Microsoft reportedly in talks to buy TikTok in U.S.

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Move comes as President Trump plans to demand Chinese parent Co. ByteDance divest the social video app’s American operations. President Trump said on Friday that he was considering taking steps that would effectively ban TikTok from the United States, and Bloomberg reported that the president was planning to order the app’s parent company, ByteDance, to sell its U.S. operations. Read Full Story

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Microsoft is still in active talks to buy TikTok amid Trump threats

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Microsoft may buy the TikTok service in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand only. ByteDance would continue to own and operate TikTok in other markets. Last Friday it emerged that Microsoft was in talks to buy TikTok , the most popular social media app in years. Unfortunately for Microsoft (and TikTok) the app is also a political hot potato. Case in point: Also last Friday President Trump announced that he was considering banning the app due to never-ending national security concerns. Read Full Story

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What will happen to TikTok? The Chinese tech giants’ growth playbook holds clues

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The way the Chinese tech titans supercharge their growth reveals how Bytedance and Tencent might maneuver around Trump’s bans of TikTok and WeChat. Donald Trump’s executive orders to block TikTok and WeChat from the U.S. market have set off legal battles and debates over the openness of the internet . But how will these apps’ Chinese parent companies, which have grown rapidly behind a walled garden for many years, maneuver around the bans now that the U.S. government is taking a leaf out of China’s playbook? Read Full Story

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The U.S. has lots to lose and little to gain from banning TikTok and WeChat

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Instead of banning them outright, the Trump administration should instead enact a sweeping privacy law, which would protect Americans’ data. The Trump administration’s recently announced bans on Chinese-owned social media platforms TikTok and WeChat could have unintended consequences. The orders bar the apps from doing business in the U.S. or with U.S. persons or businesses after September 20 and require divestiture of TikTok by November 12. Read Full Story

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TikTok may be banned in India, but this ByteDance app is having a moment there

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Resso, a music streaming service owned by TikTok parent ByteDance, is thriving in India, despite a ban on China-owned apps. TikTok was among dozens of China-linked apps that were banned in India last month over what the government said were national security concerns. The wildly popular short-video service—owned by China’s ByteDance—has faced increased scrutiny over its data-collection practices, although TikTok has said it does not share user data with the Chinese government. India’s move, which followed a fatal clash between the two countries on a disputed border, was notable in scale, affecting some 59 mobile apps and severing TikTok from one of its largest markets. Read Full Story

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