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A federal judge just blocked President Trump’s nationwide TikTok ban, citing the administration’s ‘hypothetical’ national security concerns

A federal judge blocked President Donald Trump’s nationwide ban on the video sharing app TikTok, saying that the administration’s phrasing for the national security concerns the app posed was “hypothetical.” The ban, which Trump originally issued in August, was intended to go into effect on November 12. The judge’s block […]
A federal judge just blocked President Trump’s nationwide TikTok ban, citing the administration’s ‘hypothetical’ national security concerns
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TikTok just slapped its rival Triller with a countersuit over patent infringement claims, and Triller’s CEO said he looks forward to a ‘David and Goliath’ fight in court

TikTok and its parent company ByteDance are suing rival video app Triller over patent infringement claims. The case is in response to a lawsuit that Triller filed in July that alleged ByteDance has been using its technology for years. Triller CEO Mike Lu said in a statement to Business Insider […]
TikTok just slapped its rival Triller with a countersuit over patent infringement claims, and Triller’s CEO said he looks forward to a ‘David and Goliath’ fight in court
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Twitter appeared to be experiencing issues Thursday morning

Twitter appeared to be experiencing issues Thursday morning. A report from Down Detector showed outages for users in the US, Europe, Japan, and other parts of the world. There appeared to be problems with the platform’s home timeline loading, prompting an error message for some users. The company posted on […]
Twitter appeared to be experiencing issues Thursday morning
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Facebook is merging its Messenger and Instagram direct message features, allowing users on Instagram to send chats to people on Facebook and vice versa

Facebook is merging its Messenger service with Instagram’s direct message feature. The changes will allow users on Instagram to send chats, videos, and photos to people on Facebook Messenger and vice versa. The news comes over a year after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the company was planning to integrate […]
Facebook is merging its Messenger and Instagram direct message features, allowing users on Instagram to send chats to people on Facebook and vice versa
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Instagram and Facebook were down for some users in North America and Europe

Instagram and Facebook were down for tens of thousands of users in North America and Europe on Thursday. Outage tracker Down Detector showed reports of issues with Instagram in Southern California and the Northeast in the US, as well as parts of Western Europe. Facebook, which owns Instagram, also showed […]
Instagram and Facebook were down for some users in North America and Europe
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Facebook and Snap both reportedly inquired about acquiring TikTok rival Dubsmash

As TikTok’s future in the US remains uncertain, short-form video-making apps and formats have emerged as competitors eager to attract some of TikTok’s 100 million monthly US users. One such competitor is Dubsmash, a European-born app for creating lip-syncing videos. The app has been around since 2013, but hasn’t reached […]
Facebook and Snap both reportedly inquired about acquiring TikTok rival Dubsmash
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Trump just banned WeChat for US users. Here’s how the company behind the popular app became a $69 billion behemoth that has a stake in everything from ‘Fortnite’ to Hollywood blockbusters.

The Trump administration has banned WeChat in the US beginning on Sunday. The ban follows an executive order against the app in August that barred US companies and individuals from making any transactions with WeChat. WeChat is owned by Tencent, which isn’t a household name in the US, but is […]
Trump just banned WeChat for US users. Here’s how the company behind the popular app became a $69 billion behemoth that has a stake in everything from ‘Fortnite’ to Hollywood blockbusters.
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Google settled a class-action lawsuit over a Google Plus bug that exposed millions of users’ information — and users only have a few days left to claim their cash payment

Google has settled a class-action lawsuit over its now-shuttered Google Plus social media service. Google Plus experienced two software bugs in 2018 that exposed the personal information of hundreds of thousands of users, including names, email addresses, occupations, and ages. Those who had a Google Plus account between January 1, […]
Google settled a class-action lawsuit over a Google Plus bug that exposed millions of users’ information — and users only have a few days left to claim their cash payment