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TikTok was downloaded 738m times in 2019 says Sensor Tower

TikTok was downloaded 738m times in 2019 says Sensor Tower App analytics research companies have been falling over one another to provide estimates for TikTok’s growth in 2019. The latest is Sensor Tower, which has published its summary of a big year for Bytedance’s social app. “ByteDance’s social video app TikTok reached more than 738 million downloads and grossed nearly $177 million globally – more than five times its 2018 revenue – in 2019,” is its headline claim. “TikTok has clocked more than 1.65 billion downloads to date, with new users added in 2019 representing 13 percent year-over-year growth from the 655 million installs the app registered in 2018… Despite having been banned in India in late April, that market still managed to...

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Apple pulls app that let you stalk people you follow on Instagram

Apple pulls app that let you stalk people you follow on Instagram In October, Instagram phased out the “Following” tab. That’s because it shared a lot of information about what your friends and the people you follow were doing on the social network — maybe too much — and Instagram said some people were surprised their activity was showing up there. And now, the company is apparently keeping others from re-creating that idea: Apple has removed Like Patrol from the App Store, according to CNET. At the end of October, Instagram sent a cease-and-desist letter to Like Patrol, an app described by its maker as the Following tab “on steroids,” and on Saturday, Apple reportedly removed it from its iOS marketplace entirely. Like Patrol went beyond the...

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From Tinder to Venmo: These 25 apps changed everything

From Tinder to Venmo: These 25 apps changed everything Games, social media, dating apps and more: Here is a list of 25 apps that had the most impact on our lives in the last 10 years. In the last decade, apps (and by association, smartphones) have become an essential part of our lives. Since the iOS App Store and Google Play launched in 2008 with what seemed like mostly novelty titles, they've grown to include millions of apps that help us communicate, meet new people, listen to music and kill pigs with birds. OK, sometimes we still use our phones to make calls, but apps are so popular there are now apps that tell you how much time you spend using apps on your phone.  As part of CNET's Decade in Review here are...

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What You Need to Know About Instagram’s Latest Account, @Creators

What You Need to Know About Instagram’s Latest Account, @Creators  Given social media's fast pace, it's hard to keep up with its best practices. Take Instagram for example. Every day they have new features and announcements. Are 'likes' going to disappear? Is the new feed order really better than the old chronological order? And the most asked question of them all, what's up with the algorithm? However, you asked, and Instagram answered, literally. In September, they launched, @creators, a profile on Instagram that's all about how to be successful creators on the platform we all love so much. "The whole goal of @creators is really to inspire and empower the next generation of creators on Instagram. So, give them really practical tools and tips but have them hear...

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Instagram chief Adam Mosseri and his family have reportedly been targeted by multiple 'swatting' calls, drawing armed police to their homes in San Francisco and New York

Instagram chief Adam Mosseri and his family have reportedly been targeted by multiple 'swatting' calls, drawing armed police to their homes in San Francisco and New York Instagram chief Adam Mosseri has recently been the target of two false emergency calls that prompted an armed response from law enforcement in New York and San Francisco. Mosseri is one of several Facebook and Instagram executives that have faced similar types of harassment in recent months, according to the New York Daily News. On November 3, someone claiming to be Mosseri's brother called 911 to report that he had gotten in an argument with his wife and shot her three times. The caller told police the incident had taken place in a New...

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