Techmeme
August 3, 2020, 2:30 PM

Top News

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 …
More: New York Times, Financial Times, Reuters, TechCrunch, New York Times, The Sun, 9to5Mac, South China Morning Post, GeekWire, New York Times, Ars Technica, South China Morning Post, CNBC, Telecoms.com, FinSMEs, Wall Street Journal, PingWest, TheStreet, New York Times, The Guardian, USA Today, Android Headlines, CNBC, Bloomberg, Washington Post, Tubefilter, Fortune, MSPoweruser, CCN.com, MacRumors, BBC, globaltimes.cn, Mashable, 500ish, Axios, Reuters, IT Management, WRAL TechWire, Tech.co, WinBuzzer, Redmond Pie, Gizchina, Ubergizmo, Tom's Guide, Protocol, MacDailyNews, TechNode, Data Driven Investor, ComputerWeekly.com, Pandaily, The Irish Times, Computer Business Review, iPhone Hacks, TechCrunch, The Next Web, Android Police, Micky, Android Authority, Coinspeaker, OnMSFT.com, Sputnik News, The Hindu BusinessLine, The Daily Dot, Digital Trends, Light Reading, PYMNTS.com, Game Rant, TechRadar, Input, ABC, KnowTechie, Pocketnow, Adweek, PCWorld, Reuters, SlashGear, ZDNet, Neowin, The Hill, SiliconANGLE, Reuters, Thurrott, The Information, and The Verge
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft acquiring TikTok lets it access younger users growing up with iOS and Android, expand AR and Xbox offerings, and collect data  —  At first glance, a Microsoft acquisition of TikTok seems a little unusual.  Microsoft has spent years walking back consumer plays like the Groove Music service …
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 …
Bloomberg:
Aime Williams / Financial Times:
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google announces the $349 Pixel 4A, available for pre-order on August 20, $499 Pixel 4A 5G, and Pixel 5, coming later in fall  —  If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission.  See our ethics statement.  —  Google is officially announcing three Pixel phones today.
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Pixel 4A review: for $349, it sports 128GB storage, decent battery life, 5.8" 1080p screen, and a flagship-tier camera, great at photos but mediocre for video  —  Stripped to just the phone essentials, but it gets them right  —  If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Google says it will invest $450M in smart home security company ADT, which will sell and install Nest smart home products, for a 6.6% stake  —  Google is investing $450 million in ADT to acquire a 6.6% stake in the Florida-headquartered firm that provides security and smart home solutions, the two said today.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google announces partnerships with six more banks to offer digital checking and savings accounts to Google Pay users in the US, starting next year  —  Google is expanding its plans to offer digital banking services in the U.S. The company announced today it's partnering with half a dozen …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Snap says it's working on a feature that will let users set their Snaps to music, similar to TikTok's app, coming to English-language markets this fall  —  Snapchat is taking aim at TikTok.  The company announced today it will begin testing a new feature that lets Snapchat users set their Snaps to music, similar to TikTok's app.
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 its products in China
Reuters:
Report: Apple removed 26K+ games from its Chinese app store on Saturday, about a month after a deadline for developers to have a government-issued game license  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Apple Inc AAPL.N removed 29,800 apps from its Chinese app store on Saturday, including more than 26,000 games …

Sponsor Posts

Intel:
Managing a Complex Multi-Cloud Environment Requires a Reliable Ecosystem  —  To avoid vendor lock-in and effectively manage your mission critical workload needs, you need a reliable ecosystem and architecture
Vesto:
The treasury management platform built for startups  —  Put your idle cash to work, earn higher yields, and extend your runway with Vesto.
Census:
Figma's CFO on how they built a $20B business with data  —  From Series B to acquisition, Figma needed Census to scale their business operations on top of their data warehouse.
Zoho:
Introducing Advanced Multi-currency Handling  —  Businesses deal with multiple clients across borders and it is a challenging task to collect payments in their preferred currencies.  This is now effortless with our new Advanced Multi-currency Handling.
Climate Draft:
Climate Career Resources for Laid Off Tech Workers  —  Your skills are in demand!  Check out our jobs board, learn about the climate ecosystem, and join our directory to make yourself discoverable to top venture-backed startups.
Techmeme Ride Home:
Fri. 12/02 - Will 2023 Be The Year Of The Headset Wars?
The day's tech news, every day at 5pm ET. Fifteen minutes and you're up to date.
Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or RSS.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 2:30 PM ET, August 3, 2020.

The most current version of the site as always is available at our home page. To view an earlier snapshot click here and then modify the date indicated.

More News

David Shepardson / Reuters:

Earlier Picks

David Roberts / Vox:
Michael Bruck / LinkedIn:
Ben Smith / New York Times: