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TikTok’s Chinese nemesis Kuaishou hits 1 billion monthly users worldwide

It’s a big day for Kuaishou, TikTok’s largest rival in China. The Chinese short video company, known overseas for one of its video apps Kwai, announced it has sailed past the one billion monthly active user (MAU) mark. How big is that? Facebook’s MAUs stood at 2.85 billion as of March. TikTok was forecasted to surpass 1.2 billion MAUs this year, and its Chinese version Douyin said in September it had already amassed 600 million daily users. So there’s still room for Kuaishou to catch up. China r...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, China, Southeast Asia, India, Tech, Tokyo, South America, Joy, Kwai, Kuaishou, Bytedance, Douyin, Tiktok, Su Hua, Hong Kong Kuaishou


TikTok launches Jump, a third-party integration tool

TikTok announced today the launch of its Jump program, which expands the app’s potential for third-party integrations. TikTok began beta-testing this feature in February with Whisk, a recipe-sharing app, though only select creators could use the feature. Now, Jump will start rolling out to all users with an expanded slate of partners. Jumps can only be built by third-party providers after being approved through an application process. Platforms like Breathwrk, Wikipedia, Quizlet, StatMuse and Ta...
Tags: Apps, Instagram, Buzzfeed, Tech, Walmart, Snapchat, Software, Computing, Head, Video Hosting, Quizlet, Jumprope, Bytedance, Reels, Tiktok, TikTok TikTok


ByteDance revenues more than double on back of TikTok boom

Owner of video-sharing app also reports a 93% increase in gross profit to $19bn in 2020ByteDance, the Chinese parent of TikTok, more than doubled its revenues last year as usage of the hugely popular video app boomed.The company, which last year weathered pressure from Donald Trump to sell its US operation as part of a trade war with China, reported a 111% increase in revenues to $34.3bn (£24.7bn). Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Technology, Media, China, US, Social Media, Asia Pacific, Digital Media, Donald Trump, Tiktok


Hit game PUBG Mobile returns to India with scores of questions

Krafton, which filed for an IPO earlier this week, has built a gigantic gaming empire. If the firm is able to raise the target $5 billion from the IPO it will be the largest public offering in its home country, South Korea. The firm has something to celebrate elsewhere in the world, too. On Thursday, it pulled off another feat that no other firm has been able to achieve: Its sleeper hit title, PUBG Mobile, has made a return to India, which banned the title more than nine months ago. The world’s ...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Gaming, Apps, Asia, South Korea, China, Ipo, India, Tech, Alibaba, Tencent, Mobile Gaming, New Delhi, South Asia


5 tips for brands that want to succeed in the new era of influencer marketing

Eric Dahan Contributor Share on Twitter Eric Dahan is co-founder and CEO of Open Influence, one of the first agencies to embrace influencer marketing. If I told you a decade ago that a spin bike would be a social community, you’d have had a good laugh. But that’s precisely what Peloton is: A spin bike with a social community where the instructors are the influencers. Peloton is just one example of how social is being integrat...
Tags: Social, Column, Celebrity, Advertising Tech, Youtube, Marketing, Social Media, Tech, Influencer Marketing, Patreon, Online Advertising, Peloton, Eric Dahan, Tiktok, EC Column, EC Marketing Tech


Instagram’s TikTok rival, Reels, rolls out ads worldwide

Instagram Reels are getting ads. The company announced today it’s launching ads in its short-form video platform and TikTok rival, Reels, to businesses and advertisers worldwide. The ads will be up to 30 seconds in length, like Reels themselves, and vertical in format, similar to ads found in Instagram Stories. Also like Reels, the new ads will loop, and people will be able to like, comment, and save them, the same as other Reels videos. The company had previously tested Reels ads in select mark...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Apps, Video, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Australia, Youtube, Advertising, Tech, Social Media Marketing, Bloomberg, Mobile Software, Video Hosting, Online Advertising, Digital Marketing


Messaging social network IRL hits unicorn status with SoftBank-led $170M Series C

Social calendar app IRL has been busy building a messaging-based social network, or what founder and CEO Abraham Shafi calls a “WeChat of the West.” Following its pandemic-fueled growth and further push into the social networking space with group chat and other features, IRL is today announcing a sizable $170 million Series C growth round, led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2. The fundraise also mints IRL as a new unicorn with a $1.17 billion valuation. Besides SoftBank, new investor Dragoneer also p...
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Social Networks, California, Softbank, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, United States, WeChat, Twitch, Social Network


