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Quibi shuts down six months after going live
Quibi shuts down six months after going live
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Shortform streaming mobile platform Quibi has announced it will shut down on December 1, just six months after going live.

"We feel that we’ve exhausted all our options. As a result we have reluctantly come to the difficult decision to wind down the business, return cash to our shareholders, and say goodbye to our colleagues with grace," the company wrote in a statement, stating that "the idea itself wasn’t strong enough to justify a standalone streaming service or because of our timing."

Quibi will attempt to sell its content and technology in the upcoming months.

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Tencent smash second quarter earnings expectations due to strong games demand
Tencent smash second quarter earnings expectations due to strong games demand
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Tencent reported on Wednesday results. for the three months through to the end of June. that beat analyst expectations in one of the fastest revenue-growing quarters in two years.

The company is one of the targets of the executive order signed by President Donald Trump, prohibiting any transaction related to WeChat, the popular messaging app owned by Tencent.

Revenue from online games, which accounts for one-third of total sales, increased 40% in the second quarter, primarily driven by mobile games including Honor of Kings and Peacekeeper Elite.

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Trump states he plans on banning TikTok in the United States
Trump states he plans on banning TikTok in the United States
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During an Air Force One flight from Florida to Washington, President Donald Trump has stated that "as far as TikTok is concerned we’re banning them from the United States". He added that he has the authority to issue such ban through an executive order, but has yet to follow through on his statement.

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Japan likely to ban TikTok for alleged sharing of domestic user data with Chinese Government
Japan likely to ban TikTok for alleged sharing of domestic user data with Chinese Government
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According to the Japanese national broadcaster NHK, Japan is seeking to ban TikTok for the app's alleged sharing of domestic user data with the Chinese Government. A group of lawmakers has proposed the ban of several in China developed apps which will most likely be submitted to the government by September. Early this year, India banned several Chinese apps, including TikTok, WeChat and others.

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Facebook Messenger adds screen sharing to iPhone and Android
Facebook Messenger adds screen sharing to iPhone and Android
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Facebook has enabled its screen-sharing feature for the latest version of Facebook Messenger on iOS and Android mobile devices.

The new feature supports up to eight people in group chats or up to 16 people in Messenger Rooms. Facebook says it’s working on expanding the feature for up to 50 people in Rooms.