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TikTok parent may have bought AI music start-up Jukedeck

Music Telangana Today

Founder and CEO of Jukedeck, Ed Newton-Rex, describes his profile at LinkedIn as Director of ByteDance's AI Lab, according to industry news outlet Music Ally.
'London: Beijing-based ByteDance, which owns popular short video-sharing app TikTok, may have acquired UK-based Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered music startup Jukedeck, the media reported.Jukedeck has developed a tool that could automatically generate music and then allow users to adjust the length, tempo, and where it climaxed, The Verge reported on Tuesday.TikTok users often embed music creatively in their videos and the tool provided by Jukedeck could offer them greater creative control. “It could also help TikTok avoid some big monetary and licensing issues: TikTok has to pay for all that music, so the more royalty-free tracks people are using, the less the app has to worry about record labels,” said the report.While neither Jukedeck, nor ByteDance has confirmed the deal, LinkedIn profiles of Jukedeck CEO, as well as several of its employees, list them as employees of ByteDance.Founder and CEO of Jukedeck, Ed Newton-Rex, describes his profile at LinkedIn as Director of ByteDance’s AI Lab, according to industry news outlet Music Ally.Jukedeck’s website is now offline, too, with a message saying “We can’t tell you more just yet, but we’re looking forward to continuing to fuel creativity using musical AI!” Tiktok has been installed 1.27 billion times so far, according to mobile app intelligence firm.Sensor Tower.But TikTok is not the only app that ByteDance owns.Helo is another popular app owned by the Beijing-based start-up.It has a portfolio of applications available in over 150 markets and 75 languages. . The post TikTok parent may have bought AI music start-up Jukedeck appeared first on Telangana Today .'

Government seeks reply from TikTok on security, ‘age gate’

Politics Telangana Today

The social media platforms have time till July 22 to reply to the questions or face ban in the country, according to sources.
'New Delhi: The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) has sought response from controversial social media apps TikTok and Helo on a set of questions, ranging from whether the apps are considering storing data within India and what measures they were taking to prevent users below age 18 from getting exposed to potentially dangerous content.The social media platforms have time till July 22 to reply to the questions or face ban in the country, according to sources.The notice was sent to the operators of the apps on Wednesday after Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) economic wing Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) sent a letter to the Prime Minister, alleging that these social media platforms were being used for anti-national activities.The IT Ministry asked what data from users in India are being collected by these platforms.It also sought clarifications on allegations that the Helo app had paid a huge sum for putting 11,000 morphed political ads on other social media platforms.One particular focus of the questions were around the security of users below age 18.Specifically, it asked what was the rationale behind the minimum age limit (13) to use TikTok in India when “a person below 18 is considered as child in the country”. TikTok introduced “age gate” to restrict children from using the app.The ministry asked whether this age gate mechanism restricts users below age 18.In a statement shared with IANS, TikTok said it welcomes the “opportunity to fully collaborate with the government to meet and exceed our obligations”. “India is one of our strongest markets and we are happy to be part of the mainframe of Digital India in 15 Indian languages,” TikTok said in a statement. “In line with our commitment to India, we are investing $1 billion in India over the next three years, with a strategic focus on developing technology infrastructure, establishing local partnerships and supporting initiatives such as the Skill India Program which we are proud to be assisting with already,” said the short-video-sharing app owned by Chinese start-up ByteDance.The operators of TikTok earlier this year agreed to pay $5.7 million to settle the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) allegations that the company illegally collected personal information from children.In April this year, the Madras High Court had passed an interim order banning TikTok citing inappropriate and pornographic content.The ban was subsequently lifted. . The post Government seeks reply from TikTok on security, ‘age gate’ appeared first on Telangana Today .'