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TikTok is quitting the Hong Kong market over free speech concerns

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TikTok says it’s pulling out of the Hong Kong market in the wake of China’s controversial new law that requires internet companies to hand over user data to local authorities. As per Reuters, the video-sharing platform, which is owned by a China-based startup called Bytedance, will exit the app stores “within days.”

“In light of recent events, we’ve decided to stop operations of the TikTok app in Hong Kong,” a TikTok spokesperson told Reuters.

TikTok was initially planned as a progressively worldwide side project for areas outside Mainland China. In China itself, Bytedance offers a to a great extent comparable short-structure video-sharing application called Douyin. Bytedance, right now, has no designs to bring Douyin to Hong Kong, the representative included.

While TikTok doesn’t have a noteworthy nearness in Hong Kong with supposedly 150,000 clients a year ago, it despite everything is a basic mishap for an organization that lost its greatest market, India seven days prior. The video-sharing application’s choice to leave Hong Kong comes only days after it was restricted in India, which is home to around a fourth of its clients, over information protection worries among many other Chinese applications.

TikTok said that the organization “hasn’t shared any data of its clients in India with any outside government, including the Chinese government,” in an announcement at that point.

The declaration additionally falls when TikTok is progressively attempting to remove itself from its Chinese roots. That connection has welcomed examination for the video-sharing application around the globe. In the United States, TikTok use has been obstructed in a few government offices including the naval force and armed force, refering to comparable security concerns.

While trying to relieve these worries and pacify specialists outside of Mainland China, TikTok has built up a few new workplaces over the previous year and roped in previous Walt Disney official Kevin Mayer as its CEO.

The new security law, which has placed into impact a week ago on the commemoration of the city’s arrival to Chinese control, smothers free discourse and will conceivably permit China to carry its longstanding corrective web firewalls to Hong Kong. Notwithstanding enabling specialists to bring down web posts, the law can even land workers of tech organizations in prison on the off chance that they won’t agree to demands for client information.

In the course of recent days, tech organizations, for example, Facebook, Google, and Twitter said they’re suspending audits of the Hong Kong government’s solicitation for client information as they survey the effect and subtleties of the new law.

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Vivo Has Decided To Walk Out Of Two Major Title Sponsorship Deals Of Big Boss And PKL After IPL |Check Why?

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After parting ways with BCCI for IPL 2020, Chinese firm Vivo quits PKL & Bigg Boss, too

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo has decided to walk out of two more major title sponsorship deals

  • The Pro Kabaddi League (PKL)
  • ‘Bigg Boss’ reality show

It is just after parting ways with the cricket board for the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League.

The Chinese smartphone manufacturer has walked out of these major title sponsorships following the negative publicity it received since the India-China border row.

Original Initial Deals

  • Vivo’s deal with Viacom18-owned Colors Channel for the popular reality show Big Boss was worth Rs 30 crore. The 2020 edition of Bigg Boss, the channel’s flagship property, is slated to launch in October, directly competing with IPL this year.
  • And the deal was of worth Rs 60 crore for PKL(The Pro Kabaddi League)

Vivo’s Take On It ??

Vivo has decided to lie low amid all the negative publicity the brand was generating since the India-China clash on the border.
 If reports have to believe that then the company has taken the decision to exit from all its major deals, at least for this year, and “will focus on selling products via more retail discount and commissions.”

Biggest Advertisers

Vivo has become one of the biggest advertisers in India, courtesy its Rs 2,190 crore IPL title sponsorship with the (BCCI).

The company spends more than Rs 1,000 crore annually on marketing and promotions. It includes Rs 440 crore during BCCI and an additional Rs 120-150 crore during the IPL.

What did Vivo say?

BCCI and Vivo Mobile India said on Thursday that –

They had decided to “break” their partnership for the 2020 season of the IPL.

“Vivo has realized that it will sell more phones rather than advertising, which will attract the public ire, not by advertising but by offering better discounts.

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Best Indian Apps will be announced today, the winner will get a reward of 20 lakh rupees, see this live !!

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Best Indian Apps will be announced today

Taking a further step towards making the country digital and self-reliant, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the ‘Self-reliant India Innovation Challenge’ last month.

Under this challenge, the government has given people the opportunity to create Indian apps in different categories.

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These include everything from photo editing to gaming apps. The best Indian app winning in this challenge will be given a reward of Rs 20 lakh and today is the grand finale of this challenge in which the winners will be announced.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shared a post on his Twitter account

He posted about the Grand Finale of Best Indian Apps and it has been informed that the names of its winners will be announced today.

These apps have been selected by an eminent jury and represent Indian Tech Innovation.

At the same time, the tweet posted on MyGovIndia’s Twitter account stated that the grand finale results can be seen through the live show.

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Timings

This live show will begin at 12 noon today.

This can be seen by visiting mygov’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

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  • The self-reliant India Innovation Challenge has encouraged people to develop Indian apps. It is divided into many different categories, from photo editing to gaming apps.
  • So that Indian users in all these categories can get the facility of Made in India apps.

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides Will have These Latest Exclusive Features Now 

The Government of India has banned 59 Chinese mobile applications, including top social media platforms such as TikTok, WeChat, and Helo, to counter the threat posed by these applications to the country’s “sovereignty and security”.

The govt also cited complaints about data on Indian users being transferred abroad without authorization.

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Google Docs, Sheets and Slides Will have These Latest Exclusive Features Now | Check Out How to Use Them?

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Google Docs, Sheets and Slides Will have These Latest Exclusive Features Now | Check Out How to Use Them

Google announced the new features in a blog post on Wednesday.

The tech giant said that it was announcing enhancements to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slide mobile apps. You can download the apps to avail of these features for Docs (Android/iOS), Sheets (Android/iOS), and Slides (Android/iOS).

Google said in a blog post that the new features aim to help mobile users “efficiently create, collaborate, and communicate.”

Here’s a look at the new features introduced in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides !!

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Latest features introduced in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides

  • Smart writing: This AI-driven tool will help reduce spelling and grammatical errors and speed up writing. This feature was already available on the Web at the beginning of this year and is now starting to be launched on mobile phones.
  • Link preview: Now, clicking on the link in the Google Docs will display a dynamic card with information about the content, such as thumbnails, owner details, the latest activity of the Drive file, titles, etc. You can complete all these operations without leaving the application so that your reading process will not be affected. This feature is available on iOS and will be rolled out to Android in a few weeks.
  • Comment response: Now, you will see the latest annotated subject of the document in Gmail, and you can directly parse or reply through the message. This feature was launched by Google on the Internet last year and is now also available for Android and iOS mobile applications.
  • Comment interface: Google has improved the comment interface to make it easier for team members to collaborate. The new interface makes it easier to scroll through, reply to comments, and @mention other content. It is available on Android and will be rolled out to iOS within a few months.
  • Vertical navigation: Now you can use the “Zoom” function to view the slides as a vertical stream in the slides. This will help to view the presentation faster and make it easier to switch to editing or presenting content.
  • Dark theme: Google stated that the dark theme is supported in documents, tables, and slides on Android and will be available on iOS in the next few months. This feature was launched in July.

 

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