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The Politics of TikTok

TikTok, if you’re the average user, is probably nothing but a wonderland of silly videos and exceptional creativity. But it’s also a global platform with 500 million active monthly users that has risen out of nowhere to become an accidental, sociopolitical powerhouse in just three years. And it’s the center of some pretty high-test controversy. …

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India's ban on TikTok solidifies the app's position as an unlikely geopolitical force.

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Minority Report Here at BiTE HQ we try to be positive about the integration of technology and human life, and that’s incredibly easy to do. Impossible things happen every day — jetpacks and commercial space travel, mind-controlled prostheses and bionic exoskeletons. Because technology is amoral, responsible engineers and scientists are working to ensure we use …

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Autonomy and Autocrats

Autonomy on Two Wheels Unless you’re completely shutting out all transportation news (and we’d understand if you were) you’ll have heard about micromobility and the rise of the scooter-share. Naysayers call it a gimmick, an invitation to thieves and vandals (there are entire Instagram accounts devoted to trashing public scooters), and a boon to personal …

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China’s Smartphone Decline and Self-Driving Car Wrecks

Why China’s decline isn’t a big deal After four years of dominance over the US market, the Chinese smartphone market is finally slowing down. In the first quarter of 2015, smartphones shipped in China fell by 4.3% compared to a year ago. Small percentage though it may be, this decline has left analysts wondering if …

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Apple, China Mobile Sign Deal to Offer iPhone – stratēchery by Ben Thompson

Apple, China Mobile Sign Deal to Offer iPhone – stratēchery by Ben Thompson This is a BIG deal: Apple will be launching on China Mobile. This was one of the announcements we’ve been waiting for since the iPhone event a few months back. It should be a huge opportunity for Apple – probably the biggest …

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Apple hires Burberry CEO as SVP of Retail – stratēchery by Ben Thompson

Apple hires Burberry CEO as SVP of Retail – stratēchery by Ben Thompson Ben Thompson on Apple’s hire of Burberry CEO. He is absolutely right that these luxury/fashion hirings of late (Apple also hired Yves Saint Laurent’s former CEO) point to the fact that Apple was doubling down on its luxury status in its lack …

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When will the European Union Five reach smartphone saturation?

When will the European Union Five reach smartphone saturation? Horace Dediu looks at the convergence of the US and EU5 smartphone markets and predicts we will reach saturation in about 2 years. Saturation here means that nearly (but not 100%) of adults who purchase their phone (eg not kids, and not employer-provided phones) will have …

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