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News broke on Friday that TikTok-owner ByteDance is being pressured by the Trump administration to divest its US business, and Microsoft was in the running to buy it up.
Trump then said on Friday he was banning the app, possibly as soon as Saturday. The ban has yet to materialize.
Trump's comments reportedly halted Microsoft's acquisition talks, but on Sunday Microsoft announced it was resuming discussions with TikTok.
Here's everything we know so far.
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TikTok has had a turbulent 72 hours.
The wildly popular short video app has become the subject of increasing criticism in the US due to the fact it is owned by Chinese tech giant ByteDance, a fact which some officials and lawmakers including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo say make it a national security threat.
As US-China relations have deteriorated over the course of 2019 and 2020, TikTok is under mounting scrutiny.
On Friday this pressure erupted, with President Trump telling reporters he would ban the app imminently. His comments coincided with reports that ByteDance was in talks to sell off part of TikTok to interested investors — most prominently Microsoft.
Here is a timeline of what's been going on with TikTok:For context, TikTok is wildly popular and hit 2 billion downloads in April.
TikTok is outperforming Instagram in terms of downloads, and its short-form video clips regularly go viral on rival social networks.
TikTok has 200 million users in the US, but its Chinese roots have made US lawmakers uneasy.
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States in late 2019 contacted ByteDance expressing concerns that TikTok posed a threat to US citizens.
In December 2019, the US Army banned personnel from using TikTok. The Navy also told personnel not to install the app on government devices.
The US started signaling in early July that it might ban the TikTok app outright.
When asked by Fox News about a potential ban on July 6, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said: "We are taking this very seriously and we are certainly looking at it."
He added that US TikTok users should be wary of the app, saying their data could end up "in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party."
In an interview broadcast the following day, Trump said he was considering banning the app.
When asked about Pompeo's comments in an interview broadcast Tuesday, July 7, Trump said: "It's something we're looking at."
Trump's reasoning for potentially banning TikTok differed from Pompeo's. Rather than citing national security concerns, Trump suggesting a TikTok ban could be deployed to punish China for the outbreak of the coronavirus.
"Look, what happened with China with this virus, what they've done to this country and to the entire world is disgraceful," Trump said, adding that banning TikTok was "one of many" options he was considering as a way to punish China.
Amid these political rumblings, news emerged Friday that Microsoft might buy parts of TikTok.
The New York Times first reported TikTok was in talks to sell its US business to Microsoft and other US companies because Trump was considering taking action against the company.
According to the Times' sources, the governmental Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) ordered TikTok's parent company ByteDance to divest the company on national security grounds.
The same day, President Trump told reporters on Air Force One he would ban TikTok in the US within 24 hours.
"As far as TikTok is concerned we're banning them from the United States," Trump said, adding that he planned to take action "as soon as Saturday."
It is not clear whether Trump has the authority to ban the app, although he asserted he could do so "with an executive order or that."
TikTok's US office said on Saturday saying it wasn't going anywhere.
In a video by TikTok's US general manager Vanessa Pappas addressed to its US users, she said "we're not planning on going anywhere" and "we're here for the long run."
She said that TikTok is planning on creating 10,000 jobs in the US over the next three years.
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On Sunday, Mike Pompeo said the administration would be taking action against TikTok within days.
Talking to Fox News, Pompeo said Chinese software companies including TikTok "are feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist Party, their national security apparatus."
"President Trump has said 'enough' and we're going fix it, and so he will take action in the coming days with respect to a broad array of national security risks," said Pompeo.
The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that Microsoft had put its acquisition talks on hold due to these confusing signals from the government.
Citing people familiar with the matter, the Journal said the talks between Microsoft and ByteDance hit a speed bump following Trump's comments on Air Force One. One source said the comments caught both TikTok and Microsoft completely by surprise, while another said the Trump administration had been intimately involved in discussions between the two companies for weeks.
Microsoft publicly announced on Sunday it was resuming talks to buy parts of TikTok after its CEO spoke personally with Donald Trump.
"Following a conversation between Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Donald J. Trump, Microsoft is prepared to continue discussions to explore a purchase of TikTok in the United States," the company said in a blog post.
