTok has launched an app on Amazon Fire TV devices, the media reported. Called “More on TikTok,” it is the first TV app from ByteDance-owned short video-sharing app, Business Insider reported on Thursday. The app will give users access to curated video playlists, compilations from TikTok mobile app…

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Microsoft is Reportedly Aiming to Acquire TikTok’s Entire Global Business, Including in India

Image for Representation (Photo: Associated Press) Microsoft is officially seeking to buy the TikTok operations in North America, Australia and New Zealand for a reported figure of $50 billion. IANS Last Updated: August 7, 2020, 12:06 PM IST Not just the US operations, Microsoft is aiming to acquire the global business of Chinese short-video making app TikTok, including in India where the app is banned, The Financial Times reported on Thursday. Microsoft is officially seeking to buy the TikTok operations in North America, Australia and New Zealand for…

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Microsoft is Reportedly Aiming to Acquire TikTok’s Entire Global Business, Including in India

Image for Representation (Photo: Associated Press) Microsoft is officially seeking to buy the TikTok operations in North America, Australia and New Zealand for a reported figure of $50 billion. IANS Last Updated: August 7, 2020, 12:06 PM IST Not just the US operations, Microsoft is aiming to acquire the global business of Chinese short-video making app TikTok, including in India where the app is banned, The Financial Times reported on Thursday. Microsoft is officially seeking to buy the TikTok operations in North America, Australia and New Zealand for…

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Chingari, Koo, YourQuote Awarded Best Social Media Apps in MyGov Aatmanirbhar App Challenge

The government of India has announced the winners of MyGov and Niti Aayog’s Aatmanirbhar App Challenge. In the challenge, made in India social media app Chingari has been adjudged as the best overall app in the ‘social networking’ category, therefore walking away with the top prize of Rs 20 lakh that has been awarded to each of the eight category winners. The second spot has been adjudged as a tie, with lesser known entities Koo and YourQuote levelled for the second prize. The three apps seemingly defeated more popular apps…

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Australia, Indonesia, Philippines Say ‘No Reason’ to Ban TikTok, Unlike India, USA

TikTok, the much-debated social media platform by Bytedance, is seemingly not being looked upon as a privacy threat uniformly across the world, even as India has enforced a ban on the app, and USA looks set to follow suit. Isolated reports from around the world state that nations such as Australia, Indonesia and Philippines see “no reason” or “evidence” so far to ban services of TikTok in the respective countries. The reports come particularly in light of a potential ban of TikTok in USA, which now sees a potential American…

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TikTok to Become American App? Report Says Microsoft May Acquire TikTok’s Global Operations

Microsoft Corp is chasing a deal to buy all of TikTok’s global business, including its operations in India and Europe, the Financial Times reported on Thursday, citing five people with knowledge of the talks. TikTok parent ByteDance and Microsoft did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment. Microsoft was already said to be in advanced stage talks to take over TikTok’s US operations, but US president Donald Trump urged that a partial takeover may not be fruitful, before going on to proclaim rather amusingly that a chunk of the…

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China Hits Back at USA Over ‘Smash and Grab’ TikTok Strategy, AI Lawsuit Against Apple

The logo of the much-controversial TikTok app is seen on a smartphone, against the backdrop of the national flag of the United States of America. (Image: Reuters) The unofficial cold war between the two economic powers is now seeing China hit back at USA, accusing the Trump administration of trying to abuse its power, and American companies sidelining Chinese technologies. News18.com Last Updated: August 4, 2020, 2:15 PM IST Over the past week, reports emerged about Bytedance looking to sell its USA operations of viral social media app…

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Microsoft Confirms Plans to Buy TikTok by September 15; May Invite Other US Investors

Image for Representation. (Picture Source: PTI) The official confirmation came after reports surfaced that Microsoft has halted its bid to buy the US operations of China-based TikTok after President Donald Trump vowed to ban the short-video making app. IANS Last Updated: August 3, 2020, 10:36 AM IST Microsoft has officially confirmed it is in talks to acquire the operations of video-sharing platform TikTok in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand markets following a conversation between Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Donald Trump. “Microsoft is prepared to…

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ByteDance Offers to Forgo Complete Stake in TikTok to Save US Deal, Says Report

China’s ByteDance has agreed to divest the U.S. operations of TikTok completely in a bid to save a deal with the White House, after President Donald Trump said on Friday he had decided to ban the popular short-video app, two people familiar with the matter said on Saturday. ByteDance was previously seeking to keep a minority stake in the U.S. business of TikTok, which the White House had rejected. Under the new proposed deal, ByteDance would exit completely and Microsoft Corp would take over TikTok in the United States, the…

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Is Instagram Luring Top TikTok Creators With Money to Join Reels Ahead of Global Launch?

Is Instagram Luring Top TikTok Creators With Money to Join Reels Ahead of Global Launch?Instagram is reportedly offering financial incentives to some popular TikTok creators in a bid to make them use Reels, a video-music remix feature that the Facebook-owned platform plans to unveil next month in the US, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. Some of the top creators could receive offers worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to use Reels which offers TikTok-like functionalities, said the report, citing sources. The development comes at a time when the…

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