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August 1, 2020, 9:00 AM

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CNBC:
President Trump says he will act as soon as Saturday to ban TikTok in the United States  —  - President Donald Trump on Friday told reporters he will act as soon as Saturday to ban Chinese-owned video app TikTok from the United States.  —  President Donald Trump on Friday told reporters …
New York Times:
Sources: Microsoft is in talks to acquire TikTok  —  The discussions come as TikTok's ownership by a Chinese company is under scrutiny by the White House and lawmakers.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — TikTok, the Chinese-owned video app that has been under scrutiny from the Trump administration …
Michael Schuman / The Atlantic:
Profile of ByteDance founder Zhang Yiming, his early decision to make TikTok an international platform, and how TikTok's fate rests on US-China relations  —  Zhang Yiming embodies what the United States wanted China to be.  He is the founder and chief executive of a company, ByteDance …
Ryan Hughes / WFLA-TV:
A Florida state attorney files 30 felony charges against a 17-year old who was arrested in Tampa in connection with the July 15 Twitter hack  —  TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - A Tampa teenager is in jail, accused of being the “mastermind” behind a hack on the social media website Twitter …
Joseph Cox / VICE:
DOJ announces charges against two other suspects in the Twitter hack, including a 19-year-old in UK and a 22-year-old in Orlando, Florida  —  The arrest comes after hackers hijacked some of the most high profile accounts on the social network by leveraging an internal Twitter tool.  —  Joseph Cox
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft to end support for all third-party Cortana skills on September 7 and drop support for the dedicated Cortana apps on iOS and Android in early 2021  —  Microsoft is continuing to focus its Cortana digital assistant on productivity scenarios by phasing out Cortana Skills starting …
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Apple acquires Mobeewave, whose app lets shoppers tap their credit card or phone on a smartphone to make a payment; one source says the deal is worth ~$100M  —  - Apple acquires Canada's Mobeewave for about $100 million  —  Apple Inc. has acquired Mobeewave Inc., a startup with technology …
Dave Burke / The Keyword:
Google updates its Exposure Notification API with interoperability between countries, ability for apps to work without turning on location in Android 11, more  —  In May, we partnered with Apple to launch the Exposure Notifications System (ENS) and made it available to public health authorities around …
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Apple surpasses Saudi Aramco to become the world's most valuable company after its shares closed up 10.47%, giving it a market valuation of $1.84T  —  - Apple is now the world's most valuable company.  — It surpassed Saudi Aramco.  — Apple's strong fiscal third quarter earnings, released Thursday, boosted its stock.
Will Knight / Wired:
Data from the US Census Bureau on 583,000 businesses in 2018 shows AI adoption is slow: 8.9% use AI in any form, 2.8% use ML, and 2.5% use voice recognition  —  A big study by the US Census Bureau finds that only about 9 percent of firms employ tools like machine learning or voice recognition—for now.
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
YouTube plans to discontinue its community captions feature on September 28 due to lack of use and spam abuse; critics contend it will stifle accessibility  —  The feature, which YouTube says was underutilized, will be discontinued in September  —  YouTube plans to discontinue …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook confirms it will begin rolling out official music videos across its platform in the US, and introduce a new Music destination within Facebook Watch  —  Facebook today confirmed it will begin rolling out official music videos across its platform in the U.S., as TechCrunch first reported …

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