Microsoft's blog also said the company is looking to buy up not only TikTok's US business but also in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
"Microsoft will move quickly to pursue discussions with TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, in a matter of weeks, and in any event completing these discussions no later than September 15, 2020. During this process, Microsoft looks forward to continuing dialogue with the United States Government, including with the President," it said.
Any potential acquisition will be overseen by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
It isn't clear what a new Microsoft-owned TikTok would look like, but early indications suggest it's about who owns the data
Microsoft's announcement doesn't explicitly state what a new, Microsoft-owned TikTok across the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand might look like. The idea of another hived-off TikTok app that operates only in these markets under Microsoft seems drastic.
One part of the announcement suggests a deal would focus on who owns the data of TikTok users in these markets and where it's stored. As Microsoft wrote: "This new structure would build on the experience TikTok users currently love, while adding world-class security, privacy, and digital safety protections. The operating model for the service would be built to ensure transparency to users as well as appropriate security oversight by governments in these countries."
But it isn't clear how this might impact TikTok in other major markets such as, for example, Europe.
It emerged that Microsoft and TikTok now have 45 days to conclude their talks.
Three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters Trump only gave Microsoft the go-ahead for its acquisition talks with TikTok on condition that it closes the deal in 45 days.
According to Reuters' sources, Trump softened his stance on TikTok following pressure from his advisers and other Republican party members, who said banning TikTok would trigger a wave of legal challenge as well as alienating young voters ahead of November's presidential election.
According to Bloomberg, Microsoft isn't the only company in the running to buy TikTok.
US officials have had talks with at least one other large company apart from Microsoft about potentially acquiring TikTok, a source familiar with the talks told Bloomberg. The source did not say which large company this was.
It's also still possible that rather than sell TikTok, ByteDance might spin the company off entirely.
The South China Morning Post reported Sunday that ByteDance's founder Zhang Yiming as well as its investors are reluctant to sell TikTok, citing a source familiar with the matter.
His preference is instead for a spinoff that would enable TikTok to operate independently, and in the US.
Analysts told Business Insider the potential acquisition was unexpected from Microsoft, but it could be a smart move for the company to break into the social media market.
Microsoft's interest in TikTok was seen by analysts as a departure from its typically enterprise-based business model.
"It's a little bit out of left field, but for Microsoft, the one area where they missed the boat was social media," Wedbush Securities analyst Dan Ives told Business Insider.
Futurum Research analyst Daniel Newman said an acquisition could position Microsoft as a savior for TikTok's predominantly young user base. "The rising generations are very attached to this platform [...] Microsoft has the opportunity to be the hero here," Newman said.
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Make the most of your time indoors with a daily dose of celebrity news and guides to the best shows. Sign up to the entertainment newsletter. While large public gatherings remain off limits for the time being, Fleabag star Andrew Scott is set to give theatre-goers a special lockdown treat in a bid to ignite the box office. Andrew will perform to viewers at home live from The Old Vic in London in a production of the new play Three Kings. The production will be live-streamed from the empty theatre as part of the In Camera series. The Old Vic has said the series is “crucial in igniting the box office now all our usual channels of revenue have been entirely wiped out”.Three Kings has been penned by Stephen Beresford, who describes it as being about “fathers and sons, the gifts and burdens of inheritance, and the unfathomable puzzle of human relationships”.Andrew will take to the stage in five special performances, beginning next week, which will use the empty auditorium as a backdrop. The Old Vic’s artistic director Matthew Warchus said: “I am hugely grateful to Stephen for writing this play specially for the Old Vic: In Camera series and to Andrew for agreeing to perform it.“Their generous support of The Old Vic at this critical time and their spirit of adventure in joining us in this crucial fundraising experiment is enormously appreciated.”The move comes after former The Crown stars Claire Foy and Matt Smith reunited to star in a socially-distanced production of Lungs as part of the series at The Old Vic.The theatre says its In Camera series is a “creative experiment and also crucial in igniting the box office now all our usual channels of revenue have been entirely wiped out and we fight to preserve this beloved theatre for our audiences, surrounding schools and communities, staff, crew, and the myriad of writers, performers and creatives that work with us.”The government has announced that indoor performances with socially distanced live audiences will be allowed, subject to the success of pilots, from 1 August.But Jon Morgan, director of Theatres Trust, has warned that the majority of theatres will not be able to reopen while social distancing is still in place because it is not financially viable.The Old Vic also announced that Dermot O’Leary will host a live one-off Old Vic: In Conversation event with Andrew Scott.Three Kings will be live streamed for five performances from 29 July to 1 August, with tickets priced from £10 to £40.READ MORE:
