You tell people that your dog was positive, and they look at you [as if you have] ten heads. [Buddy] was the love of our lives….He brought joy to everybody. I can’t wrap my head around it.
That’s the owner of a German Shepherd, which was the first dog to be diagnosed of Covid-19 in the United States. He died earlier this month. Buddy caught the disease back in April from his owner, and was expected to make a full recovery. Point to note: He also had lymphoma that remained undetected until the very end. So it’s unclear whether the virus or the cancer was the cause of death. Illustration: Parth Savla.
TikTok is having a giant identity crisis
The TLDR: TikTok is having an exceptionally bad week. Japan is considering banning the app. Trump once again threatened to do the same—and US lawmakers are calling for an investigation. The latest: it is being sued for patent violations by a rival app. We look at TikTok’s desperate scramble to free itself from the giant albatross on its neck: that pesky ‘Made in China’ label.
First, tell me who owns TikTok
A $140 billion Chinese company called ByteDance whose CEO Zhang Yiming is a former Microsoft engineer.
In 2016, Zhang introduced a video sharing app, Douyin, for the Chinese market.
In 2017, he launched an overseas equivalent dubbed TikTok—and acquired a similar app Musical.ly the same year.
In 2018, He then folded both together and relaunched the avatar we all now know and love.
TikTok has since become a global powerhouse spreading across 150 markets worldwide, offered in 75 languages.
Its projected revenue for 2020 is $1 billion—which is expected to grow to $6 billion next year!
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