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President Trump risks giving ammo to his geopolitical rivals with his eye-opening demand for a Treasury cut of any sale of TikTok's US business to a US firm.
Trump explicitly stated on Monday that if lead bidder Microsoft or another US firm were to acquire TikTok from its Chinese parent ByteDance, "the US should get a very large percentage of that price."
China reacted furiously, with the state-owned China Daily writing: "China will by no means accept the 'theft' of a Chinese technology company, and it has plenty of ways to respond if the administration carries out its planned smash and grab."
This is propaganda, but Trump's attitude makes it look like a reasonable position.
Microsoft also risks its reputation by continuing to discuss a deal with TikTok now that Trump has publicly interfered.
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On Monday, President Trump made some eye-popping remarks about the future of wildly popular short-form video app TikTok.
Speaking to journalists on Monday, the president suggested that the US Treasury should get a cut of the deal if TikTok's US business is acquired, or partially acquired, by an American company. TikTok is currently owned by Chinese tech firm ByteDance, and is wildly popular with more than 2 billion global downloads.
The lead bidder for TikTok's business in the US is currently Microsoft, though others are thought to be circling. On Sunday, Microsoft rather unusually confirmed it was in talks to acquire parts of TikTok's business in North America, New Zealand, and Australia, though not in Europe.
Equally unusually, Microsoft also said its CEO Satya Nadella had spoken directly to Trump about the prospective deal.
Here's what Trump said on Monday about talking to Nadella and potentially getting a slice of that deal. His remarks, as is often the case, are not totally coherent but the intent is fairly clear:
"I did say that if you buy it, whatever the price is that goes to whoever owns it — because I guess it's China, essentially [...] I said a very substantial portion of that price is going to have to come into the Treasury of the United States, because we're making it possible for this deal to happen," said Trump.
This is an astonishing situation for the president, and Microsoft, to be in.
The discussions between ByteDance and Microsoft come after months of unsubtle and unproven claims by the Trump administration that the TikTok app spies on American users by hiving off their data to China. The administration has never shared proof of this in public, and ByteDance has consistently denied the claims.
We are now at a point where Trump, who now says TikTok will be banned in September if it can't find a buyer, has essentially strongarmed ByteDance into mulling a sale to a US tech giant.
His public interference has stoked Chinese anger.
The China Daily wrote in response to Trump's remarks: "China will by no means accept the 'theft' of a Chinese technology company, and it has plenty of ways to respond if the administration carries out its planned smash and grab."
This narrative is an inversion of long-running complaints by American corporates of Chinese IP theft, but Trump's attitude now makes China's propaganda look almost reasonable.
What kind of precedent will this set? Why is Microsoft continuing to entertain this deal now that Trump has publicly interfered? And how does this interplay with, and possibly undermine, the delicate efforts of the House Judiciary subcommittee to investigate anti-competitive behavior by the US tech giants?
It is possible to be concerned by the security threats potentially posed by Chinese technology to the US and other Western nations, while also being alarmed by Trump's unashamed political meddling.
Facebook's former privacy chief, Alex Stamos, put it pithily in a Venn diagram:
Updated thanks to some discussion in the replies. pic.twitter.com/m1ccO0xYYN — Alex Stamos (@alexstamos) July 18, 2020
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Coronavirus has changed everything. Make sense of it all with the Waugh Zone, our evening politics briefing. Sign up now.Tory ministers and intelligence agencies did not do enough to investigate or protect the UK from possible Russian interference in the 2016 Brexit referendum, MPs have said in a long-awaited report.The Russia report, compiled by parliament’s intelligence and security committee (ISC), was finally released on Tuesday after months of delay.But No.10 swiftly rejected one of its main recommendations, which was to publish an assessment of whether Moscow tried to influence the EU vote. With no evidence of interference to date, a “retrospective” assessment was “not necessary”, it said.The ISC report found that the UK government “took its eye off the ball” of the Russian threat, underestimated its dangers and is “still playing catch-up” on attempted manipulation of British democracy.In a section entitled “failure to prepare”, it criticised the intelligence agencies for being slow to spot the threat posed by Russia, saying they may have taken action to protect the EU referendum from outside interference if they had recognised it sooner.This was despite “credible” commentary suggesting Russia tried to influence the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, in potentially the first post-Soviet Russian interference in a Western democratic process.The government only “belatedly” realised the the kind of threat Russia could pose to democracy after Moscow’s “hack and leak” operation against the Democratic national committee in the US in the run-up to Donald Trump’s election as president in 2016.The intelligence community “did learn lessons from the US experience” and the government “recognised the Russian threat to the UK’s democratic processes and political discourse”, the committee said. But it went on: “Had the relevant parts of the intelligence community conducted a similar threat assessment prior to the referendum, it is inconceivable that they would not have reached the same conclusion as to Russian intent, which might then have led them to take action to protect the process.”"The government here have clearly let us down" says Kevan Jones MP, over not investigating Russian interference after the 2014 Scottish referendumHe says "serious questions need to be asked"https://t.co/XqUf6IhKR0pic.twitter.com/WlpEbE88Mj— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) July 21, 2020Protecting UK democracy was regarded as a “hot potato” in Whitehall, with no single organisation taking an overall lead and nervousness on the part of the intelligence agencies to be involved in democratic processes.The committee said it understood agencies’ reticence but stressed “that does not apply when it comes to the protection of those processes”.It was noted that MI5 initially provided just six lines of text to the committee’s initial request for written evidence, which has been redacted from the report.The ISC concludes that MI5 should now take primary operational responsibility for