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August 8, 2020, 11:25 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Twitter had preliminary talks with TikTok about combining with TikTok's US operations, expects it would face less antitrust scrutiny than Microsoft  —  Microsoft still seen as front-runner in bidding for video-sharing app's U.S. operations  —  Twitter Inc. TWTR -1.46% …
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
Source: TikTok will sue the Trump administration over the executive order banning the service, as soon as Tuesday  —  TikTok is planning to sue the Trump administration, challenging the president's executive order banning the service from the United States.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Trump signs an executive order to block all transactions with ByteDance and WeChat starting Sept. 20, just 5 days after Microsoft's deadline to acquire TikTok  —  Microsoft is currently in talks to acquire the company  —  President Trump has signed a new executive order …
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Washington Post:
Inside the efforts to sell TikTok as Trump keeps sending contradictory signals, amid shouting matches between Mnuchin and Navarro in the Oval Office  —  Trump advisers Mnuchin and Navarro fought over TikTok as Silicon Valley dealmakers tried to get closer to Trump
New York Times:
Steven Levy / Wired:
Interview with Bill Gates on COVID-19, Trump, last week's antitrust meeting, Mark Zuckerberg, misinformation, and the “poison chalice” of the TikTok deal  —  The techie-turned-philanthropist on vaccines, Trump, and why social media is “a poisoned chalice.”
Steven Levy / Wired:
An inside look at Hawkfish, a Mike Bloomberg-funded tech company that helped his 2020 campaign, which is still working behind the scenes to help elect Joe Biden  —  With expensive data and tech heavy hitters, Hawkfish is backing the former mayor's promise to take on Donald Trump.
Wall Street Journal:
A presentation that's been circulating around DC shows Qualcomm is lobbying the Trump administration for permission to sell its chips for Huawei's 5G phones  —  Smartphone chip maker warns of potentially losing billions of dollars in sales because of export limits
Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE:
Linux Foundation launches Open Source Security Foundation to bring some of the world's most important OSS security initiatives under one umbrella  —  The Linux Foundation said today it's presiding over a new foundation that brings some of the world's most important open-source security initiatives under a new umbrella.
Tripp Mickle / Wall Street Journal:
How Tim Cook turned Apple into a corporate colossus and delivered one of the most lucrative business successions in history  —  The industrial engineer has turned Steve Jobs's creation into a corporate colossus, delivering one of the most lucrative business successions in history
Turner Novak / Turner's Blog:
Profile of Pinduoduo founder Colin Huang, from his early startup endeavors to creating a $100B+ social commerce giant successfully challenging Alibaba and JD  —  How the son of factory workers grew Pinduoduo from Zero to $100 billion in five years.  —  In 2015, Colin Huang founded his third company, Pinduoduo (PDD).
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Reddit says it is investigating after hackers deface more than a dozen subreddits, including some with millions of subscribers, to post pro-Trump messages  —  Hackers took control and defaced several large subreddits to post pro-Trump content.  —  Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Rapidly escalating tensions, including WeChat ban, may devastate Apple's business due to its huge exposure on everything, from manufacturing to sales, to China  —  Trump's ban could have far-reaching consequences for Apple  —  President Trump's executive order banning WeChat …

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