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August 9, 2020, 3:50 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Twitter had preliminary talks with TikTok about combining with TikTok's US operations, expecting 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 as soon as Tuesday over the executive order banning the service  —  TikTok is planning to sue the Trump administration, challenging the president's executive order banning the service from the United States.  —  The video-sharing app hugely popular …
Ana Swanson / New York Times:
The language in Trump's EOs on WeChat and TikTok may be vague deliberately, as some argue the uncertainty may dissuade more US companies from operating in China  —  The restrictions on the two Chinese-owned apps followed a familiar model for other policy announcements on China from the Trump administration.
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New York Times:
Joe Mcdonald / Associated Press:
Huawei says that production of its high-end Kirin smartphone chips will stop Sept. 15 and, more broadly, its smartphone production has “no chips and no supply”  —  BEIJING (AP) — Chinese tech giant Huawei is running out of processor chips to make smartphones due to U.S. sanctions …
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
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 …
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
Steven Levy / Wired:
Interview with Bill Gates on COVID-19, Trump, recent House antitrust hearing, 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.”
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Gary Ng / iPhone in Canada Blog:
Apple files a notice of opposition with USPTO against a startup trying to trademark a logo which resembles a pear for its recipe search app called Prepear  —  Prepear is a meal planner and grocery list app that helps people discover recipes and more.  It's a spin off from the founders …

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