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August 9, 2020, 3:28 AM

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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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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
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.”
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:
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.
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
Twitter says it is testing showing quote tweet counts directly on each tweet to see whether that makes the Retweets with Comments metric “more understandable”  —  Whatever they're called, this is really going to mess with the ratio  —  In a move that may forever change what it means …
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.
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 …
AnnaMaria Andriotis / Wall Street Journal:
US bank regulator fines Capital One $80M over a 2019 hack that compromised personal info of ~106M card customers and applicants between 2005 and early 2019  —  OCC, Federal Reserve order the bank to beef up cybersecurity defenses  —  A top banking regulator has fined Capital …

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