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Trump orders ByteDance to divest interest in U.S. operations of TikTok within 90 days

Impeached U.S. President Donald Trump late on Friday ordered the Chinese-owned company ByteDance to divest all interest in the U.S. operations of video-sharing app TikTok within 90 days. "There is credible evidence that leads me to believe that ByteDance … might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States," said Trump in the order. Trump's Friday night order directs ByteDance to divest all interests in any assets or property used to enable or support the oper...
Tags: Post, Politics, Technology, News, China, US, Tech News, United States, Donald Trump, Trump, Reuters, Jennifer Jacobs, Bytedance, Tiktok


Clearview AI landed a new facial recognition contract with ICE

The controversial facial recognition software maker Clearview AI has a new contract with ICE, the most controversial U.S. government agency. Clearview was already known to work with the branch of Homeland Security fiercely criticized for implementing the Trump administration’s harsh immigration policies. The new contract makes it clear that relationship is ongoing — and that Clearview isn’t just playing a bit part in tech’s lucrative scrum for federal contracts. First spotted by tech watchdog Te...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Government, Tech, Dhs, Aclu, Homeland Security, Illinois, Department Of Homeland Security, Immigration And Customs Enforcement, Trump, ClearView, Facebook Google LinkedIn Twitter, Nathan Freed Wessler, Homeland Security Investigations HSI, Clearview AI


Facebook is calling Apple out for refusing to reduce its 30% App Store fee for a new Facebook feature that could help small business owners during the pandemic (FB, AAPL, GOOG, GOOGL)

Facebook said Apple refused to reduce its App Store fee for the social network's new paid feature that could help small business owners during the pandemic. Facebook executive Fidji Simo also told Bloomberg that the social media giant is calling Apple out so that "they can join us and end up waiving their fees." Facebook's comments come a day after Epic Game announced it would be suing both Apple and Google for removing the "Fortnite" app from their stores after the gaming giant learned how to...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Congress, Trends, Bloomberg, Tim Cook, App Store, Trump, Facebook Apple, Simo, Fidji Simo, Instagram Congress


Trump dismisses concerns that banning WeChat could hurt Apple's iPhone sales: 'Whatever'

On Friday, a reporter asked the president what he thinks about the WeChat ban potentially hurting Apple, to which Trump replied, "whatever."
Tags: Apple, News, Trump


Trump dismisses concerns that banning WeChat could hurt Apple's iPhone sales: 'Whatever'

President Donald Trump dismissed concerns that his executive order banning WeChat could hurt Apple's iPhone sales. On Friday, a reporter asked Trump if he's concerned about the ban's potential harm to Apple's business, to which the president replied, "Whatever." The ban could force Apple to remove the app from its app store, which could cut off Chinese users from the widely-used WeChat app. Doing so could make buying iPhones less attractive to Chinese users, which some analysts speculate could...
Tags: Apple, China, US, Trends, Donald Trump, Trump, Ming Chi Kuo, Kuo


A Third of TikTok's US Users May Be 14 or Under, Raising Safety Questions

If Microsoft or another company buys TikTok before President Trump bans the Chinese-owned video app on national security grounds, it will acquire a giant community of devoted fans and a lucrative platform for selling ads. It might be buying something else, too: a big population of users ages 14 and under. The minimum age for using TikTok is 13. From a report: In July, TikTok classified more than a third of its 49 million daily users in the United States as being 14 years old or younger, accordin...
Tags: Microsoft, US, Tech, United States, New York Times, Federal Trade Commission, Trump


A beginner’s guide to diversity, equity and inclusion

After Minneapolis police killed George Floyd and the subsequent racial justice uprising, many people in tech shouted from the rooftops that “Black Lives Matter,” despite having subpar representation of Black and Latinx folks at their companies. In some cases, these companies’ proclamations of “Black Lives Matter” felt especially performative in contrast to their respective stances on Trump and selling their technology to law enforcement agencies.  Still, this has led to an increased focus on ...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Minneapolis, Tech, Diversity, Black, Trump, Mckinsey, Techcrunch Include, George Floyd, McKinsey Latinx, Digital Undivided Black, Ibram X Kendi BIPOC


TikTok's US Employees Plan To Sue Trump Administration Over Executive Order

TikTok's US employees are planning to file a lawsuit challenging a Trump administration executive order they say would make it illegal for their employer to pay them. From a report: Last week, President Donald Trump issued an executive order barring any US transactions with ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok, and its subsidiaries. The language of the order is broad, so it's unclear if it would bar TikTok from paying its employees. The Trump administration didn't respond to questions...
Tags: US, Tech, New Zealand, Donald Trump, Trump, US Canada Australia, Tiktok, TikTok Microsoft


TikTok's US employees want to sue the Trump administration so they can keep getting paid

A US TikTok employee, Patrick Ryan, has launched a crowdfunder to sue the Trump administration over the president's executive order banning TikTok from September. Ryan believes the executive order will mean TikTok can't pay its 1,500 US employees, and his lawyer plans to file a suit next week. Trump signed the executive order on August 6, barring US individuals and businesses from doing business with TikTok's Chinese parent firm ByteDance from September 20. "The fear is that we will not be abl...


