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TikTok has more than doubled its employee headcount in the first five months of 2020, according to data compiled by LinkedIn.
While the short-form video app has recently faced increased scrutiny from politicians in the US and abroad, its user base continues to grow rapidly.
The company is staffing up its business development team this year, adding 483% more employees in business functions over the last 12 months, according to LinkedIn's analysis.
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TikTok has sparked controversy in recent weeks. The app was blocked in India and faces a potential ban in the US due to privacy and security concerns tied to its owner, China-based ByteDance.
But the app's primary user base doesn't seem to mind.
TikTok has continued to explode in popularity this year, setting a global downloads record in the first quarter. And based on data from a sample of Android users, the analytics firm SimilarWeb estimates the app's number of daily active users in the US is up 8.3% this month from June.
The company has also been accelerating its hiring — including poaching Disney's former head of streaming services Kevin Mayer — as it looks to make money off its fast-growing user base.
TikTok has more than doubled its global employee head count this year, according to data compiled on July 2 by LinkedIn. The company's headcount hit 4,413 employees in June 2020, up from 1,824 in December 2019. Its parent company ByteDance more than tripled its employee count in the US between June 2019 and June 2020, the company told Reuters.
One area that the company is focusing on when adding employees is its global business solutions team, which focuses on roles that TikTok needs to earn revenue — namely sales and marketing jobs. The number of employees at TikTok focused on business development has jumped 483% over the past year, according to LinkedIn's analysis. Marketing was the company's second fastest-growing employee category, with marketing hires rising 143% over the past year.
"We're growing really quickly," Kate Barney, the head of HR for TikTok America's global business solutions team, told Business Insider last month. "There's a ton to do, and we're looking for people who are going to dive in headfirst like the rest of us have."
The company has hundreds of current job openings for roles in cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Austin, where it recently opened a new office.
"The center of this global business team is in New York, but we also hire in Chicago, LA, San Francisco, Austin, Seattle, and Toronto," Barney said.
One of the first things TikTok's recruiting team screens for is whether applicants have actually carefully read through a job description.
"I think as a tip for candidates, it's really to do their homework," she said. "We post the roles that are open, so read that role that you're applying to, and see if you can find anybody else on LinkedIn or anywhere who's doing that role now, and ask them about their experience."
Read more tips on how to get a job at TikTok from Business Insider's interview with Barney here:
A TikTok HR exec breaks down how to get a job at the tech company, from landing an interview to demonstrating 'ByteStyle'
TikTok's hiring spree coincides with a jump in its user base this year
TikTok's month-over-month employee growth rate falls in line with a recent spike in downloads of its app, according to data from the app-analytics firm Sensor Tower.
The company set a new quarterly downloads record after driving 315 million installs across Apple's App Store and Android's Google Play in the first three months of 2020. The company added 879 new hires over the same period, a 48% increase in its employee headcount, according to LinkedIn data.
In recent months, the app has benefited from a sharp increase in engagement on social media among consumers sheltering in place during the coronavirus pandemic.
"Obviously everyone's home and they have more time, so engagement is through the roof," Paul Marobella, chairman and CEO of Havas Creative North America, told Business Insider in April. "TikTok has surged at the moment and gone up in age because people are tuning out news sources. Everybody's looking for an outlet of joy and optimism."
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It’s been over five years since the Senate Intelligence Committee released its investigation into the CIA’s detention and interrogation program after 9/11.The story, which took over newspapers’ front pages and websites’ homepages, didn’t stay in the news cycle very long, according to Daniel J. Jones, the former U.S. Senate staffer who led the investigation.But Amazon Studios picked up the movie version, called The Report, and now, a massive national ad campaign timed to the movie’s release on Friday is putting the story back on the front pages of newspapers and news sites in hopes of reaching a wider audience this time around.“This film will reach a much broader audience.”In a massive national ad campaign sponsored by Amazon, many of the country’s leading newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle and The Dallas Morning News, will be wrapped in faux, redacted versions of their own front pages and mastheads today.“We are relentlessly looking for ways to be innovative with the print publishing platform, and are excited to partner with Amazon Studios on this execution,” said LA Times’ cro, Josh Brandau, in a statement.
Less than two weeks ago, Google announced plans to acquire Fitbit for $2.1 billion.Google could push Fitbit to adopt Wear OS immediately or could support Fitbit OS for years to come, or it could do both — we simply don’t know.A Fitbit spokesperson repeatedly declined to comment and pointed us to the acquisition press release.Fitbit OS 4.1 brings “smart wake,” an on-device alarm that wakes you with subtle vibrations at an optimal time in your sleep cycle.The nightly Sleep Score on-device now gives you a glanceable view of the quality of your night’s rest.Sleep aside, version 4.1 adds a new agenda app for managing your daily schedule, a new clock face switcher that stores five clock faces, and a five-star rating system for the Fitbit App Gallery.
