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TikTok is the social media sensation that all of Silicon Valley — and a lot of Washington, DC — has their eyes on. The app, created by ByteDance, became famous for rocketing musicians and dancers to stardom. But as its popularity and influence have grown, so has scrutiny of its privacy policies, security, and influence, with legislators voicing concern about its ownership by a Chinese firm. Meanwhile, social media competitors are doing everything they can to knock off TikTok’s features and usurp its short-form video dominance.

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A nation of lurkers.

I’ve mused before on the correct number of posters and influencers vs lurkers required on text-based social networks — but refrained from commentary on video. (I don’t watch much.) Anyway this survey data suggests my theory applies there too: most people don’t post. That means posters are weird outliers who should be studied in a lab.

About half of TikTok’s users have never uploaded a video; a normal user hasn’t so much as updated their bio. Why, then, is TikTok successful? Posters.


TikTok music features are expanding.

Users in more than 160 new countries will be able to add music they find on TikTok to their streaming platform of choice, TikTok announced today. The “add to music app” feature launched in the US in November, integrating platforms like Spotify and Apple Music with the video app.

Music discovery is huge on TikTok, but the relationship between labels and the tech company are tenuous: earlier this month UMG pulled its entire catalogue from TikTok, including Taylor Swift and Drake, due to disagreements on compensation.


TikTok’s “Add to music app” button is shown on the top left corner when users click into an audio track from a video.
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First X, now the EU is opening formal proceedings against TikTok.

In what Reuters says is the second formal proceedings under the Digital Services Act, EU regulators are looking into whether TikTok has broken rules about safeguarding children and advertising transparency. If found guilty, TikTok could be fined up to 6 percent of its global turnover.

It comes after the EU opened formal proceedings against X over its handling of illegal content surrounding the Israel-Hamas war.


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Reduce, reuse, recycle: the Ubiquitree.

贬别谤别’蝉 something you can do with that dozen or so obsolete Ubiquiti access points you’ve got shoved in your junk drawer.


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May you never know the pain of final_final_FINAL.ppt.

Slide decks: good, useful, necessary in business! Also a scourge against humanity that may exist only for the purpose of bringing unending misery to those who are forced to make them all the time.


TikTok’s Creative Assistant is now integrated with Adobe Express.

Available in english for both free and premium Adobe Express users, the AI-powered TikTok Creative Assistant add-on can write scripts and provide insights into what topics and hashtags are trending on the video-sharing platform, alongside design templates and editing features like the free TikTok video creator.

Once a video has been produced, users can schedule or publish content to TikTok without leaving the Express platform.


A screenshot of TikTok Creative Assistant in Adobe Express showing trending hashtags.
Now you can access Adobe’s basic video editing tools and key TikTok insights together on the same platform.
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The TikTok music situation, explained.

The longer the TikTok / UMG battle drags on, the more I think UMG’s leverage increases. Talked about it on Today, Explained with my pal Sean Rameswaram — and Cory Doctorow also joined this episode, so it’s a fun one.


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TikTok is going full QVC with studios for creators to peddle products from.

That’s according to a new report in The Information, which says the company is opening the studios in “several locations in cities including LA,” which it may or may not charge creators to use for promoting products.

TikTok plunged into US e-commerce last year and plans to start taking a bigger cut of sellers’ profits soon.


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TikTok 诲辞别蝉苍’迟 want you to know too much about hashtags.

The company has started hiding details on how popular hashtags are... after researchers and journalists kept using them as a measure of how widely controversial and harmful topics had spread on the platform.


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YouTube is putting live videos in your Shorts feed.

The next time you scroll through Shorts, you might spot a preview for a live video that you can tap into and watch. You can also continue scrolling to find other livestreams. The setup is similar to TikTok, which already lets you scroll through a feed of live, mobile-friendly videos.


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“Almost like analog VR.”

Painter Steven Novak made what he calls a “portal painting” — a concave painting meticulously made to be a little like sticking your head inside of a 360-degree (or, I suppose, 180-degree, in this case) picture and looking around.

贬别谤别’蝉 another video showing, in more detail, how he made it. He 诲辞别蝉苍’迟 reveal how much it costs to make, but it sounds like it’s... probably more than a Vision Pro.