TikTok's US employees are scared they won't get paid if the app is banned and now they're planning to sue the Trump administration

A US TikTok employee, Patrick Ryan, has launched a crowdfunder to sue the Trump administration over the president's executive order banning TikTok from September. Ryan believes the executive order will mean TikTok can't pay its 1,500 US employees, and his lawyer plans to file a suit next week. Trump signed the executive order on August 6, barring US individuals and businesses from doing business with TikTok's Chinese parent firm ByteDance from September 20. "The fear is that we will not be abl...
Tags: Google, California, White House, US, Trends, United States, Washington Dc, Donald Trump, Trump, Patrick Ryan, Ryan, Godwin, Mike Godwin, Sarah Cooper, Tiktok


'All Of My TikTok Followers Are Fake'

An anonymous reader shares a report: The followers poured in. Then the likes. Then tens of thousands of people watched my TikTok video. The clip itself was of a few Motherboard staffers winning a match in the hugely popular game Call of Duty: Warzone; TikTok is full of streamers and players uploading their wins or soul-crushing loses. The video itself isn't good -- there's no slick editing, no captivating TikTok personality talking to camera, and certainly no dancing -- but in a few short hours ...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, United States, Npr, Trump, Tiktok


What Kamala Harris, Joe Biden's VP Pick, Means For Tech (slashdot)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: After months of speculation, Joe Biden has picked California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his vice-presidential running mate in the race for the White House. The choice fulfills a pledge from Biden, the Democrats' presumptive nominee for president, to name a woman to his ticket as he seeks to unseat Donald Trump in the November election. [...] Here's what we know about Harris' stance on tech issues: A California senator and former candidate in the 202...
Tags: Google, Facebook, News, Obama, Congress, California, Washington, White House, Joe Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, Cnet, Kamala Harris, Trump, HARRIS, Sen Elizabeth Warren


US Says It Seized Cryptocurrency From Three Terrorist Groups

The Trump administration dismantled digital campaigns by al-Qaeda and other other terrorist groups that used social media to obtain cryptocurrency for carrying out terrorist attacks, the Justice Department said on Thursday. From a report: The U.S. seized millions of dollars and more than 300 cryptocurrency accounts used by al-Qaeda; Hamas's military wing, the al-Qassam Brigades; and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS. "These actions represent the government's largest-ever seizure ...
Tags: Isis, Iraq, US, Tech, Al Qaeda, Hamas, Justice Department, Trump


95% of Chinese Users Surveyed Would Rather Give Up Their iPhones Than Lose WeChat

As a ban on WeChat and other apps originating in China looms, companies who do business in China and iPhone users in the country are concerned about how the ban could impact device sales and daily device usage. It's still unclear whether the ban applies to the WeChat app only in the United States or if it will result in the removal of the WeChat app from iPhones across the globe. Tencent, which owns WeChat, said it believes the ban applies only in the U.S., but it is seeking clarity. The word...
Tags: Apple, White House, China, Disney, Bloomberg, United States, Tencent, WeChat, App Store, Wall Street Journal, Trump, Commerce Department, Ming Chi Kuo, Ding, Craig Allen, U S China Business Council


Amazon is giving free AWS training courses to Utah's elementary and high schools — but education specialists say this kind of skills training may not help you get a tech job or even help you learn

Amazon just announced that it has partnered with K-12 schools in Utah to provide free cloud computing training using Amazon Web Services, the company's cloud business. Amazon previously collaborated with California and Virginia's community and public colleges to offer programs in cloud computing using AWS. Some experts warn that training students or job seekers in skills that corporations say they want might not guarantee a job at the company, and might result in time wasted if the skill falls...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Utah, Cook, California, Virginia, US, Trends, Tech, Bloomberg, Tim Cook, Aws, Ibm, Jeff Bezos, Shell, Amazon Web Services


