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August 3, 2020, 3:00 AM

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The Official Microsoft Blog:
After a talk between Satya Nadella and Trump, Microsoft says it will continue discussions to explore a purchase of TikTok in US, which will wrap up by Sept. 15  —  Following a conversation between Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Donald J. Trump, Microsoft is prepared to continue discussions …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: behind TikTok's progress toward making a Microsoft deal, with weeks of talks that included US officials, nearly derailed by Trump's public opposition  —  Covert talks began weeks ago.  After the software giant's CEO and Trump spoke Sunday, Microsoft said an agreement could include …
Aime Williams / Financial Times:
Mike Pompeo suggests US will take action in the coming days against more Chinese software companies that it perceives as a risk to national security  —  Pompeo vows further clampdown as ByteDance tries to salvage sale talks with Microsoft  —  The Trump administration has vowed to “take action” …
Echo Wang / Reuters:
Wall Street Journal:
New York Times:
Profile of Twitter hack mastermind Graham Clark, a troubled teen who allegedly went from scamming on Minecraft to joining hacker forum OGUsers and SIM swapping  —  The teenage “mastermind” of the recent Twitter breach, who had a difficult family life, poured his energy into video games and cryptocurrency.
Josh Constine / Constine's Moving Product newsletter:
Escalating threats to ban TikTok push creators and users to apps like Triller, which has now topped the US App Store multiple times, plus Byte, Reels, others  —  100 million users are at stake.  Trump says he's going to ban TikTok, sending creators into a panic, begging their fans to follow them on YouTube …
Michael Bruck / LinkedIn:
Former Intel executive on how Intel achieved dominance in the computer industry after pivoting from memory chips to CPUs and then lost it as smartphones emerged  —  Last week, Intel announced its second-quarter financial results which easily beat the analysts' consensus expectations by a handsome margin.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is mulling new rules around statements regarding election results including premature claims of victory  —  We may not know the results for days, and maybe weeks.  So it's time to rethink “election night.”  —  Picture this Thanksgiving: Turkey, football …
Sam Chambers / The Sunday Times:
Sources: Apple told some landlords of UK stores it wants rent reduction of up to 50% and a rent-free period, offering to extend leases by a few years in return  —  Apple is pushing for huge rent reductions across its UK stores despite its sales soaring to new heights during the lockdown.
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
TechHub, a coworking space that was once the heart of London's start-up scene, filed for administration  —  Workspace was the busy centre of the UK's ‘Silicon Roundabout’  —  TechHub, which for a decade was home to hundreds of start-ups at the heart of London's “Silicon Roundabout” tech scene, has filed for administration.

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