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Building apps with microservices provides developers with greater speed and agility than traditional architectures. However, each code change still incurs risks, setting the stage for potential failures if code quality issues aren’t discovered and addressed. To mitigate those risks, applications teams should implement modern, cloud-native routing strategies that make it easier to test for danger and ensure that applications are truly ready to be deployed in production environments.The following four deployment strategies use routing techniques to safely introduce new services and features, test functionality and make iterative improvements, identify and eliminate vulnerabilities, and more. Together, these approaches are a virtual toolbox that applications teams can reach into for reducing risk during the development and deployment of microservices-fueled applications. Understanding their differences and similarities will be key to knowing how to take best advantage of them in your own environment.To read this article in full, please click here
The platform confirmed on Twitter that users who are part of the test will no longer be able to see the total number of likes and views on photos and videos, unless the post belongs to them.Instagram also noted that it is has received positive feedback from early testing in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand.— Instagram (@instagram) November 14, 2019For influencers, Instagram says it’s actively looking at ways for them to communicate value to their partners.The platform’s head, Adam Mosseri, tweeted out the following announcement on Saturday.Mosseri first touched upon the removal of like counts in the US during an interview at the Wired 25 event.
It's a familiar tale for anyone who follows tech news even a little, thanks to Samsung's high-profile Galaxy Fold fiasco, and it's starting all over again with the latest overhyped entry to the foldable phone fold: the new Motorola Razr, which brings the classic flip-phone form back with a 2019 twist and a $1,500 price tag.But unlike Samsung's initial effort, which struck me mostly as being innovation for the sake of innovation — a showcase for a flashy and technologically impressive new trick that solved no real problems and offered little in the way of meaningful real-world benefit — Motorola's take on the foldable phone seems poised to address a genuine issue and to lay the groundwork, at least, for an interesting new kind of device.It's simple: While the Galaxy Fold and its horizontal-folding arrangement mostly serve to provide a small-tablet-like screen in a normal-ish phone-sized body, the new Razr flips the script and instead aims to offer up a reasonably sized smartphone screen in an exceptionally compact frame.I mean, think about it: Even if we discount all the asterisks surrounding the Fold, the phone's folded-out 7.3-in.Is being able to have three apps on your screen at the same time instead of the standard two something most of us would actually take advantage of often?The new Razr, on the other hand, attempts to address the very real desire some of us have to own a device with a reasonably sized screen but a compact body that's less unpleasant to lug around in our perpetually overstuffed pockets.
The popular novels have already been adapted into a video game series and comic books, but some people have described the upcoming show as Netflix's answer to Game of Thrones.The Witcher tells the story of Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter who kills mythical beasts for money.He's cynical and pragmatic, but Geralt does reluctantly help those in need as he travels the fictional land of The Continent.Netflix tweeted about the series renewal news Wednesday, which is still well over a month before the premiere.Hissrich and executive producer Tomasz Baginski broke down the trailer in a video uploaded to the Netflix Italian YouTube channel on Nov. 12.The two start off explaining one of the big themes of the show, which is rebirth.
When you’re ready to buy a new laptop, you have to choose between hundreds of online stores and up to dozens of physical locations.All of them may sell a variety of models at many price points, but you have to find the right place to shop, and you probably don’t want to make any mistakes.So, we’re making things easier by listing out our choices for the best places to shop for (and purchase) a laptop.Amazon wins the prize of first stop thanks to its vast variety of laptops from manufacturers around the world, and its excellent laptop-buying guide that helps you search for laptops based on your lifestyle (student, travel, etc.)If you want to find all laptops available with a particular set of features, this is one of the best tools online.While Amazon ratings aren’t always the most trustworthy, comparing rating and reviews between your top laptop picks is also a simple, effective way to make up your mind between contenders.