Twitter pledges to dial up efforts to combat election misinformation

In the latest sign of US platforms bracing for the 2020 US presidential election in November, Twitter has said it will step up efforts to prevent its service from being used to target voters with false information around election participation. Earlier today Facebook announced the launch of a voting hub aimed at combating election misinformation on its platform by gathering together genuine election resources. Twitter is spinning a bolder message — saying its aim is to “empower every eligi...
Tags: Security, Social, Facebook, Twitter, Elections, Voting, US, Tech, United States, President, Presidential Election, Civic Technology, Trump, Reuters, Donald J Trump, NASS


Pompeo Says Trump's Executive Orders Are 'Broader' Than Just TikTok and WeChat, Hinting at More Action

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said President Donald Trump's executive orders against TikTok and WeChat could be "broader" than just those two apps. From a report: Pompeo did not elaborate, but his comments could be hinting at action against other Chinese apps or even TikTok's parent company ByteDance, or WeChat owner Tencent. "So when President Trump made his announcement about not only TikTok, but about WeChat -- and if you read it, it's broader even still than that -- is that we're going...
Tags: Tech, United States, Tencent, Chinese communist party, Donald Trump, Trump, State, Prague Czech Republic, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo, Western China, ByteDance Ltd Beijing China, Commerce Another, Tencent Holdings Ltd Shenzhen China


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning. The Trump administration is asking a court to dismiss the tech industry's legal challenge his executive order taking aim at social media companies. The lawsuit was brought in June by the Center for Democracy and Technology, a group backed by Facebook, Twitter, and Alphabet subsidiary Google, which called Trump's directive "unconstitutional." Uber and Lyft have threate...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Lyft, Twitter, Instagram, California, China, India, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Silicon Valley, New Delhi, Palantir, Alexa, Trump


Bracing for election day, Facebook rolls out voting resources to US users

Eager to avoid a repeat of its disastrous role as a super-spreader of misinformation during the 2016 election cycle, Facebook is getting its ducks in a row. Following an announcement earlier this summer, the company is now launching a voting information hub that will centralize election resources for U.S. users and ideally inoculate at least some of them against the platform’s ongoing misinformation epidemic. The voting information center will appear in the menu on both Facebook and Instagram...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Instagram, US, Tech, Trump, Wikimedia Foundation, Facebook Facebook, Naomi Gleit, 2020 Election, Gleit, Election Integrity, Facebook Newsroom, Election Interference


Bracing for election day, Facebook rolls out voting resources to U.S. users

Eager to avoid a repeat of its disastrous role as a super-spreader of misinformation during the 2016 election cycle, Facebook is getting its ducks in a row. Following an announcement earlier this summer, the company is now launching a voting information hub that will centralize election resources for U.S. users and ideally inoculate at least some of them against the platform’s ongoing misinformation epidemic. The voting information center will appear in the menu on both Facebook and Instagram...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Trump, Wikimedia Foundation, Naomi Gleit, 2020 Election, Gleit, Election Integrity, Facebook Newsroom, Election Interference


Sarah Cooper — known for her impressions of Donald Trump on TikTok — just landed a Netflix deal

For writer-comedian Sarah Cooper, the pandemic hasn’t been so terrible. In fact, by making the best of a terrible situation — in this case, opening a TikTok account earlier this year, and proceeding to lip sync to the often-bizarre ramblings of Donald Trump — she has become an outlet for a country that has often found itself asking while watching a Trump presser: “Is this real, what I’m seeing?” Now, in addition to the millions of online followers she has amassed since March, Cooper — a Jamaican...
Tags: Google, TC, New York, Jimmy Fallon, Tech, Netflix, Natasha Lyonne, Donald Trump, Vanity Fair, Kamala Harris, Trump, Cooper, Maya Rudolph, VF, Sarah Cooper


Tim Cook has 2 trillion reasons to smile (AAPL)

Hello and welcome to Trending, Business Insider's weekly look at the world of tech. I'm Alexei Oreskovic, Business Insider's West Coast Bureau Chief and Global Tech Editor. Let's see how far we can get this week before mentioning TikTok. If you want to get Trending in your email inbox every Wednesday, just click here. Most of our content is available to BI subscribers. Click here for 20% off.  This week: Tim Cook has 2 trillion reasons to smile After nine years in the top job, Apple CEO Tim...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Cook, Microsoft, Congress, Stanford, China, Ipo, US, Toronto, Trends, Paris, Tim Cook, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley


Amazon is chockfull of products promoting the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory even as fellow tech giants like Facebook, TikTok, Google, and Twitter crack down (AMZN)

