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Old Vine, New Twitter: What’s the short-form video app that Elon Musk wants to revive?
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Old Vine, New Twitter: What’s the short-form video app that Elon Musk wants to revive?

The new Twitter owner wants to bring back something old. Elon Musk has asked engineers to reboot Vine, the short-form video app, which preceded TikTok and Instagram reels, and was shut down by Twitter in 2016

Influencer accidentally pays Rs 82 lakh for couch, later begs for donation from followers
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Influencer accidentally pays Rs 82 lakh for couch, later begs for donation from followers

In the video, the 21-year-old can be heard saying that she “was joking” while putting in her card details, but eventually the website charged her account

TikTok takes on Amazon, plans to launch live shopping in the US with Amazon-like fulfilment centres
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TikTok takes on Amazon, plans to launch live shopping in the US with Amazon-like fulfilment centres

TikTok is planning to start a new e-commerce platform following Amazon’s footsteps, quite literally. They too are planning to start with books, just like Amazon did in the mid 1990s. ByteDance has already started hiring people in the US to start their operations.

Watch: Explorer finds lost Italian chapel abandoned since 2009 earthquake
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Watch: Explorer finds lost Italian chapel abandoned since 2009 earthquake

The video shows the remains of the chapel which has not been razed to the ground with a few relics still inside.

Turkey teeth: A viral trend or a dental disaster?
Health

Turkey teeth: A viral trend or a dental disaster?

Turkey teeth is a name given to a viral sensation where people go to Turkey for dire cut-price dental treatment but end up having several complications

Instagram is testing features copied from up-and-coming rival photo sharing app, BeReal
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Instagram is testing features copied from up-and-coming rival photo sharing app, BeReal

Instagram & Meta have a history of copying features from rival social media apps. Instagram is apparently working on a feature that comes from its up-and-coming rival, BeReal.

The horrifying story of Sania Khan, the US woman killed by ex-husband for talking about divorce on TikTok
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The horrifying story of Sania Khan, the US woman killed by ex-husband for talking about divorce on TikTok

Sania Khan, 29, had been posting videos on TikTok about leaving a toxic marriage, moving on with her life as well as the obstacles she’d been facing from her family and community. Then, her estranged husband turned up at her doorstep with a gun

Pink Sauce goes viral on TikTok: Why has the FDA jumped in?
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Pink Sauce goes viral on TikTok: Why has the FDA jumped in?

A private chef from Miami invented Pink Sauce, which has now gone viral on TikTok. It contains dragonfruit among other ingredients. But how safe is it?

Instagram faces backlash for TikTok-like features, to pause certain features users complained about
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Instagram faces backlash for TikTok-like features, to pause certain features users complained about

Just days after Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri doubled down on the recent changes to the app that has made Instagram more like TikTok, the platform has announced that they will be pausing some of the features that users and prominent creators like Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian have complained about.

Explained: The ‘blackout challenge’ on TikTok being blamed for the deaths of several children
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Explained: The ‘blackout challenge’ on TikTok being blamed for the deaths of several children

The challenge, circulating on the video-sharing app, makes a sport of choking oneself until passing out. Parents in their lawsuit have accused TikTok’s algorithm of intentionally promoting the trend to their children

TikTok moves all US traffic to Oracle servers amid claims of user data being accessed from China
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TikTok moves all US traffic to Oracle servers amid claims of user data being accessed from China

The announcement came as the popular video snippet-sharing service fended off concerns about the ability of engineers in China to access information about US users that isn't public.

TikTok is planning to relaunch in India through local partnership, here’s everything one needs to know
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TikTok is planning to relaunch in India through local partnership, here’s everything one needs to know

Banned in 2020, the short video platform TikTok is planning to stage a comeback in India. The parent company of the short video platform, ByteDance is looking for partners in India so as to meet with the regulations that got them banned in the first place.

How Metal Lords on Netflix serves as a reintroduction of metal to the TikTok generation
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How Metal Lords on Netflix serves as a reintroduction of metal to the TikTok generation

There was a time when metal was so much more about the current youth than the previous generation. Metal Lords attempts to remind Gen-Z that the 'outsider' exists in every generation, and metal will continue to be their sonic identity.

Watch: Visually-impaired girl aces shot at basketball game, crowd screams with delight
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Watch: Visually-impaired girl aces shot at basketball game, crowd screams with delight

In the video, Jules Hoogland, who is blind, is seen attempting a shot from a distance into the hoop. The girl lost her eyesight when she was three but her perseverance has never dampened her spirit.

Beyond cute cat videos: How Russia is using TikTok to tell its story of the invasion
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Beyond cute cat videos: How Russia is using TikTok to tell its story of the invasion

As Russian troops invade cities, armies of trolls are employed online to stir up anti-Ukraine sentiment. On TikTok, clever videos serve up Russian nationalism with a dash of humour

Netflix, TikTok block services in Russia to avoid crackdown
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Netflix, TikTok block services in Russia to avoid crackdown

Providers of internet-based services and apps have been mostly reluctant to take actions that could deprive Russian citizens of social media services and other sources of information.

Video of TikToker harassing wild elephant in Sri Lanka goes viral, cricketer Mahela Jayawardena reacts
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Video of TikToker harassing wild elephant in Sri Lanka goes viral, cricketer Mahela Jayawardena reacts

In the video, the person can be seen provoking and scaring the elephant by driving the vehicle close to the gentle giant

Watch: Woman uses vibrator as face massager, leaves netizens divided
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Watch: Woman uses vibrator as face massager, leaves netizens divided

Despite people calling out her mistakes in the comment section, Hillary has continued to post follow-up video with her ‘face massaging’ tool

TikTok, YouTube, Snapchat defend impact on children at US hearing
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TikTok, YouTube, Snapchat defend impact on children at US hearing

While a recent whistleblower-fueled controversy has focused on Facebook's knowledge that its sites could cause harm, other social media giants also grapple with safety issues

Watch: Man creates job application by grooving to 'I Will Survive'; gets flooded with offers for innovative style
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Watch: Man creates job application by grooving to 'I Will Survive'; gets flooded with offers for innovative style

Jaye Beech, a marketing professional, had lost his job during the pandemic, and while most people have taken to platforms like LinkedIn to find vacancies, Beech had a unique idea to search jobs