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    TikTok in United States, numerous alternatives seek to break through the competitive social media market, including Instagram reels. However, with more than 150 million downloads in July 2020, Likee has been positioning itself as the strongest competition for TikTok. & nbsp; But exactly, what is Likee and why does it want to compete with TikTok? “data-reactid =” 12 “> With the possible restriction of TikTok in the United States, numerous alternatives seek to break through the competitive social media market, including Instagram Reels. However, with more than 150 million downloads in July 2020, Likee has been positioning itself as the strongest competition for TikTok. But exactly what is Likee and why does it want to compete with TikTok? Likee, launched...
    A new class-action lawsuit has accused Facebook of illegally harvesting biometric data on its subsidiary platform Instagram with a photo-tagging tool that allegedly stores facial recognition data. The lawsuit, filed on Monday in state court in Redwood City, California, accuses the company of collecting, storing and profiting from the biometric data of more than 100 million Instagram users, without their knowledge or consent. In a statement to DailyMail.com, a Facebook spokesperson said that the claims are false, and that Instagram does not use the face recognition services that are offered on Facebook. 'This suit is baseless. Instagram doesn't use Face Recognition technology,' spokesperson Stephanie Otway said.  A new class-action lawsuit has accused Facebook of illegally harvesting biometric data on its...
    (CNN)TikTok has picked the first round of content creators to be on the receiving end of a $200 million fund designed to reward their top users and bring in new ones. The video app announced the new program on July 22 with the intention of supporting "ambitious creators who are seeking opportunities to foster a livelihood through their innovative content."At the time, the company said the fund would start distributing the cash later in the year and is one of the few ways users can make money on the app. Previously, users could monetize their accounts only via livestreams or through brand partnerships.On Monday, TikTok named 19 accounts chosen as the first recipients from the fund, which TikTok says is...
    Twitter disclosed this week that a new security vulnerability could have exposed the direct messages of those who access the platform on Google Android devices. CNBC reports that the social media website Twitter disclosed a new security vulnerability this week that may have exposed the direct messages of users that access the service via Android devices. The vulnerability may have exposed the private data of platform users accessing the service on Android devices running OS versions 8 and 9. Direct messages (DMs) are the company’s name for private one-on-one or group communications not visible to the generation user population. In a blog post, the Silicon Valley company stated: “This vulnerability could allow an attacker, through a malicious app installed on...
    Disney joined the battle of streaming services with its Disney + platform in November 2019. But even before the news was made, the good omens sentenced the company’s strategy and they were not wrong. Less than a year after its launch in Disney + reaches 57 million users worldwide. In addition to the service catalog, the proposal of novel series such as The Mandalorian, conquered fans from the first moment. But without any doubt, the increase in subscribers came in the first months of 2020, thanks to the search for entertainment options from home. As of April, Disney + had reached 50 million subscriptions. Disney + achieves expected subscribers in less than a year by 2024 According to its 2020...
    Twitter has revealed it is expecting a $250 million (£192 million) fine from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for misleading users over the use of their data.   The social media giant used phone numbers and emails for targeted advertising between 2013 and 2019, the FTC alleges.   Twitter had already admitted to email addresses and phone numbers being used for advertising purposes last year but said it was done inadvertently.    Twitter generally requests users' phone numbers and emails for security purposes, including two-factor authentication.  The company is already recovering from a high-profile security breach last month, which it said could have an 'adverse impact' on business and reputation.  Scroll down for video  The US Federal Trade Commission is probing...
    Twitter revealed this week that it expects to pay as much as $250 million in fines over allegations that it improperly used customers’ private data to target ads. The San Francisco-based company said Monday that it received a draft complaint from the Federal Trade Commission on July 28 that accused it of using users’ email addresses and phone numbers for advertising purposes between 2013 and 2019 after telling customers that it had collected them for security and safety reasons. Under the terms of a 2011 consent decree, Twitter is barred from misleading customers about how it “protects the security, privacy and confidentiality of nonpublic consumer information.” Twitter users verify their email addresses and phone numbers when setting up two-factor authentication...
    San Francisco (CNN Business)Twitter disclosed in a regulatory filing that it could face a fine of up to $250 million from US authorities over its use of phone numbers and email addresses to target advertisements. The company received a complaint from the Federal Trade Commission on July 28 alleging it had used data "provided for safety and security purposes for targeted advertising during periods between 2013 and 2019," it said in the filing. Twitter estimates the complaint could result in a loss of between $150 million and $250 million, it said. The social media company admitted last October that it had "inadvertently" targeted ads at users through contact details that they provided for security purposes. Twitter (TWTR) users are asked...
    TikTok : Tiktok users plant Trump 0:58 (.) –– President Donald Trump did not fill the stage for his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma –– with a capacity for 19,000 people–– during this Saturday night, despite previously presuming that he had approximately one million attendance confirmations for his return event. to the electoral campaign. Many of those who asked for tickets may have trolled the president, in a ruse organized primarily through the TikTok social media platform. Last week, Trump tweeted that “Nearly a million people applied for tickets to the Saturday night rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma!”, And a local official said they were expecting 100,000 near the venue. But this Saturday, registered attendees did not fill the...
    TikTok : Young Indian star of TikTok dies, according to his representative 1:14 (.) – Siya Kakkar, an influential TikTok teenager with a large fan base on the video-sharing platform, died, her representative said. Arjun Sarin released an image of the Indian star on Thursday with the title “Rest in Peace.” “There are no more words,” he added. “You will always be the best artist.” Police confirmed to . that Kakkar was a minor, and local media reports that he was 16 years old. He had almost 2 million followers on TikTok as of Friday, and had posted a video on the platform on Wednesday. Several of his publications have had millions of visits. Most of Kakkar’s...
    Microsoft says it is 'prepared to explore purchase of TikTok' in the United States after its CEO spoke to Donald Trump following his threat to ban the app.   The news comes after Trump told reporters onboard Air Force One on Friday that he would issue an order for social media platform TikTok to be banned in the United States as early as Saturday.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that the president will take action shortly on Chinese software companies that are feeding data directly to the Beijing government, posing a risk to U.S. national security. 'President Trump has said 'enough' and we're going to fix it and so he will take action in the coming days with...
    Byte, a social media app released in January, might swallow up a good chunk of TikTok’s 800 million users as President Trump threatens to ban the China-based tech. On July 9, just two days after the feds first mentioned taking action against TikTok over concerns China was using it to data-gather and spy on Americans, 622,000 web rats fled the sinking app and downloaded Byte, according to data from Sensor Tower, a website that tracks app data. Unlike TikTok, Byte is American-made. It was created by Dom Hofmann, the co-founder of Vine, another wildly popular app that was acquired by Twitter in 2012 but shuttered in October 2017. That’s when Hofmann began working on Byte. Confusingly, TikTok is owned by...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will ban TikTok from operating in the US Trump's 2019 financial disclosure reveals revenue at Mar-a-Lago, other major clubs Treasury to conduct policy review of tax-exempt status for universities after Trump tweets MORE’s announcement that he plans to ban the video-sharing platform TikTok from operating in the United States unleashed a wave of criticism from its users, including from those who accused the president of squandering freedoms of speech and expression. Trump revealed on Friday that he could use emergency economic powers or an executive order as early as Saturday to officially ban the Chinese-owned company from the U.S., citing national security concerns.  The announcement came hours after reports that Microsoft was in talks to purchase TikTok from the Beijing-based...
    The WWDC20 kept us on the lookout until the last moment and it couldn’t be different for one of Apple’s most important events, which for the first time took place virtually, due to the necessary precautions motivated by the current health emergency. However, Apple achieved a luxury presentation not only for the novelties presented, but for the logistics of the event in general. Almost a month later, regarding the company’s second-quarter earnings call, Tim Cook confirmed that The World Developers Conference was a great success that brought together 22 million views of broadcasts on the day of the event. A change in logistics goes better than expected! Despite the challenge of coordinating the stream for a smooth presentation and showing...
    In particular, five young Egyptian women were found guilty of undermining morality. Videos deemed immoral On Monday, July 27, the Cairo court sentenced to two years in prison five influencers convicted of violating good morals. This verdict was pronounced against Mawada al-Adham, Haneen hossam and three other young women, after the latter posted videos about TikTok. Videos deemed immoral by the Egyptian authorities. The five young women will also each have to pay a fine of 300,000 Egyptian pounds (around 16,000 euros), according to a judicial source in the French press. They have the opportunity to appeal. Mawada al-Adham and Haneen hossam were arrested in April and May respectively. The first has 1.3 million subscribers on TikTok and the...