Amazon currently displays hundreds of results for products associated with QAnon, the far-right conspiracy theory, which the FBI has deemed as posing potential domestic terrorism threats. Business Insider found hundreds of results for t-shirts, books, stickers, masks, and other items when searching for "QAnon" in Amazon's marketplace. However, not all of the results were directly tied to the far-right fringe conspiracy theory — some were pro-Trump propaganda or messaging associated with "Blue ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, New York, Etsy, West Point, Nbc News, US, Trends, Walmart, Bbc, Fbi, Nevada, Lewis Carroll, Christchurch


Comments on NTIA’s Petition to the FCC Seeking to Destroy Section 230

As requested by the Trump anti-Section 230 Executive Order from May, NTIA submitted a 57 page petition to the FCC asking the FCC to make rules interpreting Section 230. The FCC, in turn, has put the petition out for public comment ( Docket RM-11862), with the initial comment submission period ending September 2. I previously described NTIA’s petition this way: Normally we expect a government agency like NTIA to provide an intellectually honest assessment of the pros/cons of its actions and not...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Fcc, Microsoft, Yahoo, Law, Congress, Youtube, America, Ben Franklin, Commission, John, Ugc, Trump, Barnes


HMD Global's latest funding could help it expand in markets where Chinese smartphone vendors face threat of eviction

HMD Global is positioned to capitalize on Chinese smartphone vendors' geopolitical woes. The US' Clean Networks initiative wouldn't apply to HMD Global since it is a European company, so a market exodus of Chinese smartphone vendors could bolster the company's plan to expand. Insider Intelligence publishes hundreds of insights, charts, and forecasts on the Connectivity & Tech industry with the Connectivity & Tech Briefing. You can learn more about subscribing here. HMD Global announced the...
Tags: Europe, China, India, Nokia, US, Trends, Snapchat, Xiaomi, State Department, Qualcomm, Trump, US India, US State Department, Africa Brazil, Facebook Instagram YouTube, Connectivity Tech


The Trump campaign accidentally gave YouTube ad money to Chinese state media (GOOG, GOOGL)

The Trump campaign is unintentionally funding Chinese and Russian state media outlets by running YouTube ads on their channels, a new study found. At least 22 Trump campaign ads ran on YouTube channels linked to the Chinese government this month alone, according to an analysis of thousands of YouTube videos by cybersecurity firm Omelas. The findings come after the Trump administration cracked down on Chinese-owned media outlets earlier this year, imposing steeper requirements on how they opera...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Washington, China, US, Trends, Missouri, Donald Trump, Trump, Omelas, Business Insider Google


TikTok found to have tracked Android users’ MAC addresses until late last year

Until late last year social video app TikTok was using an extra layer of encryption to conceal a tactic for tracking Android users via the MAC address of their device which skirted Google’s policies and did not allow users to opt out, The Wall Street Journal reports. Users were also not informed of this form of tracking, per its report. Its analysis found that this concealed tracking ended in November as US scrutiny of the company dialled up, after at least 15 months during which TikTok had b...
Tags: Google, Android, Security, Social, TC, Apps, Privacy, Mac, US Government, France, China, US, Tech, Eu, European Union, Encryption


Trump Administration Considers Global TikTok App Store Ban

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. According to a White House document sent out to supporters and seen by Reuters, the ban aims to cut off U.S. b...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, White House, China, US, United States, Tencent, App Stores, Trump, Reuters, Trump Administration, Tiktok, ByteDance Twitter, App Store in China Trump, Ming Chi Kuo TikTok


If Harris heads to DC, Southern California could loom large in the scramble to fill her seat

Now that Democrat Joe Biden has chosen Rep. Kamala Harris as his running mate, it hasn’t dampened the political stakes in Southern California. Far from it. The political drama will likely be profound, especially if the ticket ultimately snags the White House. That would mean a U.S. senator would need replacing — with a poignant tumbling of political dominoes to follow. Perhaps the most Google’d question in the state on Tuesday — how would the U.S. Senate seat get filled? Should the Democrats win...
Tags: Google, Obama, Congress, California, La, Senate, White House, Russia, US, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Long Beach, Ohio


Kamala Harris brings a view from tech’s epicenter to the presidential race

Joe Biden’s decision to name California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate in the quest to unseat President Trump means that the next White House could be occupied not only by a Black woman — a historic milestone by any account — but also by someone who built a career in the tech industry’s front yard. Born in Oakland, Harris served as San Francisco district attorney and later as the attorney general for California before being elected to the state’s Senate in 2016. And while the newly...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Colorado, California, Government, Senate, White House, Elizabeth Warren, San Francisco, Tech, Joe Biden, United States, New York Times, Silicon Valley



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