A Countdown Till The Trade War Tackles TikTok? – Do Not Read Until Tuesday
An extra day to not-read – can you do it? Do Not Read Until Tuesday.
The Huawei things are going, could it be a countdown till the Trade War tackles TikTok?
In recent weeks, the Trump Administration, after a prolonged campaign against Chinese phone manufacturer Huawei, effectively blacklisted the company. Just a few days after the ink on the executive order dried, Google revoked Huawei’s Android license, leaving it reliant on the open-source version of Android.
The blowback doesn’t end there, however, as Intel and Qualcomm have also ceased working with Huawei.
The company’s woes don’t end at the U.S. border either, as chipmaker ARM, based in the UK, also announced it would cease trade.
Meanwhile, another Chinese company, ByteDance, made a number of more positive announcements this week. It, the owner of social phenomenon TikTok, has launched a new chat app. It may also square off with Spotify and Apple Music in the music streaming market.
Those apps aren’t necessarily targeted to the U.S. Market, but as the company gains prestige, it may fall under the ire of the government.
The Huawei ban has a two-fold affect: Shutting off alleged security and privacy issues linked to a foreign company and government, and diverting business to U.S. companies, or those more friendly to U.S. interests.
As TikTok gains more users – and by so, more user data – the government could build a case against what is currently the hottest social media platform. Currently, Snapchat’s lost its next-big-thing appeal, and Instagram’s having trouble cracking that TikTok je ne sais quoi. (It did bring horizontal videos to IGTV though.) Cutting TikTok off, or forcing a sale could change the market considerably.
Sound crazy? They’re already doing it with Grindr.
Odds + The End
- Another casualty? The Game of Thrones finale got blocked in China.
- Facebook has removed more than 2 billion fake accounts so far this year.
- 2 🦆ing billion!
- Apple has a new proposal to track ad performance without tracking users.
- It also sent provocative invites for WWDC, kicking off June 3.
- Google may have never cracked social media, but it definitely took some cues on data protection.
- Not even Spotify is immune to ‘suspicious activity’, prompting the streaming service to reset user passwords en masse.
- Influencers were targeted in the latest Facebook/Instagram leak.
- Time to start paying attention to favicons again? Google will now show them in search.
- Alexa may soon be able to tell your mood, and Google Assistant may be able to tell you … your train’s late because some ding-dong is going around tripping emergency brakes I guess?
- GA will also get more integration with Maps, and allow for food ordering though.
- But since voice assistants may be reinforcing sexism, maybe just take a CitiBike, now available in the Lyft app.
- Just, uh … don’t do it while crossing the street.
- And Khaled’s on Waze for some reason.
- So it’s come to this: Rotten Tomatoes will now require proof of purchase for audience reviews.
- Ready for some 23-and-Me influenced travel plans? Well too bad, Airbnb’s doing it anyway.
- Weekly Elon Musk Social Approval Rating: 85%.
- Mainly because Tesla hired the “Absolute Unit” guy.
- Fortnite: Think of the Children!
- This Week In Mad Lib Headlines: “Game of Thrones Star Joins Board of Cryptocurrency Startup for Vegans.”
- Oh, and Bronn’s not the only sellsword in the Vale of Silicon – Arya’s moving the needle on her own venture – a collaboration app called Daisie.
- If you knew HQ Trivia had “seasons”, you’ll probably already know its fourth season started this week.
- Facebook purged a bunch of fake news focusing on Africa; looks like Europe should be next.
- Roku launched a new tool to capture TV ad budgets.
- May 23, 2019