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September 13, 2020, 7:40 PM

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New York Times:
Microsoft says ByteDance has rejected its offer to take over TikTok's US operations; Oracle is the only known remaining bidder  —  The move leaves Oracle as the sole known remaining bidder, as the clock ticks down on President Trump's executive order to block the app.
South China Morning Post:
Source: ByteDance notified US authorities and potential bidders for TikTok US operations that it will not sell or transfer TikTok's recommendation algorithm  —  Chinese tech company decides not to sell or transfer code behind the popular video-sharing app, source says Decision comes …
Dan Primack / Axios:
Sources: Oracle has leapfrogged Microsoft as the most likely buyer of TikTok's US operations, but there is still a possibility of no deal happening  —  Oracle has leapfrogged Microsoft as the most likely buyer of TikTok's U.S. operations, according to multiple sources familiar with the process.
Ian King / Bloomberg:
Nvidia says it has agreed to buy Arm from SoftBank Group for $40B in the semiconductor industry's largest-ever deal, says it will keep Arm's HQ in the UK  —  - Acquirer pledges to keep Arm independent to retain customers  — Nvidia to build AI research facility at Arm's U.K. location
Alyse Stanley / Gizmodo:
Facebook says it is removing misleading posts about how Oregon wildfires were started after initially saying it was reducing the distribution of such posts  —  As emergency responders in Oregon struggle to contain a record 900,000 acres of wildfires across the state, local police have been fighting …
Wataru Suzuki / Nikkei Asian Review:
New York Times:
Profile of Vanessa Pappas, an ex-YouTube exec and TikTok's N. America chief since 2018, who took over as interim global chief amid its geopolitical predicament  —  Vanessa Pappas is keeping a focus on the app's community of creators and users as it deals with pressure from President Trump, Beijing and a possible sale.
Julia Herbst / Fast Company:
GitLab, which has an all-remote workforce of 1,300+ employees from 67 countries, is advising companies like Twitter on its “radically transparent” working model  —  As 2020's experiment with working from home turns into something more permanent, GitLab—the world's largest all-remote company …
Ian Sherr / CNET:
Microsoft says Apple's App Store changes still create a bad experience for gamers, who want a catalog app and not to “be forced to download over 100 apps”  —  Apple is changing its App Store rules to allow game streaming services, which let people play video games over the internet …
Cecilia D'Anastasio / Wired:
Franchised esports leagues have allowed players to become full-time employees but critics say game publishers like Activision have too much power over players  —  Franchised leagues are a modern experiment in what happens when a marketing initiative becomes a billion-dollar industry.

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