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U.S. Bans TikTok, WeChat from App Stores Amid China Concerns

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Washington — The Trump administration said Friday it would bar the Chinese-owned mobile apps WeChat and TikTok from U.S. app stores as of midnight Sunday, a significant escalation in America’s tech fight with China that takes aim at two popular services used by more than 100 million people in the United States.

In a series of moves designed to render WeChat essentially useless within the United States, the government will also ban American companies from processing transactions for WeChat or hosting its internet traffic.

Similar restrictions will also go into effect for TikTok on Nov. 12 unless the company can assuage the administration’s concerns that the popular social media app poses a threat to U.S. national security. TikTok, which is owned by China’s ByteDance, is currently in talks with Oracle about a deal that could transfer some control to the American software maker. The Commerce Department said the prohibitions could be lifted if TikTok resolves the administration’s national security concerns by the November deadline.

The actions follow an Aug. 6 executive order in which President Trump argued that TikTok and WeChat collect data from American users that could be retrieved by the Chinese government. The administration has threatened fines of up to $1 million and up to 20 years in prison for violations of the order.

TikTok, which does not directly operate in China, has become a wildly popular platform for sharing viral videos in the United States. WeChat is at the center of digital life in China, functioning as a chat app, a payment platform and a news source. It is a vital source of connection for the global Chinese diaspora, but also a conduit for Chinese propaganda and surveillance.

Friday’s move is the latest tangible sign that the global internet, which once promised to break down political borders and connect the planet’s citizens, is fracturing, driven by nationalism and security fears.

People in China, the world’s most populous nation, can’t use the world’s most popular products, including Google, Facebook, YouTube and WhatsApp. Soon, Americans won’t be able to use WeChat. And even TikTok, perhaps China’s most successful digital export, is now under threat in the United States and has already been banned in India.

TikTok spokesman Josh Gartner said in a statement that the company was disappointed in the Commerce Department’s decision.

“We will continue to challenge the unjust executive order, which was enacted without due process and threatens to deprive the American people and small businesses across the U.S. of a significant platform for both a voice and livelihoods,” he said.

Tencent Holdings, which owns WeChat, called the rules “unfortunate” and said it would “continue to discuss with the government and other stakeholders in the U.S. ways to achieve a long-term solution.”

Oracle did not respond to a request for comment.

While the government is ordering a ban on the apps, it will largely be up to Apple and Google — which make the software that backs nearly all the world’s smartphones — to remove the apps from their stores. The two companies could face civil or criminal penalties for failing to comply with the new rules.

Apple and Google did not respond to requests for comment. Both have said in the past that they comply with the local laws in each country they serve.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, in an interview on Fox Business Network on Friday morning, said that the ban would initially have a much greater impact on WeChat.

“For all practical purposes it will be shut down in the U.S., but only in the U.S., as of midnight Monday,” Mr. Ross said.

TikTok would also face some changes, but would still be allowed to function until Nov. 12, Mr. Ross said, at which point it would face a ban if there was no deal that satisfied the administration’s concerns.

“As to TikTok, the only real change as of Sunday night will be users won’t have access to improved updated apps, upgraded apps or maintenance,” he said.

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വാട്ട്സ്ആപ്പ് സ്റ്റാറ്റസ് ഇട്ടയാള്‍ അറിയാതെ അവരുടെ സ്റ്റാറ്റസ് കാണാം ; ചെയ്യേണ്ടതിങ്ങനെ

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വാട്സാപ്പിലെ സ്റ്റാറ്റസിലൂടെയാണ് ഇന്ന് നമ്മള്‍ എല്ലാം ആ​ദ്യം അറിയുന്നത്. ഇതില്‍ പലതും നമുക്ക് കാണാന്‍ താല്‍പര്യമുണ്ടാകും പക്ഷെ കണ്ടു എന്നത് സ്റ്റാറ്റ്സിട്ടായള്‍ക്ക് അറിയാനും പാടില്ല എന്നാണ് നിങ്ങള്‍ ചിന്തിക്കുന്നതെങ്കില്‍ അതിനൊരു എളുപ്പ വഴിയുണ്ട്. ചെയ്യേണ്ടതിങ്ങനെ ,

1. വാട്സാപ്പ് തുറക്കുക.

2. അതിന് ശേഷം സെറ്റിങ്സ് തുറക്കുക

3. അക്കൗണ്ടില്‍ ടാപ്പ് ചെയ്യുക

4. അതിന് ശേഷംപ്രൈവസി എന്ന ഓപ്ഷന്‍ കാണും അതില്‍ ടാപ് ചെയ്യുക.

5. പ്രൈവസി തുറന്നാല്‍ നിങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് ‘Read receipt’ എന്ന ഓപ്ഷന്‍ കാണാം.

6. ‘Read receipt’ ഓഫ് ചെയ്യുക.

7. ഇനി നിങ്ങള്‍ കാണുന്ന സ്റ്റാറ്റസുകളൊന്നും സ്റ്റാറ്റസിട്ടയാള്‍ അറിയാന്‍ പോവുന്നില്ല. ഒപ്പം നിങ്ങള്‍ക്കും നിങ്ങളുടെ സ്റ്റാറ്റസ് കണ്ട കോണ്ടാക്റ്റുകള്‍ കാണാന്‍ കഴിയില്ല.

8. ഇത് തന്നെയാണ് ബ്ലൂ ടിക്ക് ഓഫ് ചെയ്യാനുമുള്ള മാര്‍​ഗം.

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Android 12 coming soon; Google gave the first hints

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Shortly after rolling out the Android 11 for selected users, Google is gearing up to launch the Android 12 developer preview. As per a report by 9to5, a play store update to the Android Beta Feedback app has been spotted. Google has not officially revealed anything about the Android 12 but such as apps are usually used to deliver feedbacks on Android beta builds.

Reports have stated that although Google has not specifically asked beta testers to give feedback about the Android 12, the existence of the Android Beta Feedback app hint at the launch. The 9to 5 report states that the app is unusable and does not reveal or hint at the Android 12 Developer Preview/Beta. However, it is an indication that the Android 12 Developer Preview will be launched soon. If we go back in time, the Android 11’s Developer Preview was rolled out in February instead of March.

Now, if you try to update the Android Beta Feedback app, you will be greeted with a message that says, “Thank you for participating in the Android Beta Program. The program has concluded and at this time we are no longer accepting feedback via the app.”

Another report by Android Central stated that the Android 12 could be rolled out by the end of this year. Google Pixels phones will be the first phones to get the new Android update before any other smartphone. With the new Android update, the Google Pixels phone are also likely to get double-tap gestures on the rear of phones for selected actions. This could be similar to the back tap feature on the iPhones that have rolled out with the iOS 14. The feature lets users tap at the back of the phone to perform certain actions. Users can customize the actions and the number of taps.

The report also states that Google could also tweak the notifications interface and add new themes. With Android 11, Google had rolled out some of the interesting features including Chat Bubbles, New conversations, Dark Mode scheduling, Privacy and Permissions, Airplane Mode without Bluetooth, Support for 5G, and foldable phones. The Android 11 is now available on the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and Pixel 4a. It has also been rolled out to LG velvet and some of the Motorola devices.

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