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August 2, 2020, 5:15 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: before Trump's comments, Microsoft and Bytedance hoped to have broad strokes of TikTok deal by Monday and are now seeking clarity from the White House  —  Talks aren't believed to be dead, but the companies are trying to get clarity on White House's stance
Echo Wang / Reuters:
Sources: ByteDance has agreed to divest US operations of TikTok under a proposed new deal with the White House that would see Microsoft take over TikTok in US  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - China's ByteDance has agreed to divest the U.S. operations of TikTok completely in a bid to save a deal with the White House …
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  —  Constine's Newsletter #10: Triller vs Dubsmash vs Byte vs Reels, plus unintended consequences of threatening a TikTok ban
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Elaine Low / Variety:
Profile of Netflix's Bela Bajaria, who is leading the company's content growth outside of the US as its VP of local language originals  —  She relished the development process and reading the latest drafts of scripts, which she calls the most formative part of her early Hollywood education.
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 co-working 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.
New York Times:
Ad analytics platform Pathmatics: Facebook's top 100 advertisers spent $221.4M from July 1 through July 29, down 12% YoY from the $251.4M they spent in 2019  —  Major advertisers on Facebook reduced their spending by millions of dollars in July, but not enough to significantly damage the platform's revenue.

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