    By TALI ARBEL, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic took a toll on Comcast in the second quarter as movie theaters closed, theme parks shut down and advertisers cut back. The company reported Thursday that its NBCUniversal TV, film and theme park divisions, as well as its Sky unit in Europe, all suffered steep drops in revenue in the April-June quarter. But period was not all grim news. The Philadelphia-based company added U.S. internet customers and 10 million people have signed up for its new Peacock streaming service since April. Peacock is free for Comcast customers and has been available to them since April, but opened to the general public, with a much-promoted free tier, on...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic took a toll on Comcast in the second quarter as movie theaters closed, theme parks shut down and advertisers cut back. The company reported Thursday that its NBCUniversal TV, film and theme park divisions, as well as its Sky unit in Europe, all suffered steep drops in revenue in the April-June quarter. But period was not all grim news. The Philadelphia-based company added U.S. internet customers and 10 million people have signed up for its new Peacock streaming service since April. Peacock is free for Comcast customers and has been available to them since April, but opened to the general public, with a much-promoted free tier, on July 15. Comcast has said...
    Music streaming giant Spotify deepened its loss in the second quarter, even as its total pool of monthly active users neared the 300 million mark. The Stockholm-based company said its net loss swelled to $418 million from a loss of $76 million a year earlier because of dried-up advertising and higher-than-expected payroll taxes linked to its recent stock run-up. The firm’s stock soared more than 70 percent since the end of May, when Spotify inked a deal with Joe Rogan to run his podcast exclusively on its platform. Also juicing Spotify’s stock was a spate of buzzy podcast deals with Warner Bros.’ DC Comics, Kim Kardashian and Michelle Obama. Last week, Spotify struck a new licensing deal with Universal...
    Music streaming giant Spotify deepened its loss in the second quarter, even as its total pool of monthly active users neared the 300 million mark. The Stockholm-based company said its net loss swelled to $418 million from a loss of $76 million a year earlier because of dried-up advertising and higher-than-expected payroll taxes linked to its recent stock run-up. The firm’s stock soared more than 70 percent since the end of May, when Spotify inked a deal with Joe Rogan to run his podcast exclusively on its platform. Also juicing Spotify’s stock was a spate of buzzy podcast deals with Warner Bros.’ DC Comics, Kim Kardashian and Michelle Obama. Last week, Spotify struck a new licensing deal with Universal Music...
    The largest exchange platform Coinbase now has more than 35 million users in more than 100 countries, the platform said in a new report. This would make it the most popular cryptocurrency exchange in the world. The San Francisco-based company said in its report that it was the largest regulated platform to the world and that the company continued to expand. Thus, the exchange attracted more 5 million new users compared to last year. Changes in the number of Coinbase users (in millions) : Source: Alistair Milne
    By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s consumer watchdog launched court action against Google on Monday alleging the technology giant misled account holders about its use of their personal data. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s action in the Federal Court is the latest litigation Google has faced around the world over allegations of privacy breaches. The commission alleges the California-based company misled millions of Australians to obtain their consent and expand the scope of personal information that Google collects about users’ internet activity to target advertising. The allegations arise from Google’s move in 2016 to start combining users’ personal information in their Google accounts with information from the same users’ activity on non-Google sites that used...
    THE coronavirus pandemic has brought with it a surge in the number of Americans using swingers' apps, it has been revealed. Data shows that there are currently at least 721,927 active swingers across the United States. Swinging is a practice in which people already in a committed relationship engage in sexual activity with other people. It is a form of non-monogamy or open relationship. The figures are based on the number of people using threesome dating app 3Fun to swing since lockdowns were imposed in March. They show users in some of the country's major metropolitan centres, with the largest cities seeing the highest uptake. Of the 8.4million people living in New York, 22,874...
    Facebook will now hand over a total of $650 million to settle a lawsuit over the company’s use of facial recognition technology. The social network added $100 million to its initial $550 million settlement, Facebook revealed in court documents reported by Fortune.  The lawsuit dates back to 2015, when the company was hit with a class action lawsuit saying Facebook violated an Illinois privacy law that required companies obtain “explicit consent” before collecting biometric data from users. At issue was Facebook’s “tag suggestions” feature, which used facial recognition to scan photos and automatically suggest tags when users uploaded new images. (Facebook stopped scanning faces by default last year.) 
    New York (CNN Business)TikTok is creating a $200 million fund that it will use to retain its top users and attract new ones, signaling another milestone for the growing company. In a statement Thursday, the video app said the new program aims to "help support ambitious creators who are seeking opportunities to foster a livelihood through their innovative content." TikTok said the fund will start distributing the cash later this year and is one of the few ways users can make money on the app. Previously, users could monetize their accounts only via livestreams or through brand partnerships. Eligible users must be 18 or older, live in the United States and "consistently" post original videos that comply with TikTok guidelines....