Inside Google’s morale crisis

At this week’s all-hands meeting, Sundar Pichai faced the music. Plus: ByteDance’s ‘urgency’ push and a big week for Meta.

Today on The Vergecast: the score the Vision Pro deserves, and the future TikTok is foisting upon us.

At one point during this episode, as we discuss our Vision Pro review —?and the reaction we’ve seen from around the web —?Nilay begins to debate how he’s scored every Apple product ever. It’s that kind of Vergecast, y’all. And then, as TikTok loses a key music partner and foists shopping on users everywhere, we wonder: is it time to call the top on TikTok?


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The average TikTok user is over 30 years old.

What started as a kid’s dancing app has changed significantly in recent years. At a Senate hearing on child safety happening now, TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew said the average user on the platform is well into adulthood.

Chew is among the group of tech executives testifying today. Read his full opening statement below.


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TikTok’s moderation team is 400 times larger than Elon’s.

At least it will be once X, formerly Twitter,?hires 100 employees?into its new trust and safety team to moderate its?roughly 500M?global monthly users.

In the run-up to a child sexual exploitation hearing later today with tech CEOs at the US Senate, TikTok says it will spend more than $2 billion on trust and safety globally, administered by a team of more than 40,000 people.?TikTok now has over 170 million monthly active users just in the US, up from 150 million last year, and about 1 billion users globally.


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Universal Music Group is set to pull its music from TikTok.

The corporate home to Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, and Drake is preparing to stop licensing its music to TikTok, due to disagreements over issues like artist compensation and AI, Variety reports.

In an open letter to the artist community, UMG claims “TikTok attempted to bully us into accepting a deal worth less than the previous deal, far less than fair market value and not reflective of their exponential growth.” Its current licensing agreement with TikTok expires on January 31.


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TikTok is one step closer to just being QVC.

The company is building livestreaming studios in cities including Los Angeles, according to The Information. Influencers will then stream and sell products to their followers from the TikTok studios.

TikTok’s future is increasingly looking like an endless digital shopping mall: in an effort to cram more shopping links into content, the company is testing a feature that automatically identifies items in a video and prompts viewers to buy them.


TikTok videos are getting even longer.

At some point, we should probably question whether TikTok is still actually a short form video platform. As TechCrunch reports, TikTok is now testing 30 minute-long videos with some users — which is more like a YouTube video essay than a TikTok clip.

TikTok has gradually stretched the length of videos, and right now users can upload content up to 10 minutes long. Creators who monetize on the platform can also share 20 minute paywalled videos that fans buy access to.


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TikTok is cutting jobs, too.

Around 60 workers in Los Angeles, New York, Austin, and places outside the US were laid off at TikTok, according to a report from NPR. The layoffs mainly affect workers on TikTok’s sales and advertising teams and follow a string of job cuts from other tech companies this year, including Google, Amazon, Unity, and Discord.

Update January 23rd, 5:16PM ET: Added updated details about the layoffs.


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It’s no playing card in bike wheel spokes...

But there’s something satisfying about this TikTok account’s low-tech videos using popsicle sticks, some thick wire, some cardboard, and a power drill to simulate engine sounds.


Today on The Vergecast: the sound of North Sea TikTok, and a preview of the 2024 streaming wars.

Netflix: probably a winner in 2024. Disney Plus: rough times ahead. Peacock? Paramount Plus? Will they even exist in 12 months? Alex Cranz and I get to the bottom of this year’s streaming wars, and also maybe talk E Ink a little. But first: you know that creepy sound on TikTok videos about the North Sea? We have a story for you about that.


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The backdoor reality of crashing Tetris and a call for revolution.

Chad the Bird, a comedy puppet, gives a surprisingly succinct high-level explanation for what happened when Willis Gibson, AKA Blue Scuti, became the first known person to crash Tetris.

This video is also... weirdly inspirational. For a slightly more technical and equally digestible explanation, check out YouTuber HydrantDude’s video.


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One of the world’s top Kim Kardashian: Hollywood players is upset at the game’s cancellation.

I feel for Peppur Triplett, who told Business Insider she turned to the game as a COVID escape. She spent 10 years overall amassing her fortune and becoming the #11 player of Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. And it shuts down in April.

The accessorizing fame game may not be my first choice, but I hate to see someone lose their favorite game. Free-to-play breaks everyone’s heart, eventually.


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