Starting on November 12, a new software release will give Sonos users the ability to stream Spotify music for free without needing a Premium subscription.Until now, the only way to add Spotify as a music service within the Sonos app was to have a paid monthly Premium account.The move comes ahead of the big Black Friday and Cyber Monday retail events that have traditionally driven a lot of sales for electronics companies like Sonos.With an ad-supported free Spotify account and a Sonos system, you can:Access Spotify’s entire catalog on shuffleAccess 15 personalized on-demand playlists, including Discover Weekly, Release Radar, and Daily Mix, as well as favorites like RapCaviar, Viva Latino, and more
The new iPad Pro tablets are now overdue and it's unclear whether they will launch in 2019 or slip into 2020, but we're fairly sure they're coming.Apple's high-end iPad Pro slates are the embodiment of premium hardware, with each new year adding more innovation to the pile, and the 2019 or 2020 iPad Pros are set to build on the fantastic 2018 models.We've also heard thatthe upcoming iPad Pro devices could ditch the LCD screens of old, and instead go for miniLED.Of course, there’s no official confirmation that new tablets will be released at all, but new iPad Pro registration details filed by Apple itself suggest there will be.If you know much about the iPad Pro devices, you know the price is the most off-putting thing about them, as they’re the definition of high-end premium gadgetery, and we wouldn’t expect that to change with the new iPad Pro models, especially if they have any of the upgrades we’re hoping for.For context, the current iPad Pro 11 costs $799 / £769 / AU$1,229 for the option with least storage space, which is 64GB, and $1,549 / £1,519 / AU$2,349 for 1TB capacity, and the iPad Pro 12.9 prices range from $999 / £969 / AU$1,529 to $1,899 / £1,869 / AU$2,869 for the same storage.
Earlier this year, Google’s in-house incubator launched CallJoy, a virtual customer service phone agent for small businesses that could block spammers, answer calls, provide callers with basic business information and redirect to SMS other requests, like appointment booking or to-go orders.Today, CallJoy is rolling out its first major update, which now enables the computer phone agent to have more of a conversation with the customer by asking questions and providing more information, among other improvements.Originally, CallJoy could provide customers with information like the business hours or the address, or could ask the customer for permission to send them a link over text message to help them with their request.Their answer allows CallJoy to offer more information than before, based on what the caller said.For example, if a caller asked a restaurant if they had any vegetarian options, the phone agent might respond: “Yes!Can I text you the link to our online menu?”
As Xiaomi widens its smartphone lead over Samsung in India, a new competitor is increasingly posing a challenge.Realme, a one-and-half-year-old smartphone vendor that spun out of Oppo, commanded 14.3% of the world’s second largest smartphone market in the quarter that ended in September, research firm IDC said on Monday.While Xiaomi, with 27.1% of the local smartphone market share, still dominates the market, the volume of handsets that Realme has shipped in India — 7.1 million — rose at a staggering 401.3% since the same period last year, according to IDC.What’s fascinating about Realme’s expansion in India is just how closely it is replicating Xiaomi’s playbook in the country.Last quarter, the company began selling phones in India through offline stores, which still account for more than two-thirds of all smartphone sales.In terms of online-only shipment, the company’s market share has ballooned to 26.5% in Q3 2019 from 16.5% in Q2 this year, the research firm said.
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The [type of people] who buy [the sort of stuff] from Mothercare will soon have to find another place to buy [whatever it is], as the newly-appointed administrator has confirmed that all 79 of the UK branches are to close.There is no emergency, last-minute, probably-Sports-Direct saviour on the horizon, as it's such a loss-maker that no one's mad enough to touch it, not even Mike Ashley after too many massive cups of coffee.Administrator PwC says the UK operation is being sacrificed for the greater good of the international business, as apparently the rest-of-world part of the chain and its businesses are profitable.The UK arm is therefore about to see a "phased closure" of the entire high street estate, leaving around 2,500 permanent and temporary staff out of work, in yet another chapter of the grim pre-Christmas retail horror storybook.Mothercare boss Clive Whiley said: "...the board concluded that the administration processes serve the wider interests of ensuring a sustainable future for the company, including the wider group's global colleagues, its pension fund, lenders and other stakeholders."The brand may live on as an online retailer, should anyone be up for buying that from the administrator.
Adobe will be bringing another of its desktop-class imaging and graphics apps to the iPad: Illustrator, which is set for a launch in 2020, the company announced today at its annual MAX conference.Last year, Adobe announced a similar plan to deliver Photoshop for iPad, and that app launched on the App Store early on Monday.Illustrator for iPad is still in “early” development, the company said, so we don’t know exactly what it’ll look like relative to the desktop version.But it will focus on making the most of touch and Apple Pencil-based input, which are uniquely available to the iPad.As with Photoshop, documents created on one platform will be available in full fidelity to edit on any others via Creative Cloud storage.The app will be available in a limited private beta beginning immediately, but the group of those with access will remain very tight until Adobe has managed to get further along in the development process.
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A lot's changed in the last few years, particularly in graphics-processing technologies and the demands of the software that depends on them -- predominantly software used to play games and creative applications like 3D tools and video editors.Even if you just need the basics for surfing the web or streaming video, the best graphics card can make your system feel snappier by improving the acceleration of video decoding or redrawing your screens faster.Nvidia uses dedicated silicon RT, or ray-tracing, cores, with a proprietary programming interface that takes more work for developers to support.These include upscaling algorithms, for example, which render for a higher resolution screen using native-resolution textures (while maintaining frame rates); in other words, using textures for 1080p to render for 1440p.So deciding whether you really need the pricey RTX card or can live with a GTX 1660 Ti requires figuring out if your favorite games take advantage of the "right" features.In fact, you may not want to spend any cents at the moment if you're shopping for a card for good 1080p gaming or better.