Everyone you know is a Disney princess, which means AR is queen

This weekend, all of your friends morphed one by one into animated, Pixar-inspired characters. This isn’t a fever dream, and you’re not alone. On Thursday, Snapchat released a Cartoon 3D Style Lens, which uses AR to make you look like a background character from “Frozen.” Naturally, even though TikTok’s own AR cartoon effects aren’t quite as convincing as Snapchat’s, people are turning to TikTok to share videos of themselves as Disney princesses, because of course they are. This isn’t the first ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Apps, Technology, Instagram, Disney, Tech, Snapchat, Software, Canada, United States, Computing, Ar, Augmented Reality, App Store, Pixar


How Micro Business Owners can use online marketing to market their business

There are so many online marketing options out there and it can be difficult and overwhelming for small businesses to know what to do and what their best options are. Luckily, we have collected some simple and effective steps to help you market your micro business.  Develop a Clear Marketing Plan  Before you start putting anything into practice, it is crucial to develop a clear marketing plan. This will allow you to pinpoint the prospective customers your business may attract, and start ma...
Tags: Google, Digital, Sales, Google Search, Mailchimp, Facebook Twitter, Facebook Google, Google My Business, Facebook Social, Google My Business Google My Business, Tiktok


President Biden Signs Executive Order Revoking Trump-Era Ban on TikTok and WeChat

U.S. President Joe Biden has withdrawn a series of executive orders from his predecessor Donald Trump banning Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat in the United States. Trump signed several executive orders banning apps tied to China during his time in office. In the most high profile order, Trump ban any U.S. transactions"ordered a ban of the short-form video app TikTok, which is owned by Chinese firm Bytedance, in 2020. However, Trump's bans were never enforced after several court orders blocked...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Ipad, Mac, White House, China, US, Joe Biden, United States, Rumors, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Commerce Department, U S Department of Commerce


Daily Crunch: A crowded market for exits and acquisitions forecasts a hot AI summer

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for June 9, 2021. Today was TC Sessions: Mobility, a rollicking good time and one that we hoped you enjoyed. Looking ahead, we’re starting to announce some speakers for Disrupt — including Accel’s Arun Mathew. Mark your calendars, Disrupt is going to be epic this year. — Alex The TechCrunch Top 3 Biden tears down Trump’s Chines...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Europe, London, Tech, Cms, Ted, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Bill, Biden, East Coast, Accel, Crunchbase


Instagram adds affiliate and shop features for creators

As Apple hosts their annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Instagram and Facebook chose this moment to pilot their first-ever Creator Week. This three-day event is geared toward aspiring and emerging digital creators, complete with 9:45 AM virtual DJ sets and panels on “Algorithm Mythbusting” and raising “zillions for a nonprofit you care about.” During the first day of the event, Mark Zuckerberg made an announcement introducing new ways for creators to make money. In the coming months, Instag...
Tags: Apple, Social, TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Youtube, Tech, E-commerce, Software, United States, Conference, Video Hosting, Zuckerberg, Partner


Biden To Revoke and Replace Trump's Executive Order That Sought To Ban TikTok

President Biden on Wednesday will revoke a Trump-era executive order that sought to ban the popular app TikTok and replace it with one that calls for a broader review of a number of foreign-controlled applications that could pose a security risk to Americans and their data. From a report: According to a memo circulated by the Commerce Department and obtained by The New York Times, the order will address a number of applications and bolster recent actions the Biden administration has taken to cur...
Tags: Tech, New York Times, Biden, Trump, Donald J Trump, Commerce Department, Bytedance, Tiktok, Replace Trump


iOS 15 Includes Secure Paste Feature That Hides the Clipboard From Developers

iOS 15 has multiple significant privacy-focused improvements such as new protections in the Mail app to prevent tracking, an App Privacy section that shows you how often apps access sensitive information like location, and on-device Siri processing, but there are also some smaller but equally important changes. One of these updates is a new Secure Paste function for developers, which can be built into apps. With this feature implemented, users can paste something from a different app, with th...
Tags: Apple, Siri, Tiktok, iOS 15, TikTok Hotels com Reddit Zillow


Apple introduces SharePlay for co-watching, streaming, and screen sharing over FaceTime

As part of its FaceTime update in iOS 15, Apple introduced a new set of features designed for shared experiences — like co-watching TV shows or TikTok videos, listening to music together, screen sharing and more — while on a FaceTime call. The feature, called SharePlay, enables real-time connections with family and friends while you’re hanging out on FaceTime, Apple explained, by integrating access to apps from within the call itself. Image Credits: Apple Apple demonstrated the new feature dur...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Apps, Hbo, Technology, Disney, Tech, Apple TV, Software, Itunes, Computing, Nba, Espn, National Basketball Association, Api, Hulu