    Jason Wilk, Dave The digital banking wars are heating up. Upstarts including Chime and Current have added hundreds of thousands of users since the coronavirus pandemic began as more Americans seek out mobile-first banking apps free from penalties like overdraft fees. To that field, enter Dave, a Los Angeles-based start-up last valued at $1.2 billion. The company launched in 2016 as a personal finance tool that helped customers manage their budgets, avoid overdrafts and even find gig-economy jobs. That offering has 7 million users, according to CEO Jason Wilk. In May, the company, which counts billionaire Mark Cuban as an early investor and board member, began to roll out a digital bank account to a wait list of 2 million...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A massive security breach forced GEDmatch to shut down their site, after exposing the DNA data profiles of more than a million people who use the online service to law enforcement agencies. GEDmatch described it as a “sophisticated attack” on their servers through a user account. Wednesday morning, members were greeted with a letter describing a 3-hour breach and temporary shutdown on July 19, and the discovery of a vulnerability on July 20 that forced the site to shut down. “We discovered that the site was still vulnerable and made the decision to take the site down until such time that we can be absolutely sure that user data is protected against potential attacks,” said...
    Shares of Snapchat parent company Snap Inc. were down as much as 7 percent Wednesday morning after the company said that its coronavirus-related user boost fizzled out sooner than it had anticipated. The disappearing-photo app said daily active users rose 17 percent year-over-year to 238 million in the second quarter, in line with Wall Street’s forecasts. Snap, however, forecast between 242 million and 244 million daily active users in the current quarter, below analysts’ target of 244.8 million, noting that the coronavirus surge was no longer bringing the results they had anticipated. “At the onset of widespread shelter in place orders, as people sought to stay connected and entertained from home, we observed an increase in daily active users...
    (Bloomberg) – Snap Inc. lost its own forecast for user growth last quarter and delayed its projections for the current period, a reminder of how difficult it is to predict business direction during the pandemic. The company, which owns the social media application Snapchat, said that gains in daily active users seen at the start of the covid-19 outbreak have stabilized. Although the revenue beat analyst estimates and is on track to do so again in the current period, Snap promises nothing. Instead, he said you can’t count on the events that generally drive third-quarter advertising sales, such as sports games, movie releases, and back-to-school shopping. Shares fell about 6% in extended trading. “At the beginning of widespread shelter-in-place orders,...
    (CNN Business)Snapchat's spike in users from coronavirus lockdowns has begun to taper off, despite a pause in reopening across many states forcing people to continue staying home. "At the onset of widespread shelter in place orders, as people sought to stay connected and entertained from home, we observed an increase in daily active users that informed our initial estimate," Derek Andersen, chief financial officer of Snapchat's parent company Snap (SNAP), said during its second quarter earnings call Tuesday. "This initial lift dissipated faster than we anticipated as shelter in place conditions persisted."Snap's daily active users were 238 million for the three months to June, an increase of 17% from the same period last year but just shy of the company's...
    Evan Spiegel, CEO and co-founder of Snap Inc.Adam Galica | CNBC Snap warned that the uncertainty around events like the back-to-school season and the operations of sports leagues in the third quarter could impact advertising demand.  The company said while reporting second quarter earnings Tuesday that so far in Q3, revenue is up 32% from the previous year, but it expects that growth to moderate through the rest of the quarter. "While we are cautiously optimistic that these trends could sustain over time, we are also conscious that operating conditions may remain volatile, and that economic conditions could further deteriorate," chief financial officer Derek Andersen said in the company's earnings call prepared remarks. "For example, advertising demand in Q3...
    free VPN services (virtual private network) could be at risk of exposure, warned a computer security company. “data-reactid =” 19 “> Data from around 20 million users of free VPN services ( virtual private network (for its acronym in English) could be at risk of exposure, warned a computer security company. vpnMentor detected an unsecure server that was shared by several free VPNs, which are precisely designed to protect the privacy of internet users by hiding their data. “data-reactid =” 20 “> The vpnMentor firm detected an unsecure server that was Shared by several free VPNs, which are precisely designed to protect the privacy of internet users by hiding their data. The firm warned that a potential data breach had...
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Downloads of Japan's coronavirus contact-tracing app have slowed since its debut last month, a blow to the government's aim to use smartphones to head off a second wave of infection. Just 27 positive cases have been registered through the app, named COCOA for Contact-Confirming Application, even as Tokyo saw new daily cases surge to almost 300 in recent days. Downloads stood at 7.69 million as of Monday, said health ministry official Yasuyuki Sahara. In the first week after its June 19 start, downloads had reached 4.4 million. An early bug in COCOA prevented users from registering positive coronavirus test results. The health ministry said the bug was fixed with a July 13 update. The app was designed...
