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Report: Facebook held serious acquisition talks with Musical.ly

Chinese technology firm Bytedance bought social-video app Musical·ly for reportedly north-of-$800m in November 2017. Then, in August 2018, it folded Musical·ly into TikTok (obligatory reminder: Musical·ly had nothing...
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Bytedance faces US national-security review of Musical.ly acquisition

US politicians have been expressing unease about TikTok and its Chinese parent company Bytedance in recent weeks. Now it seems the latter company is facing a national-security review of its 2017 acquisition of social app...
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TikTok pays $5.7m in FTC settlement over children’s privacy

Early on in our coverage social-video app Musical.ly, we warned that its large audience of pre-teens represented a big risk for the company, in terms of staying on the right side of children’s privacy legislation like COPPA...
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TikTok culture is wider (and possibly crueller) than its app

Many people in the music industry are trying to get a handle on social-video app TikTok: particularly how young people are using it, and what kind of culture is growing around their shared clips. If you’re one of those...
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Can Facebook ‘Lasso’ teenagers with its new music app?

A 12-month period of misdirected tweets and school-holidays calls to the Music Ally office thinking we were social-music app Musical.ly gave us a ringside seat to the app’s rapid growth, before it was acquired by Chinese...
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Report claims social app TikTok gained 30m users in three months

Chinese tech firm Bytedance bought social app Musical.ly (obligatory clarification for new readers: nothing to do with us) earlier this year, then merged it with another app called TikTok, which offers similar ‘share your...
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TikTok owner Bytedance valued at $75bn following $3bn funding round

Spending $800m on social-music app Musical.ly only to shut it down months later in a merger with similar app TikTok? Anyone questioning Chinese firm Bytedance’s strategy may be in for a surprise at the news that it’s...
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Facebook adds more music features amid rumours of TikTok-style app

Facebook’s music-licensing deals continue to fuel new features for the social network, with several more announced yesterday. However, the most interesting may be something that hasn’t yet been announced: a full-on standalone...
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Report 411: The Teenagers Issue

Teens have been the driving force behind popular music and popular culture for almost a century and we use this issue to look at not only how they have shaped music in the past (as both creators and consumers) but also how...
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Sandbox Issue 182: Loose Lips Sync Hits

Lead: Musical.ly wasn’t the first lip syncing app, but it is comfortably the biggest. It now claims to have 200m users and offers a direct route to a young audience that sits outside of both traditional media and the...
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Musical.ly now has 40m daily active users

Social app Musical.ly continues to grow at a clip, with CEO Alex Zhu claiming yesterday that it now has 40 million daily active users uploading a million new videos a day. More than 130 million people have so far registered...
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Flits is a livestreaming app focused on music

We’ve been writing regularly about livestreaming video apps, from Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook’s ‘Live’ feature to startups like YouNow, Live.me and Musical.ly’s Live.ly. Flits is  another one for the list,...