10 things in tech: Apple WWDC, Trump's suspension, SpaceX tardigrades

Apple CEO Tim Cook. Roy Rochlin/WireImage/Getty Images Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.Let's get started.1. Apple's annual WWDC is expected to reveal new features for iOS 15, MacOS 12, and WatchOS. The developer conference will be a virtual event for the second year running. Here's how to watch the event from 1 p.m. ET on June 7.2. Apple employees wrote a letter protesting Tim Cook's return-to-office order. Cook has a...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Spacex, Cook, US, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Nasa, Tim Cook, Mars, Donald Trump, Robinhood, Oracle, Newsletters


Here’s how this agent generated $108K on TikTok in 2021 (so far)

While others balked at TikTok, Atlanta Realtor Glennda Baker saw an opportunity to extend her brand by sharing real estate advice. With 7 million views and $108,000 in GCI in 2021 thus far, she knows a thing or two about working it on TikTok. Here’s how she does it.
Tags: Video, Technology, Marketing, Social Media, Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Columns, Lead Generation, Live Video, GCI, Select, Tiktok, Jimmy Burgess, Glennda Baker


TikTok Quietly Tweaks Privacy Policy to Collect Your Biometric Data

TikTok quietly updated its privacy policy earlier this week in a way that allows the company to automatically collect extensive data on users in the United States—including data about their faces and their voice. Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Articles, Software, United States, Computing, Biometrics, Privacy Policy, Terms Of Service, Internet Privacy, Youth Culture, Video Software, Music Software, Tiktok, Technology Internet, Donald Trumptiktok Controversy


Ford officially adds Maverick, a compact pickup truck, to its lineup

Ford is adding a new entry-level truck called Maverick to its lineup as the automaker seeks to offer pickups at every price level in this increasingly competitive market. The company said Thursday it will debut the vehicle June 8, including on its new Tiktok channel. The automaker tapped actress Gabrille Union to do the official unveiling, which will largely occur on social media. Union will show-off the all-new truck on her own Instagram and TikTok channels, on Ford’s social channels as well as...
Tags: TC, Instagram, Tech, Automotive, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Union, Maverick, Tiktok, Gabrille Union, Hulu Little


TikTok called out for lack of ads transparency and for failing to police political payola

TikTok announced a ban on political advertising all the way back in 2019. So you’d be forgiven for thinking the ugly problem of democracy-denting political disinformation doesn’t apply inside its walled garden of dancing Gen Zers. But you’d be wrong. New research by Mozilla suggests that policy loopholes and lax oversight, especially around influencer marketing, coupled with an ongoing lack of ads transparency by TikTok — which offers no publicly searchable ad archive — are making its video-shar...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Europe, UK, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Youtube, US, Social Media, Tech, Eu, Native Advertising, Policy, Mozilla, Italy


Google toughens its stance on ad tracking

Hi and welcome to Insider Advertising for June 3. I'm deputy editor Lucia Moses, filling in for Lauren Johnson, and here's what's going on:Google toughens up on ad tracking.Revcontent acquired.Edelman leadership shakeup.If this email was forwarded to you, sign up here for your daily insider's guide to advertising and media.Tips, comments, suggestions? Drop me a line at [email protected] or on Twitter at @lmoses. Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai Stephanie Keith/Getty Images Goo...
Tags: Google, Media, Advertising, Newsletter, Trends, Edelman, Cnbc, Digital Advertising, Nordic, Taboola, Outbrain, Dentons, Lucia Moses, Newsletters, New US, Sard Verbinnen Co


Chaos and fame in the internet age

You have it in your power to be part of a global phenomenon. Here’s all you have to do: post this column on TikTok with an intriguing hashtag like, #WhoIsMcIntyre? Then sit back and let the magic happen. What magic? The creation of an overnight social media icon, me, your faithful, adequately paid, mostly-factual newspaper columnist. I’ll explain. Last week, thousands of teens flocked to Huntington Beach after a 17-year-old named Adrian Lopez posted an invite to his birthday party with the hasht...
Tags: Google, California, Opinion, Sport, Tom Hanks, Soccer, Biden, Shakespeare, Adrian, Trump, Doug Mcintyre, Huntington Beach, Lopez, Culver City, Billie Eilish, Adrian Lopez


Viral TikTok Video Attracts 2,500 Teenagers to Rowdy California Birthday Party. 175 Arrested

A birthday party for 17-year-old Adrian Lopez turned into a viral TikTok event that drew thousands of unruly party-goers to Huntington Beach, California, reports the Los Angeles Times. Just not Adrian Lopez, "who in the days leading up to the party was increasingly nervous about all the attention." When it was over, more than 175 people were arrested, city officials and merchants were adding up the damage, and everyone was wondering who should be blamed and who should be billed... The high ...
Tags: Tech, Times, Orange County, Pacific, Pacific Coast Highway, Cvs, Huntington Beach California, Huntington Beach Pier, Lifeguard Tower, Adrian Lopez, Tiktok, Rowdy California Birthday Party, Los Angeles Times Just


