TikTok CEO asks Instagram, Facebook to help fight TikTok ban

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge TikTok’s interim CEO, Vanessa Pappas, is asking Facebook and Instagram to “publicly join our challenge and support our litigation,” as TikTok faces a new executive order from the Trump administration that will block people from downloading the app beginning September 20th. The new order was issued by the Department of Commerce on Friday morning, and it essentially states that people aren’t allowed to download TikTok or WeChat beginning on the 20th. TikTok will continue to work in the United States for people who already have the app installed, but future downloads are prohibited. Pappas’ call to action came in the form of a… Read More

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Report: Trump admin looking into Tencent’s US gaming investments

Enlarge / SHENZHEN, CHINA – AUGUST 19: A woman walks outside the headquarters of Tencent on August 19, 2020 in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images) The US government is reportedly scrutinizing Chinese tech giant Tencent and the US gaming companies in which it has an investment interest. Bloomberg reports that the Treasury Department’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) has asked companies including Epic Games and Riot Games to answer questions about their data-security standards, according to “people familiar with the matter.” CFIUS has the authority to examine foreign investment in US companies when those investments could have an impact on national… Read More

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Majority of Europeans would consider human augmentation, study finds

Almost two-thirds of Europeans would consider augmenting their bodies with tech, according to new research from cybersecurity firm Kaspersky. The survey of more than 14,000 people in 16 countries showed views vary widely between different demographic groups. People in southern Europe and Morocco — the only non-European country in the survey — were far more open to the prospect than their northern neighbors. A whopping 81% of Italians said they’d consider human augmentation — despite more than half thinking it’s dangerous for society — compared to just a third (33%) of Brits. [Read: Are EVs too expensive? Here are 5 common myths, debunked] Unsurprisingly, the… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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TikTok says it will fight the Trump administration’s ban, and is calling on Facebook and other US social media companies to support its litigation

Summary List Placement TikTok is pushing back against the Trump administration’s order banning the app, saying it plans to continue to fight the order in court. Wilbur Ross, President Donald Trump’s commerce secretary, on Friday ordered TikTok to be banned from US app stores starting Sunday, and to be prohibited from all US servers starting in November. A potential deal with a US company may save the company from the ban, with Ross saying restrictions may be lifted if “the national security concerns posed by TikTok [are] resolved.” WeChat, another Chinese tech company targeted in the Commerce Department’s order, will have all bans in effect starting Sunday, with no apparent… Read More

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TikTok says it will fight the Trump administration’s ban, and is calling on Facebook and other US social media companies to support its litigation

Summary List Placement TikTok is pushing back against the Trump administration’s order banning the app, saying it plans to continue to fight the order in court. Wilbur Ross, President Donald Trump’s commerce secretary, on Friday ordered TikTok to be banned from US app stores starting Sunday, and to be prohibited from all US servers starting in November. A potential deal with a US company may save the company from the ban, with Ross saying restrictions may be lifted if “the national security concerns posed by TikTok [are] resolved.” WeChat, another Chinese tech company targeted in the Commerce Department’s order, will have all bans in effect starting Sunday, with no apparent… Read More

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