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At the Lianfa Technology conference this afternoon, MediaTek announced that it will release its 5G SoC in Shenzhen on November 26.Although, there is no information on the name of this chip, there are speculations that it will integrate the Helio M70 5G baseband.Thus, it will be the first 5G SoC which integrates the 5G baseband from MediaTek.According to reports, this chip uses the 7nm process technology.In addition, it is the world’s first smartphone chip that uses ARM’s latest and fastest Cortex A77 CPU and Mali-G77 GPU.More importantly, it integrates the Helio M70 5G modem with 4.7Gbps download speed and 2.5 Gbps upload speed.
The OnePlus 7T range hasn't been out for very long, but it's as though that opened up the floodgates for rumours and leaks regarding the OnePlus 8 series - due sometime in Spring 2020.In fact someone has been spotted carrying around what appears to be a prototype version of the OnePlus 8 Pro - complete with a holepunch camera.— Oscar - Momo (@O_s_c_a_r_o) November 8, 2019Yes, interestingly it looks like OnePlus may be ditching the pop-up camera already, because this in-screen camera is part of what appears to be the Pro model - complete with the curved display and the vertical camera array, as opposed to the circular camera array that debuted on the OnePlus 7T.Other points of note are that the camera array looks different than the 7 Pro and 7T Pro (the flash has moved up for some reason), and the back of the phone says 'OnePlus 5G'.Of course there are questions as to whether this is legit, since someone could easily make a fake, though there is an alert slider and the tweet seems adamant that this is the OxygenOS app drawer.
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Humanity faces "untold suffering" unless we significantly improve our efforts to protect the planet, an alliance of international scientists and researchers warn.That warning, published Tuesday in the journal BioScience, summarizes much of the scientific research over the last 40 years and states that the Earth is unequivocally facing a "climate emergency.""We have joined together to declare a climate emergency because the climate change is more severe and accelerating faster than was expected by scientists," says Bill Ripple, professor of ecology at Oregon State University and co-author of the paper.This is familiar territory for Ripple, who wrote a 2017 warning to humanity with the signatures of over 15,000 scientists detailing the damage humans have been doing to the natural environment and urging change.Tuesday's updated warning is specifically focused on the climate crisis and collates reams of annual data on population growth, loss of tree cover, greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption over the last four decades.It shows worrying trends: Most of the measurements of human-induced climate change are going in the wrong direction and have been since 1979.
Malaysia is set to allow ride-hailing firms, including Indonesia’s Gojek, to start operations in the country on a limited scale starting January 2020, Reuters reported.According to Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook, Gojek will start operating in Malaysia based on a proof-of-concept for over six months to gauge demand for its services.The ride-hailing unicorn earlier revealed its plans to expand to Malaysia in 2o2o.Gojek co-CEO Andre Soelistyo also said that the company is looking to shift the ratio of its domestic versus international customers from 80:20 to 50:50 in the next five years.Earlier this year, the Malaysian government agreed to give motorcycle ride-hailing services principal approval in the country.Remove this ad space by subscribing.
As of Monday, Facebook has a new logo.Notably, the new logo won't replace the existing logo for the social-media service named Facebook — it's for the corporate parent of Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook."People should know which companies make the products they use," Chief Marketing Officer Antonio Lucio said in the announcement, adding, "We're introducing a new company logo and further distinguishing the Facebook company from the Facebook app, which will keep its own branding."We're introducing a new company logo and further distinguishing the Facebook company from the Facebook app, which will keep its own branding."Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.There's Facebook, the social-media network used by billions of people around the world, and then there's Facebook, the corporate parent of several major social-media and tech organizations.
Since the release of the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus earlier this year, people have kind of forgotten Samsung’s previous flagship phones.Its 5.8-inch Super AMOLED screen has a so-called Infinity display, which gets its name from not having a hideous notch up top to obstruct your view.Rounding things up nicely are bottom-firing Dolby Atmos speakers fine-tuned by AKG.The S9 is outfitted with a single rear 12-megapixel dual aperture lens that can snap pictures that have plenty of detail and are very natural-looking.The Samsung Galaxy S9 normally retails for $600 but take advantage of Amazon’s $100 discount today and get it for $500.To make the deal even sweeter, you can enjoy an additional $50 off instantly upon approval for the Amazon Rewards Visa Card, bringing the price down further to $450.
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