    Auburn needs new Week 1 opponent after SWAC postpones season The Best Kids Crocs in Styles Theyll Wear All Summer Bayer Gets Roundup Verdict Slashed by 74% But Has Bigger Problem (Bloomberg) -- Bayer AG got a $79 million award against it slashed by three-quarters but failed to overturn the first jury verdict that its Roundup weed killer causes cancer. © Photographer: Scott Olson/Getty Images North America CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MAY 14: Roundup weed killing products are offered for sale at a home improvement store on May 14, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. A jury yesterday ordered Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, to pay a California couple more than $2 billion in damages after finding that the weed killer had...
    Mukesh Ambani’s prepare to make India ‘2G-mukt’ will hit the incumbent operators really hard, particularly Vodafone Plan given its huge foundation of 2G subscribers. Right after racking up 100 million users for its 4G-enabled function phones (JioPhone), Reliance Jio in partnership with Google is eyeing the entry-level smartphone phase. Jio is organizing to acquire over 350 million 2G function cellphone users by launching a smartphone ‘at a portion of the latest cost’. Industry experts feel that Jio, which dominates the cellular broadband house (4G) with 58% sector share, could seize the incumbents’ sector share in the aspect mobile phone segment with its new giving. Even though Bharti Airtel has 135 million 2G users, 47% of its full subscriber foundation of...
    The pop star is taking legal action against two Twitter users who claimed on social media that he sexually assaulted them. And Justin Bieber has won the first round in the defamation suit, with the Los Angeles Superior Court granting a motion to subpoena Twitter to identify the people behind the accounts, according to NBC News. The defendants in the complaint are only identified as Jane Doe 1 and 2 - on Twitter  they had the names Danielle and Kadi - and cannot be served until they are identified, the outlet reported. Moving forward with his case: Justin Bieber has won the first round in the defamation suit, with the Los Angeles Superior Court granting a motion to subpoena Twitter...
    By Gina Chon SAN FRANCISCO, Jul 15 (. Breakingviews) – Hacking prominent Twitter accounts is a nightmare, but not just for the micro-messaging social network. Fake tweets requesting digital money on Wednesday from accounts like those of Elon Musk, the head of Tesla, or Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate for the White House, will translate into increased cybersecurity costs for Twitter. But if it doesn’t go beyond that, founder Jack Dorsey could hit his teeth. Messages on this social network have the potential to move markets, or even worse. The intrusion was so severe that Twitter blocked these verified accounts, a label carried by high-profile users. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, former U.S. President Barack Obama, and Amazon chief Jeff...
    Model and outspoken left-wing agitator Chrissy Teigen says she’s blocked more than one million Twitter users, claiming that her account has been “flooded by sick psychopaths.” “I have block chained over one million people, ONE MILLION people today and I am still flooded with sick psychopaths,” tweeted Teigen on Wednesday. “So please, spare me the ‘just ignore them, they’re just trolls.'” I have block chained over one million people, ONE MILLION people today and I am still flooded with sick psychopaths. So please, spare me the “just ignore them, they’re just trolls” — chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 15, 2020 “Anyhow I’ll do my best to stop entertaining them,” continued Teigen in a follow-up tweet. “They have definitely been living for this...
    I do not know if you will remember but a few years ago there was a great controversy after a function introduced by Apple in iOS 10.2.1. This novelty was a new battery management that affected the performance of the iPhone in case of having an aged battery. That is, the iPhone slowed down if its battery was degraded to avoid spontaneous restarts. This function is still present, but the problem was that Apple did not warn of this novelty and controversy erupted against the company, which they accused of planned obsolescence. We already had a new case against Apple: the BatteryGate. Apple officially apologized and a few months later it released an update that allowed the user to choose...
    Apple agreed to pay a $500 million class-action settlement for secretly slowing older iPhone models to force users to upgrade and now consumers can reap the benefits. Under the lawsuit, the tech giant is providing $25 to all those affected by the smartphone 'batterygate.' Eligible devices include iPhone 6 family, and iPhone SE that ran on iOS 10.2.1 or later, along with the iPhone 7 models that were using iOS 11.2 or a previous operating system. There is a specific website for users to submit a claim, which must be done online or by mail no later than October 6 – or payment is forfeited. Scroll down for video  Under the lawsuit, the tech giant is providing $25 to...