EU to review TikTok’s ToS after child safety complaints

TikTok has a month to respond to concerns raised by European consumer protection agencies earlier this year, EU lawmakers said today. The Commission has launched what it described as “a formal dialogue” with the video sharing platform over its commercial practices and policy. Areas of specific concern include hidden marketing, aggressive advertising techniques targeted at children, and certain contractual terms in TikTok’s policies that could be considered misleading and confusing for consumers,...
Tags: Social, Apps, Europe, Privacy, Social Media, Tech, Eu, European Union, Policy, Italy, Commission, Consumer Protection, Targeted Advertising, Video Advertising, Online Advertising, DPA


Europe to press the adtech industry to help fight online disinformation

The European Union plans to beef up its response to online disinformation, with the Commission saying today it will step up efforts to combat harmful but not illegal content — including by pushing for smaller digital services and adtech companies to sign up to voluntary rules aimed at tackling the spread of this type of manipulative and often malicious content. EU lawmakers pointed to risks such as the threat to public health posed by the spread of harmful disinformation about COVID-19 vaccines ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Microsoft, Advertising Tech, Buzzfeed, Tech, Eu, European Union, Policy, Czech Republic, Commission, Brussels, Adtech, Deception, Vera Jourova


Facebook and Instagram will now allow users to hide ‘Like’ counts on posts

Facebook this week will begin to publicly roll out the option to hide Likes on posts across both Facebook and Instagram, following earlier tests beginning in 2019. The project, which puts the decision about Likes in the hands of the company’s global user base, had been in development for years, but was deprioritized due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the response work required on Facebook’s part, the company says. Originally, the idea to hide Like counts on Facebook’s social networks was focused o...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Mit, Katy Perry, Ftc, Facebook Instagram, Instagram on Facebook, Adam Mosseri, Mosseri, Dispo, David Dobrik, Facebook Often, Tiktok, Minutiae Vero Dayflash Oggl, Poparazzi Spark Capital


New Instagram insights make its TikTok competitor Reels more appealing

Over the last year, Instagram has added a slew of features to help independent creators make a living, like Instagram Shop and Shopping in Reels . Today, Instagram launched new Insights for Reels and Live on its Professional Dashboard, giving businesses and creators essential data about the reach of their content. These tools will help Reels catch up with its competitor TikTok, which already offers users detailed analytics. As Instagram and TikTok continue trying to keep up with one anot...
Tags: Apps, Instagram, Los Angeles, Social Media, Insights, Tech, Social Media Marketing, Analytics, Creators, Jones, Reels, Instagram Shop, Tiktok, Reels Instagram, Reels Today Instagram, Quinn Jones


Beacons raises $6 million for its link-in-bio homepage builder that lets creators monetize

Mobile landing page builder Beacons has raised $6 million seed round to expand its vision for empowering creators to make money beyond the cramped confines of their social media profiles. The company, co-founded by Neal Jean, Jesse Zhang, Greg Luppescu and David Zeng, provides anyone who uses social media a single, mobile-optimized link hub to display to their followers. Like competitor Linktree, Beacons gives people a way to link out to other sites directly from their TikTok, Instagram, or Twit...
Tags: Social, TC, Y Combinator, Social Media, Tech, Software, Russell Brand, Beacons, Andreessen Horowitz, Jean, Linktree, Tiktok, Atelier Ventures, Neal Jean Jesse Zhang Greg Luppescu, David Zeng, Linktree Beacons


SiriusXM partners with TikTok on a new music channel, Pandora Playlists, and more

SiriusXM is leaning into TikTok. The satellite radio company and Pandora parent today announced a partnership with the social video platform to power several new initiatives, including a TikTok channel on SiriusXM, hosted TikTok playlists on Pandora, and re-airings of Pandora LIVE events on TikTok. The hosted playlists on Pandora are the first of the new initiatives to launch. Starting today, popular TikTok creators will curate, host and promote their own Pandora playlists to their fans on TikTo...
Tags: Mobile, Apps, Music, Media, Tech, Pandora, United States, Viral, Gwen Stefani, Streaming Music, Sirius Xm, Playlists, Streaming Service, Apple Music, Playlist, Jazmine Sullivan


ByteDance’s video editor CapCut is the latest to top the U.S. App Store

From time to time, we see a Chinese app climbing to the top of Google Play and App Store in a host of Western countries. It might be a utility tool like a selfie beautifier or some casual video game, which has universal appeal and require little localization effort. But most of them tend to be a blip on the radar. The latest Chinese app to top the overseas charts is from TikTok owner ByteDance. Called CapCut, the video editing app allows users to not only add a trove of stickers, filters and eff...
Tags: Google, TC, Asia, Entertainment, China, Tech, United States, App Store, Freeware, Social Network, Video Hosting, U S App Store, Meitu, Sensortower, Major, Video Editor



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