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November 29, 2020
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TikTok’s epic rise and stumble

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TikTok’s rise in the West is unprecedented for any Chinese tech company, and so is the amount of attention it has attracted from politicians worldwide. Below is a timeline of ho....

September 1, 2020
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Netflix makes some movies and shows free worldwide to non-subscribers

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Over the past year, Netflix has attempted to expand its appeal in part by making a title or two free to non-paying users in select markets. Now the American giant is extending thi....

August 15, 2020
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How China’s ACRCloud detects copyrighted music in short videos

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Music is front and center in the rise of TikTok and other short-video apps. It’s not just the video platforms that are harvesting the fruit of their surging popularity. Music rig....

July 13, 2020
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This Week in Apps: US ponders TikTok ban, apps see a record Q2, iOS 14 public beta arrives

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Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry i....

July 5, 2020
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Are virtual concerts here to stay?

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The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the music industry to experiment seriously with virtual concerts. Historically, musicians and their managers have been careful about challenging the tr....

June 30, 2020
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Indian startups diversify their businesses to offset COVID-19 induced losses

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E-commerce giant Flipkart is planning to launch a hyperlocal service that would enable customers to buy items from local stores and have those delivered to them in an hour and a h....

May 22, 2020
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Netflix to start cancelling inactive customers’ subscriptions

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Netflix said Thursday it will ask customers who have not watched anything on the on-demand video streaming service in a year or more if they wish to maintain their subscription &m....

May 13, 2020
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American Idol is shooting on iPhones amid stay at home orders

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The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a lot of otherwise traditional industries to become creative and flexible in ways that might have seemed entirely out of the realm of possibility o....

May 12, 2020
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CRV’s Saar Gur wants to invest in a new wave of games built for VR, Twitch and Zoom

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Saar Gur is adept at identifying the next big consumer trends earlier than most: The San Francisco-based general partner at CRV has led investments into leading consumer internet ....

May 2, 2020
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Streaming service Hooq shuts down, ends partnerships with Disney’s Hotstar, Grab and others

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Hooq, a five-year-old on-demand video streaming service that aimed to become “Netflix for Southeast Asia,” has shut down weeks after filing for liquidation and termina....