    SAN FRANCISCO - White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Sunday he expected President Donald Trump to act firmly against the TikTok and WeChat applications, amid rising tensions between Washington and Beijing. Trump last week had said he is considering banning the wildly-popular TikTok app as a way to punish China over the coronavirus pandemic. In an interview with Fox News, Navarro argued that "what the American people have to understand is all of the data that goes into those mobile apps that kids have so much fun with... goes right to servers in China, right to the Chinese military, the Chinese Communist Party." He said these apps can be used to steal intellectual property. "So expect strong actions...
    The overwhelming majority of people who signed up for the mobile video streaming service Quibi quit after their free trial period was over, according to a new analytics report. Some 92% of the 910,000 users who initially signed up for Quibi when it launched in April chose to not convert to paying subscribers after completing a free three-month trial.   Just 72,000 users, or 8% of the total, chose to convert their accounts to either a $4.99 monthly subscription with ads, or a $7.99 monthly subscription with no ads.   A new report from mobile analytics firm Sensor Tower claims that just 8% of the users who downloaded the mobile video streaming service at launch converted to paying subscribers Quibi has...
    Quibi, the short-form video app founded by Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, has retained just 8 percent of customers that signed up for a 90-day a free trial, according to a new research study. The mobile app — which has corralled A-list stars like Jennifer Lopez, LeBron James and Liam Hemsworth to crank out video shorts — has logged roughly 4.5 million installs to date since the April 6 launch, according to app-measurement firm Sensor Tower. But this week, among the 910,000 subscribers who signed up between April 6 and April 8, a maximum of 8 percent, or a mere 72,000 customers, have opted to pay for Quibi, Sensor Tower said. By comparison, about 1 million users, or 11...
    Quibi, the short-form video app founded by Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, has retained just 8 percent of customers that signed up for a 90-day a free trial, according to a new research study. The mobile app — which has corralled A-list stars like Jennifer Lopez, LeBron James and Liam Hemsworth to crank out video shorts — has logged roughly 4.5 million installs to date since the April 6 launch, according to app-measurement firm Sensor Tower. But this week, among the 910,000 subscribers who signed up between April 6 and April 8, a maximum of 8 percent, or a mere 72,000 customers, have opted to pay for Quibi, Sensor Tower said. By comparison, about 1 million users, or 11 percent...
    Victoria SongJust now•Filed to:womp wompwomp wompquibistreaming servicesSaveQuibi, Quibi, Quibi. Photo: Sam Rutherford/Gizmodo Quibi, the video streaming service that no one asked for, has apparently only covered about 8% of early users into paying subscribers, according to a report from mobile analytics firm Sensor Tower via the Verge. That means of the supposed 910,000 people who downloaded Quibi in the app’s early days, only about 72,000 decided to continue after their three-month trial period ended. That 92% dropoff rate is yikes. To be fair, an 8% conversion rate isn’t horrible on its own. But when you compare Quibi’s launch to say, Disney+, it starts to look a bit sad. Sensor Tower’s data says that Disney+ converted 11% of free trial users...
    Ghislaine Maxwell could have been secretly operating one of the most powerful Reddit accounts of all time, according to a widely shared theory on the website.  Hundreds of users have pointed out the u/maxwellhill handle has fallen silent since her July 2 arrest on sex trafficking charges related to Jeffrey Epstein. In a Twitter post YouTuber Joe Leonard wrote: 'Ghislane Maxwell was the first person on reddit to hit 1 million karma LMAO! She's the #8 karma to this day. Her posts to /r/worldnews constituted roughly 30% of the posts there. This connection was made after she was arrested and that account stopped posting there after 14 years.' The u/maxwellhill account has not posted since July 1 despite previously posting on...
    Apple entered the streaming music market in style, competing head-to-head with the market leader: Spotify. However Apple has not offered official subscription numbers for a long time and we have to resort to external analysis to find out how the Apple platform is doing. Counterpoint has just published a complete analysis of the streaming music market and the current situation we have experienced has made subscriptions grow considerably. The subscribers to this type of services grew 35% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2020 and already reached 394 million subscriptions. “The growth in paid subscriptions (35% year-on-year) was once more than the 20% year-on-year growth in monthly active users (MAU). This indicates that people using the free trials...
    Streaming service Quibi only managed to convert a little under 10 percent of its early wave of users into paying subscribers, says mobile analytics firm Sensor Tower. According to the firm’s new report on Quibi’s early growth, the short-form video platform signed up about 910,000 users in its first few days back in April. Of those users, only about 72,000 stuck around after the three-month free trial, indicating the app had about an 8 percent conversion rate. That’s not too bad. But compare that to the streaming video industry’s most successful debut of the last few years, Disney Plus, and the resulting picture is a grim one for Quibi, which has struggled both to find a hit among its...
