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TikTok users get a personalized year-in-review video for 2020

TikTok users get a personalized year-in-review video for 2020

TikTok is the latest social media platform to introduce a year-in-review feature, enabling users to check out the top moments on their account from the past 12 or so months. The annual recap is simply called 'Year on TikTok,' and it joins similar yearly summary videos available on competing platforms like Instagram.

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TikTok offers four months of Apple Music to new subscribers

TikTok offers four months of Apple Music to new subscribers

Despite the controversy it is still involved in in the US, TikTok has pretty much become of the new household names even in mainstream media. The short video sharing network has attracted not just thousands if not millions of users but also brands that want to tap into that massive pool of potential customers. Those sometimes come in sponsored content or even ads but there are also other promotional partnerships available, such as this new tie-in with Apple Music that will give new subscribers an extra month free when they sign up.

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Samsung Smart TVs get exclusive TikTok TV app in Europe

Samsung Smart TVs get exclusive TikTok TV app in Europe

Its fate in the US may still be hanging in the balance but TikTok's business elsewhere around the globe continues to be strong and lucrative. In fact, it has partnered with other companies to help spread its service and its name to devices beyond smartphones. In Europe, it has signed a juicy deal with Samsung that will let users of the brand enjoy the looping short video clips on Smart TVs, giving it somewhat of a Netflix vibe.

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TikTok’s fate in the US is now even more uncertain

TikTok’s fate in the US is now even more uncertain

Social networks have repeatedly come under scrutiny by the US government but few are in danger of going out of business as TikTok is. Granted, the popular short video sharing platform would be able to continue its operations outside of the US in the worst-case scenario but losing such a large market could be fatal to the fledgling company. Thrice it has escaped a complete ban in the US but even as the final deadline lapses, TikTok remains in limbo even more than before.

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TikTok given another seven days to sell its US operations

TikTok given another seven days to sell its US operations

Almost like some of the smooth dance moves you can see on the social network, TikTok has again narrowly dodged what could be the fatal deadline that would end it, at least in the US. As the new November 27 deadline approaches, owner ByteDance was given another week to convince the US government not to ban it outright. That remains a quest of Herculean proportions as the Chinese company's multiple proposals have been repeatedly rejected already.

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Snapchat Spotlight tries paying users to steal TikTok influencers

Snapchat Spotlight tries paying users to steal TikTok influencers

It looks like Snapchat is finally rolling out its answer to TikTok. Today, Snapchat rolled out a new feature called Spotlight, which will be a dedicated space centered around highlighting the most entertaining snaps created by the Snapchat community. In order to get people using Spotlight, Snapchat is even putting up some cold hard cash that can be claimed by those who produce the most viral snaps.

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TikTok to continue operating in the US, at least for now

TikTok to continue operating in the US, at least for now

In the heat of the recent US elections, it almost seemed that the current Trump administration was too busy to remember the deadline it set for TikTok to divest or shut down its operations in the US. After months of uncertainty, TikTok has finally gotten a reprieve as the US Commerce Department announced it won't enforce the earlier order in light of a recent federal court ruling. The fight, however, isn't over yet and TikTok's fate in the US still hinges on what will happen in the country in the coming weeks.

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The top apps of September: What you’re not missing

The top apps of September: What you’re not missing

Today the folks at Sensor Tower delivered a list of top app store downloads for iOS and Android devices for the month of September, 2020. This list has a bunch of entries you'll likely expect, like TikTok and YouTube, but a few that you might've never heard of before, like Snack Video. Suffice to say - we're dealing with a COVID-19 universe in the app market right now: these lists make that very clear.

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TikTok argues user content has “no economic value at all”

TikTok argues user content has “no economic value at all”

A legal document released this week showed TikTok argue in court that "a wide swath" of the content on their platform has "no economic value at all." This was part of a request for injunction VS Donald Trump and the US government's order to stop TikTok operations in the United States. The executive order signed by Trump called upon IEEPA - which they pointed out cannot regulate or prohibit (directly or indirectly) any personal communication "which does not involve a transfer of anything of value."

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TikTok is not banned in America yet, but November is near

TikTok is not banned in America yet, but November is near

Donald Trump signed a Presidential Executive Order last week to ban TikTok from operating in the USA. On Sunday night, Judge Carl Nichols of the US District Court for DC issued an injunction on the matter. With this injunction in place, TikTok is not banned from your phone or any app store for several reasons. One of these reasons was: Donald Trump didn't have the authority to ban this app in the first place.

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FDA issues over-the-counter drug warning after new TikTok challenge

FDA issues over-the-counter drug warning after new TikTok challenge

The US Food and Drug Administration has cautioned against misuse of over-the-counter drugs, after fears that the so-called "Benadryl Challenge" popular among some TikTok users could lead to injuries or even death. It's the latest warning from the FDA in a year with more than its share of drug concerns, as unofficial uses for medications - both prescription and otherwise - have proliferated among people fearful of COVID-19 and other diseases.

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TikTok may remain available in US under new deal with Oracle and Walmart

TikTok may remain available in US under new deal with Oracle and Walmart

The massively popular and controversial short video app TikTok may remain available to users in the United States following a new deal between the company, Oracle, and Walmart. The announcement comes from TikTok itself, which states that it is 'pleased' with this new arrangement and that it expects it will 'settle questions around TikTok's future in the US.' The announcement comes only days after President Trump's order to ban the app in the US over national security concerns.

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