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TikTok’s fate to go down to the wire; judge will rule before midnight

Enlarge Getty Images TikTok will be gone from app stores tomorrow morning unless a federal judge acts to block the Trump administration’s ban on the app before midnight tonight. Judge Carl Nichols of the US District Court for DC said today that he will determine whether to grant or reject TikTok’s request for an injunction …

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TikTok ask the court to prevent a US ban from taking effect

Mike Blake / reuters Last week the Commerce Department delayed plans to implement a ban that would prevent new downloads of the TikTok app by one week, pushing the deadline out to this coming Sunday as its owner negotiated a deal with the government, Oracle and Walmart. On Wednesday afternoon TikTok followed the path of …

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Trump approves TikTok deal with Oracle and Walmart ‘in concept’

Sheldon Cooper/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images TikTok appears to have avoided a US ban at the last minute… probably. President Trump has agreed to a deal “in concept” (via CNBC) that theoretically allays US security issues while letting it operate in the country. True to earlier discussions, Oracle and Walmart would claim a 20% investment …

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Court blocks Trump’s WeChat ban from taking effect today

Enlarge / There both is and is not a ban in effect on WeChat. Budrul Chukrut | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images A federal judge in California put a temporary halt on the White House’s efforts to ban WeChat inside the United States, preventing that ban from going into effect at midnight tonight. …

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TikTok’s global headquarters might move to the US to avert a ban

Dado Ruvic / reuters Details of ByteDance’s deal with Oracle for control of TikTok are beginning to come into focus. ByteDance’s partnership with Oracle “will place TikTok’s global business in a new US-headquartered company with Oracle investing as a minority shareholder,” the Financial Times reports.  The partnership, which could be made official as soon as …

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Microsoft is officially not buying TikTok

NurPhoto via Getty Images Microsoft is officially out of the running to buy TikTok. The company issued a brief statement on Sunday confirming that ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, rejected its offer to buy TikTok’s US operations. In its statement, the company said: “We are confident our proposal would have been good for TikTok’s users, while …

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TikTok’s owner might refuse to sell its algorithm to a US buyer

Sheldon Cooper/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images If TikTok wants to sell itself to a US company and avoid a potential ban, it might have to leave behind one of its most important pieces of code. South China Morning Post sources claim TikTok’s parent, ByteDance, won’t sell or transfer the social video service’s recommendation algorithm to …

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China announces new export rules that could prevent sale of TikTok

Enlarge / TikTok’s Los Angeles Office in Culver City. Xinhua via Getty Images China has announced new export restrictions for artificial intelligence technology that could complicate ByteDance’s plans to sell off the US operations of its wildly popular TikTok app. The Trump administration has ordered ByteDance to spin off its US operations or shut them …

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TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer quits just three months after taking the job

When Kevin Mayer left Disney’s direct to consumer operations and took over as CEO of TikTok in May, he probably didn’t foresee the company becoming such a popular target of politicians — specifically the president. Now, just three months later, and in the middle of a government-forced sale-or-shut down process, the Financial Times reported Mayer …

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TikTok will sue the US over threatened ban

Budrul Chukrut/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images TikTok’s paths to staying alive in the US apparently include taking the government to court. In the wake of a Reuters report, TikTok has confirmed to CNBC that it plans to sue the Trump administration over an executive order banning transactions with parent company ByteDance. The lawsuit could be …

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