Beijing-based ByteDance, led by CEO Yiming Zhang, has built TikTok and Douyin into some of the world’s most popular apps with more than a billion users between them who share short video clips of things like lip-syncing and dance videos. That has made ByteDance the most valuable tech startup in the world, challenging the dominance of U.S. companies like Facebook Inc. and Snap Inc. … [Read more...] about ByteDance is seeking a new CEO for its TikTok business
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When Shubhankar Rawat, 39, bought a Kia Seltos sports utility vehicle in late December, he says it felt like an upgrade. The Korean automaker’s first offering on the roads in India was loaded with features thus far unheard of in a mid-segment car. It’s loaded with bells and whistles — three screens, including a retractable one, to handle vehicle health, navigation and entertainment duties; cameras and sensors all over; ventilated seats; the works. “It feels like top-end car features at a price point where Merc, BMW and Audi don’t even have a product,” says Rawat, a Gurgaon-based portfolio manager. The luxury carmakers, of course, have raced ahead on innovation and top-end models boast of voice and gesture controls with almost every part under the hood embedded with sensors, capturing data continuously with help just a touch away. Car companies have long tried to load vehicles with tech. But the level of tech and tech-enabled services in popular … [Read more...] about How India’s car market is undergoing a rapid change
Apple ‘fighting’ for its Lightning port with the EC even in 2020, somewhere indirectly confirms that these accessories will continue to exist and might as well come in the 2020 iPhones as well. The new iPhones are said to arrive later this year. There’s also a rumoured iPhone SE 2 that is said to arrive in the first half of 2020. That is also expected to use the Lightning port. … [Read more...] about Apple gives a ‘Lightning’ reply to EC, indirectly says no Type-C port for 2020 iPhones
“Our investigation has determined that a change made to the database’s network security group on December 5, 2019 contained misconfigured security rules that enabled exposure of the data. Upon notification of the issue, engineers remediated the configuration on December 31, 2019 to restrict the database and prevent unauthorized access. This issue was specific to an internal database used for support case analytics and does not represent an exposure of our commercial cloud services,” says the official statement released by the Microsoft Security Response Center. … [Read more...] about Microsoft Accidentally Exposed Data of 250 Million Users; Why Aren’t We Shocked Anymore?
London-based Merlin said its roster of members spans more than 60 countries and includes tens of thousands of independent record labels, distributors and artist management companies. The news came as TikTok opened an office in Los Angeles to advance its ambitions in the US. … [Read more...] about TikTok inks music deal with Merlin as it sets up shop in California