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Judge Temporarily Blocks US Ban on New TikTok Downloads

Monday September 28, 2020 1:07 am PDT by
A federal judge on Sunday granted TikTok a preliminary injunction that temporarily halts an order from the Trump Administration that would have banned new app downloads in the United States beginning on Monday, reports The New York Times. Should the order have gone into effect, Apple and Google could have been forced to remove TikTok from their respective app stores, and users who already...

TikTok Announces Deal With Oracle and Walmart, Trump Approves

Sunday September 20, 2020 6:13 am PDT by
Just hours before new app downloads would be banned in the United States, Vanessa Pappas, the interim head of TikTok, announced on Saturday that the company has reached a proposal with Oracle and Walmart that will keep the video sharing platform alive in the country. The deal has also been approved by President Donald Trump, reports Bloomberg. The deal will effectively establish a new...

US Downloads of TikTok and WeChat to Be Banned on Sunday

Friday September 18, 2020 5:37 am PDT by
The U.S. Commerce Department is moving to ban downloads of TikTok and WeChat within the United States from this Sunday (via Reuters). The U.S. Commerce Department plans to issue an order today that will "deplatform" WeChat and TikTok by banning people in the United States from downloading the apps. The order will take effect from Sunday, September 20. U.S. government officials speaking...

Oracle Reportedly Agrees Deal for TikTok's US Operations, But Chinese Media Cast Doubt on Any Sale

Monday September 14, 2020 3:31 am PDT by
Amid reports Monday morning that Oracle has won the battle with Microsoft to acquire TikTok's U.S. operations, China's state-run English TV channel is claiming that no sale with any U.S. buyer will go ahead (via Reuters). ByteDance will not sell TikTok's U.S. operations to Oracle Corp ORCL.N or Microsoft Corp MSFT.O and will not give the source code for the video platform to any U.S. buyers,...

Oracle 'Seriously Considering' Acquiring TikTok

Tuesday August 18, 2020 1:45 am PDT by
Oracle has expressed serious interest in acquiring TikTok, according to the Financial Times. Oracle reportedly has already held preliminary talks with TikTok's China-based parent company, Bytedance, to explore the terms of an acquisition. Oracle is also believed to be working with venture capital firms including General Atlantic and Sequoia Capital to raise funds for a bid. Serious...

Trump Signs Executive Order Giving ByteDance 90 Days to Sell US TikTok Business

Saturday August 15, 2020 5:09 am PDT by
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order giving ByteDance 90 days to sell its TikTok business in the United States, citing evidence of possible national security threats from the China-based company. In the order, the Trump Administration said there's "credible evidence" to suggest that ByteDance "might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United...

Trump Administration Considers Global TikTok App Store Ban

Wednesday August 12, 2020 4:14 am PDT by
A new document outlining the potential scope of President Trump's TikTok ban suggests Apple could be forced to remove the short-form video sharing platform from its App Store in China. Trump last week signed an executive order that would officially ban any U.S. transactions with TikTok if its Chinese parent ByteDance does not reach a deal to divest it to a U.S. company in 45 days....

TikTok to Sue Trump Administration Over US Ban as Soon As Tuesday

Monday August 10, 2020 3:30 am PDT by
TikTok plans to sue the Trump administration as soon as this week, challenging the president's recent executive order to ban the short-form video sharing platform from the United States. According to a source who spoke to NPR, TikTok will file a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Southern California, where its American operations are based, as early as Tuesday. NPR has learned...

Twitter Held 'Preliminary Talks' About Acquiring TikTok's U.S. Operations

Sunday August 9, 2020 9:06 pm PDT by
Amid an impending ban on U.S. operations of TikTok, Twitter has expressed interest in acquiring the service, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. The report explains that it is not immediately obvious why Twitter is interested in purchasing TikTok, given the cost of acquisition and the need for substantial restructuring. Twitter's comparatively small size would, however, ...

Trump Signs Executive Orders to Ban US Transactions With Chinese Companies ByteDance and Tencent

Friday August 7, 2020 3:06 am PDT by
President Donald Trump has signed two executive orders that would officially ban any U.S. transactions with the Chinese companies that own TikTok and WeChat, in an escalation of the ongoing technological cold war between the two countries. The executive orders would prohibit "any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States,"...

US to Purge ‘Untrusted’ Apps in New Measures Against China

Thursday August 6, 2020 5:12 am PDT by
The U.S. government is stepping up efforts against Chinese technology companies as it prepares to purge App Stores of "untrusted" Chinese apps, reports Reuters. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. "Clean Network" program would focus on five areas and include steps to prevent various Chinese apps and telecoms companies from accessing the sensitive information of American citizens...

Instagram Launches TikTok Competitor 'Reels'

Wednesday August 5, 2020 8:15 am PDT by
Instagram has today officially launched "Reels," a new short-form video service set to rival TikTok, in over 50 countries, including the U.S., India, France, Germany, Japan, Australia, and the U.K. Reels is part of the Instagram camera of the existing Instagram app. Instagram says that Reels are "a new way to create and discover short, entertaining videos." The service features the...

Apple Has Reportedly Expressed 'Serious Interest' in Purchasing TikTok [Denied]

Tuesday August 4, 2020 7:34 am PDT by
Apple has expressed interest in purchasing video-sharing social media platform TikTok, according to a newsletter snippet from Axios' Dan Primack:Multiple sources tell me that Apple has expressed interest, albeit no sources inside of Apple, and that at least one other strategic has expressed interest. Yes, it would be an unusual deal for Apple, given that TikTok is a cross-platform app, and a...

China Refuses to Accept 'Theft' of TikTok if US Acquisition Goes Ahead

Tuesday August 4, 2020 4:38 am PDT by
Yesterday we reported on Microsoft's accelerated efforts to purchase TikTok in the United States before President Trump follows through on a threat to ban the Chinese-owned app in the country. On Tuesday, Reuters reported that China's ruling Communist Party blasted those efforts via an editorial in the China Daily newspaper, saying it will not accept the "theft" of a Chinese tech company...

Microsoft Confirms Plan to Acquire TikTok, Trump Gives Consent

Monday August 3, 2020 6:22 am PDT by
After rumors of a potential deal arose last week, Microsoft has publicly confirmed its intention to purchase TikTok in the United States and several other territories. The company has outlined its intention to "move quickly to pursue discussions with TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, in a matter of weeks." The two companies have provided formal notice of their intent to explore a...

Trump Plans to Ban TikTok From the U.S.

Saturday August 1, 2020 5:13 am PDT by
President Trump plans to ban TikTok from the United States, NBC News reports. Aboard Air Force One on Friday night, Trump reportedly said "As far as TikTok is concerned we're banning them from the United States." He described the action as a "severance" and said that an executive order enforcing the ban could be signed as soon as today. "I have that authority," he said. In recent weeks, ...