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August 3, 2020, 9:10 AM

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The Official Microsoft Blog:
After Satya Nadella and Trump spoke, Microsoft says it will continue discussions to explore a TikTok acquisition in US, ending on Sept. 15 if no deal is reached  —  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 …
Reuters:
Sources: President Trump gave Microsoft only 45 days to negotiate its acquisition of TikTok  —  NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump only agreed to allow Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) to negotiate the acquisition of popular short-video app TikTok if it could secure a deal in 45 days …
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.
Liza Lin / Wall Street Journal:
Apple faces a $1.4B lawsuit from Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology, a Chinese AI firm that was recently awarded a patent for a voice assistant similar to Siri  —  Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology's suit could prevent Apple from selling many of it products in China
David Roberts / Vox:
A deep dive into Microsoft's work on climate change, how big a deal it is among tech companies, what influence it may have, and where it falls short  —  The company plans to wipe out all of its carbon emissions — and keep going.  —  You could be forgiven for missing it, given the surplus of news …
Josh Constine / Constine's Moving Product newsletter:
Bloomberg:
Sources: Grab is raising $200M from South Korean private equity firm Stic Investments Inc.  —  Southeast Asian ride-hailing leader Grab Holdings Inc. is raising $200 million from South Korean private equity firm Stic Investments Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.

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