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August 9, 2020, 3:35 AM

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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 …
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% …
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.
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:
Intelligence agencies don't see TikTok as a major security issue, see the claimed risks as largely theoretical, and view companies like Huawei as larger threats  —  Even as the White House moves against the Chinese social media app, the intelligence agencies do not see it as a major issue along the lines of Huawei.
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
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 …
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 …

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