combatting the Russian threat to UK politics, with policy responsibility resting in the Home Office’s Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism.The MPs said it would be “difficult, if not impossible” to assess whether Russia influenced the outcome of the Brexit referendum.But they added: “It is important to establish whether a hostile state took deliberate action with the aim of influencing a UK democratic process, irrespective of whether it was successful or not.”Calling for agencies to now assess the impact on the EU referendum, the committee said: “Even if the conclusion of any such assessment were that there was minimal interference, this would nonetheless represent a helpful reassurance to the public that the UK’s democratic processes had remained relatively safe.”ISC members Kevan Jones and Stewart Hosie said that the main responsibility for the failure to pre-empt the Russian threat lay with ministers rather than intelligence agencies.They were sharply critical of the UK government’s failure to assess whether Russia was trying to interfere in both the EU referendum and the Scottish independence referendum.“Who is protecting the British public from interference? In a nutshell, we found no one is,” Jones, a Labour MP, told a press conference.“No one is prepared to accept an overall lead...Protecting it must be a ministerial priority.”Jones also said neither the Department for Culture, Media and Sport nor the Electoral Commission had “the weight to tackle a hostile threat to the UK’s democracy”.Calling for Home Office ministers to work closely with MI5 on future threats, he said: “This needs to be gripped now.“The outrage isn’t that there was interference – the outrage is that no one wanted to know if there was interference.”The SNP’s Hosie said it was difficult if not impossible to prove that Moscow skewed the 2014 Scottish referendum. “It’s worse than that,” he said. “No one in government knew if Russians sought to interfere in or influence the referendum.“The UK government have actively avoided looking for evidence that Russia had interfered.”The ISC also called on the government to create a new protocol with social media companies to bar from their platforms Russian ‘bots’ intent on hostile state activity.Responding to the report, the government rejected the committee’s call for a retrospective assessment of the EU referendum, insisting there is “no evidence” of successful interference.In a lengthy response to the ISC report, the government said: “We have seen no evidence of successful interference in the EU referendum.“The intelligence and security agencies produce and contribute to regular assessments of the threat posed by hostile state activity, including around potential interference in UK democratic processes.“We keep such assessments under review and, where necessary, update them in response to new intelligence, including during democratic events such as elections and referendums.“Where new information emerges, the government will always consider the most appropriate use of any intelligence it develops or receives, including whether it is appropriate to make this public.“Given this long standing approach, a retrospective assessment of the EU referendum is not necessary.”The report’s release is one of the first acts of new ISC chair Dr Julian Lewis, who last week defied attempts by Downing Street to put former cabinet minister Chris Grayling in the post instead.Both Jones and Hosie heavily criticised Boris Johnson and Downing Street for their repeated claims that more work was needed before signing off the report last autumn.Jones said that the PM’s claims were “not true”. “Everyone who needed to see the report in government had done so and we were awaiting for the prime minister to agree the report which was sent to him on 17th October,” he saidLast week, foreign secretary Dominic Raab said that “Russian actors” had tried to meddle in the 2019 general election, but this was after the ISC report was finished.The UK government also said last week that hackers linked to the Russian intelligence services tried to access UK coronavirus vaccine research.Related...
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Coronavirus has changed everything. Make sense of it all with the Waugh Zone, our evening politics briefing. Sign up now.Boris Johnson has said social distancing measures could be scrapped in four months.Speaking in Downing Street on Friday morning, the prime minister said he hoped for a “significant” normality by the middle of November and the the remaining restrictions could be lifted “possibly for Christmas”.“What we are saying is we hope that by November at the earliest we can continue to make progress in our struggle against the virus,” he said.“It may conceivably be possible to move away from social distancing measures, from the one metre rule.”Announcing the next stage of the easing of the coronavirus lockdown, Johnson said he would scrap the advice that people work from home from August 1.But the government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said on Thursday working from home remained a “perfectly good option” and there was “absolutely no reason” to change the advice.Vallance and England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty took part in a cabinet call on Friday morning to discuss the next stage in the government’s coronavirus recovery plan.Local authorities in England will have new powers from Saturday to tackle coronavirus outbreaks, including closing specific premises, shutting outdoor spaces and cancelling events, Johnson revealed.The PM also announced that most remaining leisure centres would be allowed to reopen on the same date.Indoor performances with live audiences would also be allowed and trials would begin of larger gatherings in places like sports stadiums “with a view to a wider reopening in the autumn”.But Johnson warned the public to continue to follow the rules while they were in place.“We can see all too clearly what could go wrong if we don’t continue to follow the guidance,” he said. “There are parts of the world where it’s continuing to spike.”The government also announced today NHS will get an extra £3 billion in funding to prepare for a possible second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.And Johnson used the press conference to commit to a new target of reaching the capacity for 500,000 coronavirus tests a day by November.Related...
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It's been a long time coming -- two years, to be exact -- but the fourth season of Rick and Morty is here.Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat premiered Sunday night, and as a reward for our patience, it's available for free online.Just go to the Adult Swim website and hit play, no signup or credit card required.Although, if you live outside the US, that's an issue.It seems to be a regional access thing only.Rick and Morty season 4 is 10 episodes long and will unfortunately be split into two halves, so the last five episodes will arrive in 2020.