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WeChat US ban has been blocked for now

WeChat US ban has been blocked for now

There might be a small reprieve for embattled Chinese social media companies that would have been removed from the US market this month. Although there's still some confusion over the exact fate that awaits TikTok and its deal with Oracle and Walmart, there is less ambiguity with what will happen with WeChat. A US judge ruled that the US Commerce Department cannot order Google or Apple to remove the instant messaging app from their app stores but this victory for owner Tencent is by no means final.

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TikTok Oracle deal will still leave ByteDance as owner

TikTok Oracle deal will still leave ByteDance as owner

The clock is ticking for TikTok, or has already run out if you got just as confused as the US President himself. Either way, it seems that the social media sensation is close to finding a way out of its predicament, that is if its strategy with Oracle actually works. That deal hasn't even been approved yet and there is already a growing pushback against a structure that practically changes nothing in terms of who has control over TikTok.

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YouTube Shorts launched in India on TikTok’s judgment day

YouTube Shorts launched in India on TikTok’s judgment day

TikTok was practically an overnight sensation just like FaceApp and, like the face-morphing app, it got dragged into a privacy and security scandal. Unlike FaceApp, however, TikTok's problems grew to a national level in the US and its demise in the country was all but ensured. While its fate still likes in the hands of Oracle and the US government, YouTube seems to be taking no chances and is launching a beta test for its new Shorts format, directly taking on TikTok while it's down.

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Oracle reportedly wins TikTok US bid as Microsoft drops out

Oracle reportedly wins TikTok US bid as Microsoft drops out

With just a few days to spare, the drama around TikTok's fate in the US has suddenly gotten intense again. TikTok would have been banned from the US Tuesday had it not found a buyer of the popular short-video social platform and that buyer was expected to be Microsoft. In an almost strange twist of events, Microsoft has announced that TikTok owner ByteDance would not be selling it to the software giant and sources claim it was because Oracle had a better offer.

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You should put WhatsApp on permanent vacation mode

You should put WhatsApp on permanent vacation mode

Today we're taking a look at a set of three WhatsApp news stories that should help you decide whether to continue using the app. One has to do with a viral "Argentina Is Doing It" message about COVID-19. Another is about a future update to WhatsApp that'll introduce a Vacation Mode - hopefully. The third story includes information on 6 previously undisclosed security vulnerabilities delivered by WhatsApp.

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Facebook Messenger now limits forwarding just like WhatsApp

Facebook Messenger now limits forwarding just like WhatsApp

It may not yet have that unified messaging platform that it's rumored to be so eager to have, but Facebook is at least trying to unify some of behavior across its various social networks. Earlier this year, its instant messaging property WhatsApp started to put caps on how many times a message can be forwarded and now Facebook is doing the same for its own Messenger all for the sake of curbing misinformation.

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Facebook makes it easier to shuttle photos and videos to Dropbox

Facebook makes it easier to shuttle photos and videos to Dropbox

If you've been on Facebook for years, there's a good chance you have considerable amounts of content uploaded to the social media platform -- content you may want to download for safe-keeping before abandoning or deleting the account. Earlier this year, Facebook rolled out the ability to back up photos and videos to Google Photos; this time around, it has added support for Dropbox and a relatively new European company.

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Facebook to block news sharing in Australia if new law is passed

Facebook to block news sharing in Australia if new law is passed

It is often said how social media has become the new way news spreads, sometimes even more quickly, but few actually consider the money involved there. From clicks to page views to ads, companies like Facebook and Google have perhaps taken the lion's share of advertising profits, even when the content surfaced on their platforms come from other sources like news outlets. A new law in Australia is being proposed to shift the balance of power to those news outlets and Facebook is pretty much threatening to remove Australian's ability to share news on the network should that come to pass.

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Facebook lawsuit targets paid-for Instagram likes and comments

Facebook lawsuit targets paid-for Instagram likes and comments

In an announcement on Thursday, Facebook detailed a number of lawsuits it has filed in the United States and the United Kingdom, including one that targets 'abuse' of the platform in the form of paid-for likes, comments, views, and followers. In this case, the lawsuit is against a developer accused of repeatedly violating Facebook's Terms by offering these services.

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Facebook just renamed Oculus Connect

Facebook just renamed Oculus Connect

Oculus Connect 2020 is now no longer an event, as the name of the event has been changed to Facebook Connect. Facebook introduced "the new Facebook Reality Labs" at the same time as they've announced a re-naming of the annual Oculus developer event. This new event will begin in a "virtual" format - though not entirely in the virtual reality realm.

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Facebook Messenger is having issues, it’s not just you

Facebook Messenger is having issues, it’s not just you

If you're having issues with Facebook Messenger at the moment, we've got some good news and some bad news for you. The good news is that it isn't a problem on your end, but that means the bad news is Facebook Messenger is having some problems on its end. Facebook Messenger doesn't seem to be down entirely, but we've noticed that the desktop site in particular is not functioning properly.

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The “New Facebook” switch is around a week away

The “New Facebook” switch is around a week away

If you're looking for a way to return back to the "old" or "classic" look for Facebook, you might be out of luck by the time you read this article. In September of 2020, Facebook will switch over to the newest in new design languages. If you've not seen this new design yet, don't worry! It'll be delivered to all Facebook users in short order - September, 2020, and no switching back after that!

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