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TikTok's new feature lets users 'Stitch' their videos to other creators' clips

The president of the most powerful country in the world hates TikTok but that hasn't stopped it yet.

Culture

Walmart is probably buying TikTok in the next 24 hours. Yes, Walmart.

As long as the Chinese government doesn't block the deal entirely, that is.

Culture

CEO of TikTok calls it quits following the company's spat with Trump

Just three months after assuming the role, Kevin Mayer is stepping off the job following Trump's politicization of the app.

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Mark Zuckerberg fueled Trump's TikTok suspicions in private White House meeting

The Facebook CEO has been meeting with lawmakers for months about TikTok's 'threat' to the U.S.

Culture

Trump says he supports his political allies at Oracle buying TikTok

Oracle has been close with the Trump administration for years, including the company's CEO serving on his transition team.

Tech

LinkedIn posts are about to get the TikTok treatment

Assuming you're still on LinkedIn, you'll soon be able to flip through motivational networking texts more easily. Hurray.

OK, Boomer

Report: Oracle is now also looking to buy TikTok

Microsoft might not be able to buy the much-maligned app without a fight after all.

Tech

Trump has embraced TikTok competitor Triller, but it would rather he didn't

If the President expected to receive a warmer reception from Triller than he received from TikTok he was sorely mistaken.

Culture

Instagram

Here's your one-stop shop to enter the most hyped sneaker raffles

Bots and COVID-19 have forced retailers to get creative with drops, and Sole Retriever wants to help sneakerheads try to get a W.

Style

Brace yourself for another wave of scams promising COVID-19 cures

Researchers identified two waves of misinformation that have occurred since the outbreak began, and they say another has begun to materialize.

Culture

Facebook ruins Instagram further by merging DMs with Messenger

You may have received a notification telling you about the change when you last opened Instagram. If you haven't, you will soon enough.

Tech

These internet sex educators are picking up where health class left off

Accounts dedicated to sex education have exploded on Instagram over the last few years.

Culture

Sketchy Instagram accounts may have to verify their authenticity with government ID

It could help fight misinformation. And those annoying accounts that always want to collab with you.

Tech

An Instagram 'bug' worked in Trump's favor and at Biden's expense

While vexing for the Democratic presidential hopeful, it further rubbished claims by the right that the platform favors liberals.

Culture

Instagram Reels is Facebook's TikTok clone and its timing couldn't be better

Reels are short-form, edited videos with music. Sound familiar?

Tech

Super Nintendo World sneak peek / Instagram’s delightfully dumb new meme

On this very fun episode, we’ve got stories about an amusement park and a mindless meme.

Input/Output

Leaked emails reveal Zuckerberg acquired Instagram to 'neutralize' a competitor

The Facebook CEO first admitted his intention in an exchange with chief financial officer David Ebersman before backtracking in a later email.

Culture

Instagram may be using your camera when it shouldn't be in iOS 14

Early users of the iOS 14 beta are noticing the photo-sharing app accessing their device's camera even when they aren't using it.

Tech

Facebook

Facebook to remove videos of Trump telling supporters to vote twice

Unless people post with some context explaining just how wrong and illegal it is.

Culture

Apple will postpone iOS 14 mobile ad tracking changes until 2021

Facebook says requiring permission to track app users threatens billions in revenue. Other companies and marketers are worried the move will affect them, too.

Culture

Facebook will pay you to log off so it can study its role in elections

You'll have to wait until mid-2021 to find out the results.

Culture

Facebook's AR glasses will enhance your hearing to superhuman levels

The company is slowly finding ways to make AR glasses useful.

Tech

Facebook invalidates Trump post about mail-in ballots with a blunt new label

The label says that "voting by mail has a long history of trustworthiness." Not that his supporters are likely to care.

Tech

Facebook will sell misleading political ads until a week before the election

The company announced today some new measures to "protect democracy." They're unlikely to do much of that at all.

Culture

Only one of the App Store top 10 apps pays the 'Apple Tax'

Three of the top ten apps belong to Facebook and don't pay any fees. The one in the top ten that does pay, meanwhile, gets a discount.

Culture

Facebook plans to block content to preempt legal challenges

The social network styles itself as a champion of free speech... unless that speech opens it up to regulatory or legal jeopardy.

Culture

Groups are lobbying Biden to keep Facebookers off his ticket

The exclusion call is limited to the higher-ups in the social media giant.

Politics

Twitter

Facebook to remove videos of Trump telling supporters to vote twice

Unless people post with some context explaining just how wrong and illegal it is.

Culture

Amazon is reportedly spying on workers' private Facebook groups

New evidence shows the retailer has secretly infiltrated Amazon Flex online communities to monitor worker dissent or plans to strike or unionize.

Culture

Twitter will now pin tweets to explain Trending Topics

Representative tweets or brief explainer text will provide some much-needed context, which should reduce the prevalence of people thinking a celebrity has died.

Tech

Twitter plans to limit the visibility of copied-and-pasted spam tweets

Copypasta tweets have been used for spreading political propaganda and spam.

Tech

Brace yourself for another wave of scams promising COVID-19 cures

Researchers identified two waves of misinformation that have occurred since the outbreak began, and they say another has begun to materialize.

Culture

Tech companies have no clue how to handle Hong Kong’s new censorship law

Caught between China and its citizens, global tech companies are struggling to find a helpful middle ground.

Culture

White House begs Supreme Court to let Donald Trump block trolls

Like all bullies, the President can dish it but is terrible at taking it.

Culture

Trump’s TikTok obsession / Twitter, quit scaring us!

On this episode, we’ve got a pair of stories from the insane world of social media.

Input/Output

Twitter officially rolls out reply guy pest control to all users

The feature was previously limited to a small group of users but is now rolling out to everyone.

Culture

Prosecutors say you can't go to jail for a retweet, even if you hurt a cop's feelings

Kevin Alfaro tweeted a disparaging photo of a police officer. A New Jersey police department tried to serve him — and four others who retweeted it — felony charges.

Culture