    New York — NEW YORK. – New Yorkers now have more transportation options, with frequencies near the level of before the pandemic of COVID-19, which brings to light a hopeful panorama, revealed the President of the Metropolitan Transport Authority (MTA), Pat Foye, as New York City entered Reopening Phase 3 on Monday According to the executive, the public transportation system is currently operational with around 1.1 million users on the subway and just over 1 million on buses, which, he said, is a significant improvement within the recovery process, but It pales in importance in the face of the 7.6 million who used transportation on average during the week, before the pandemic. As he New York Mayor Bill de...
    Discord was launched in 2015 in a beta testing phase and quickly attracted gamers who favored Discord’s relative reliability, its anonymity and focus on voice over video unlike platforms like Skype. Discord allows people to join a voice call at any time and type in various channels to communicate with other gamers. They can sit in a call and listen to music, mute themselves or “deafen” themselves — meaning they can’t hear anyone else — if they want to appear online only to friends without speaking. Now Discord is aiming to grow beyond its gamer base.Discord announced its new funding on Tuesday in a blog post that disclosed Discord is rebranding itself beyond gaming. The company has raised a total...
    By Sankalp Phartiyal NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian tech and entertainment firms are looking to capitalise on sudden opportunities arising from a government ban on Chinese owned apps, including the wildly popular TikTok, with one rival video app saying it had added 22 million users in 48 hours. India this week outlawed 59 Chinese-owned apps including TikTok and Tencent's WeChat, in what was described as a "digital strike" against China by the country's technology minister. The move followed a confrontation between India and China at a disputed Himalayan border site, which left 20 Indian soldiers dead. With 200 million Indians users, TikTok, which features a simple user interface, background music options and various special effects, was a burgeoning force in...
    Facebook will start promoting voter registration links to all eligible US users. According to the company, it will pin links to the top of user feeds in the US starting July 3 for any users who are of voting age. An informational box will also give users data on how to register and will direct them to either their state's registration site or a nonpartisan organization if the users' state doesn't have resources readily available.  Facebook will include links at the top of news feeds so eligible voters can easily register. It aims to enlist 4 million users in total 'This Friday every Facebook user of voting age in the US will be given information, prominently displayed on the...
    With coronavirus cases continuing to rise across the U.S., Bill Gates has partly laid the blame on social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter, saying they can do better at curbing the spread of misinformation about the virus. “Can the social media companies be more helpful on these issues?" Gates said during an interview with Fast Company. "What creativity do we have? Sadly, the digital tools probably have been a net contributor to spreading what I consider crazy ideas.” Fox News has reached out to Facebook and Twitter with a request for comment. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg alonside Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. (Fox News/Getty Images) BILL GATES: I WARNED TRUMP DURING PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION ABOUT PANDEMIC RISK Gates touched on...
    Facebook is planning to shut down its TikTok copycat Lasso, after the year-and-a-half-old app failed to take off with young users, it has been reported. Lasso, which enables account-holders to post 15-second videos, was billed as the social media giant's answer to its China-based competitor. But it was bogged down by problems early on, with its developer Brady Voss quitting Facebook just six days after its launch.  It was only ever rolled out in the US and across South America, with suspected plans for a Europe and India release placed on hold. Facebook's decision comes as more than 400 advertisers including Coca-Cola, Lego and Starbucks boycott the company to demand it does more to limit hate speech on its platform....
    Alexander-Koerner/Getty-Images Facebook said Wednesday it’s trying to stop hate speech — but that users angry about President Donald Trump’s “inflammatory rhetoric” should visit the ballot box. To that end, the website said it will be launching a voter registration campaign with the aim of signing up 4 million American voters by November. “Facebook has come in for much criticism in recent weeks following its decision to allow controversial posts by President Trump to stay up, and misgivings on the part of many people, including companies that advertise on our platform, about our approach to tackling hate speech,” Nick Clegg, Facebook’s global communications chief, wrote in a Wednesday op-ed. “I want to be unambiguous: Facebook does not profit from hate.” More...
    Discord on Tuesday announced it’s making a number of changes to expand its service beyond the gaming community. The company says the change is one its users have requested as Discord has become more of a tool for “day-to-day communication.” “Games are what brought many of you on the platform, and we’ll always be grateful for that,” reads a blog post by Discord CEO Jason Citron and CTO Stanislav Vishnevskiy. “As time passed, a lot of you realized, and vocalized, that you simply wanted a place designed to hang out and talk in the comfort of your own communities and friends. You wanted a place to have genuine conversations and spend quality time with people, whether catching up, learning something,...
