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September 18, 2020, 8:30 AM

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Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:
Source: TikTok and WeChat will be removed from Apple and Google's app stores in the US from Sunday to implement Trump's executive orders  —  Trump executive orders also require removal of social media app WeChat from Apple and Google's app stores in US  —  TikTok will be removed …
New York Times:
Sources: Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom has had preliminary talks about becoming TikTok's new CEO  —  The video app is also looking for a new chief executive and has talked to candidates including a founder of Instagram.  —  WASHINGTON — The Chinese company that owns TikTok has accepted …
Washington Post:
Sources: Steven Mnuchin is attempting to push through a TikTok deal enabling it to retain some Chinese ownership, despite security concerns from lawmakers  —  The deal would let the U.S. government approve the company's board and require TikTok to plan to go public
CNBC:
Sources: ByteDance plans US IPO for new global TikTok business if Trump approves deal including Walmart and Oracle, which will take less than a 20% global stake  —  - President Trump is expected to decide on TikTok's fate in the U.S. in the next 24-36 hours, sources told CNBC's David Faber.
Bloomberg:
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Google pulls India's Paytm app from Play Store ahead of the Indian Premier League cricket tournament; sources say for repeatedly violating its gambling policies  —  Google has pulled Indian financial services app Paytm from the Play Store for repeatedly violating its policies.
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook says it will specify which parts of its internal Workplace are for discussing political issues so staffers don't have to confront such issues at work  —  - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday outlined to employees a new set of principles to guide debates and conversations within Workplace …
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Twitter rolls out security features for high-profile political accounts, including enabling password reset protection and security prompts, ahead of US election  —  It's automatically turning on password reset protection  —  Twitter will start prompting high-profile political accounts …
Jack Brewster / Forbes:
Michael Steeber / 9to5Mac:
Apple says it will open its online store in India on September 23  —  Apple announced today that it plans to open its online store in India on September 23.  The expansion will bring direct sales and an improved shopping experience to customers in the region for the first time.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Apple's iOS 14.2 developer beta adds Music Recognition feature in Control Center, using Shazam tech for song identification of audio in apps and the environment  —  iOS 14.2 can identify songs that are playing inside your apps  —  Apple bought music recognition app Shazam in 2018 …
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
A bug in the first public release of iOS 14 is making the default browser or mail app settings reset to Apple's Safari or Mail when the device reboots  —  One of the new features in iOS 14 is the ability to change the default email or browser app to a third-party alternative such as Chrome, Edge, or Outlook.
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Mozilla says it is permanently shutting down Firefox Send after some users sent malware and conducted spear phishing attacks using the file-sharing service  —  Expanding beyond the Firefox browser to online services isn't simple.  —  Mozilla permanently shut down its Firefox Send service …
David Jeans / Forbes:
CEO of fraud detection startup NS8 arrested by the FBI on charges of misleading investors who invested $123M in his company, a deal in which he earned $17M+  —  The CEO of a startup that sold fraud prevention software is facing fraud charges after he was arrested Thursday by the FBI in Las Vegas.
Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:
PS5 will launch on Nov. 12 in North America, Japan, Mexico, AU, and NZ for $500 for Blu-Ray version and $400 for Digital Edition and then elsewhere on Nov. 19  —  Sony provided more details about the upcoming PlayStation 5.  During a video event today, the company explained what you can expect in terms of a PS5 release date and price.
Bloomberg:
EU is considering new rules that would likely require Apple to give competitors access to the NFC tech used for payments in its iPhones  —  - EU antitrust authorities are already investigating NFC access  — Statement part of EU digital finance package to come next week
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Rob Walker / Marker:
Despite a shift to remote work amid COVID-19, Slack is having a hard time living up to its hype as layoffs/slowed hiring among its clients undercut its billings  —  In the war for the remote office, why isn't the hyped messaging app pulling a Zoom?  —  It's no secret that the arrival …

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