    Parler, the new social media platform, has added about a million new users over the past two weeks, said John Matze, CEO of Parler, attributing the “mass migration” to “frustration with censorship” on Twitter. He offered his remarks on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Sunday with host Joel Pollak. Parler describes itself as “a non-biased free speech driven entity” which “accepts your right to express your thoughts, opinions and ideals online.” Parler was the “number one [app] for news” across mobile platforms in recent days, Matze said. “We’ve seen an influx of probably almost a million users in week and a half to two weeks.” Parler added “a couple hundred thousand people overnight” after Twitter’s recent banning of British conservative commentator Katie Hopkins, said Matze....
    American Express is offering card members up to $50 for money spent on small businesses in an effort to help mom-and-pop shops devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. The financial services giant came up with the deal — which gives card members $5 for every $10 spent — after its own research revealed 62 percent of small businesses are desperate to boost revenue to survive the COVID-19 crisis. The deal, first reported by Bloomberg on Monday, is good for ten purchases. It will cost American Express $200 million. Deepak Grover, a Brooklyn small business owner, called the offer “pretty amazing.” “We do have a lot of customers pay by card,” Grover, proprietor of Big Apple Ride car service, told The Post....
    Prominent conservatives have launched a campaign on Twitter urging users to switch to Parler, a competing platform marketed as a "free speech social network." The movement gained steam this week — with Parler gaining a 50 percent surge in users — after Twitter permanently suspended the account of a popular conservative meme maker, shut down the account of a wide-reaching conservative pundit, and suppressed a tweet from President Donald Trump for the second time.What are the details?Mediaite reported that on Tuesday, Twitter "banned Carpe Dunktum, a well-known meme creator whose content is often shared by President Donald Trump, and locked an account belonging to National Pulse editor Raheem Kassam. Those actions sparked outcry from conservatives who encouraged users...
    An inquisitive feline has become an unlikely viral star after a video of the cute cat sparked an online frenzy, racking up a staggering 156 million views - while leaving social media users baffled over its popularity.  The video, which was posted on TikTok by account British Promise Cats last week has racked up an incredible number of views in just a matter of days, accumulating more than 21.5 million likes and 266,000 comments, many of which come from users who have been left perplexed by its impressive viral performance.  In the sweet TikTok post, a small ginger cat can be seen poking its head through the top of a cardboard tube, clearly eager to reach whatever is in the...
    Four weeks after its launch, the “StopCovid” tracking application has only reported 14 cases of risk of contamination in France, the government announced on Tuesday, a flop which is reopening the debate on the usefulness of these tools in the fight against the pandemic. Only 2% of the French population has installed this application, StopCovid, on their mobile phone, allowing a user who finds himself contaminated to anonymously warn other users he has recently encountered. But according to the assessment given by the Secretary of State for Digital, Cédric O, during a press conference, only 68 people used the application to prevent people they encountered from becoming infected. And only 14 users of the application have received an alert...
    Donald Trump is reportedly furious over the low turnout at his much-hyped rally in Tulsa on Saturday while his campaign blasted claims that teens on TikTok and K-pop fans trolled the president by ordering tickets to the event without ever intending to actually be there.  In a statement, the Trump campaign blamed the 'fake news media' for 'warning people away from the rally' over COVID-19 and protests against racial injustice around the country.  'Leftists and online trolls doing a victory lap, thinking they somehow impacted rally attendance, don´t know what they're talking about or how our rallies work,' Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale wrote.  'Reporters who wrote gleefully about TikTok and K-Pop fans - without contacting the campaign for comment...
    Fox News Media and SiriusXM have expanded their existing broadcast partnership, and original content by Fox News Podcasts and flagship radio programs will now be available to Pandora’s users. “We are thrilled to expand our longstanding partnership, ensuring SiriusXM and Pandora’s combined over 100 million listeners continued access to our cutting edge news coverage, as well as our best in class lifestyle and opinion programming.” Fox News Audio vice president John Sylvester said. SiriusXM is the parent company to Pandora, which has more than 60 million monthly users. Fox News Radio’s three nationally syndicated talk shows, “The Brian Kilmeade Show,” “FOX Across America with Jimmy Failla” and “The Guy Benson Show” will now be available to Pandora listeners. CNN’S CHRIS CUOMO CAUGHT NAKED IN BACKGROUND...