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September 18, 2020, 4:50 PM

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Steve Kovach / CNBC:
Commerce Department announces that it will ban US downloads of and business transactions with TikTok and WeChat on Sunday  —  - The Commerce Department announced it will ban U.S. business transactions with China-owned social apps WeChat and TikTok on Sunday.
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Jason Koebler / VICE:
Banning TikTok from US app stores but allowing it to operate until Nov. 12 prevents TikTok from patching any security vulnerabilities found in the meantime  —  Any TikTok vulnerabilities patched by ByteDance will continue to persist for Americans and Americans only under Trump's new TikTok ban.
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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.
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Epic says it will shut down Fortnite: Save the World on macOS on September 23rd  —  Epic and Apple's squabble will pull the plug on Mac support for this PvE version of ‘Fortnite.’  —  Fortnite: Save the World — a castle building players-vs-zombies version of the game that preceded …
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.
Hugh Son / CNBC:
Neobank Chime raises $485M Series F at a $14.5B valuation; CEO says the startup will be IPO-ready within the next 12 months  —  - Chime, the start-up that delivers banking services through mobile phones, has closed a fundraising that values the company at $14.5 billion, CNBC has learned exclusively.
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
DOJ charges six people who allegedly bribed Amazon employees and contractors since at least 2017 in a scheme to benefit some third-party sellers  —  - The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday charged six individuals who allegedly bribed Amazon employees and contractors …
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.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
NBCU threatens to pull its TV Everywhere channels from Roku as early as this weekend amid Peacock negotiations  —  Late Thursday, Comcast-owned NBCUniversal notified Roku that the media company plans to force Roku to remove access to NBCU's TV Everywhere channels on the Roku platform, including the flagship NBC app.
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
Internet Archive says it is using Cloudflare's reconfigured Always On caching tools to improve its Wayback Machine archiving  —  The Internet Archive and the infrastructure company are teaming up to make sure sites never fully go down.  —  The web is decentralized and fluid by design …
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 from 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 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Interview with Ilkka Paananen, CEO of mobile game maker Supercell, on Tencent's majority stake, attempting to create another hit franchise, and team building  —  Mobile games maker Supercell has been one of the great, understated, breakthroughs of the European startup world.
New York Times:
In August Facebook said it will crackdown on QAnon, but analysis shows QAnon is flourishing on the site, at times aided by Facebook's recommendation engine  —  The social network tried cracking down on the spread of the conspiracy theory and other extremist material.  But QAnon groups are still flourishing on the site.
Natasha Mascarenhas / TechCrunch:
Outschool, a marketplace for online classes, raises $45M Series B, says bookings grew 2,000%+ between Aug. 2019 and Aug. 2020 and it turned profitable this year  —  Outschool, which started in 2015 as a platform for homeschooled students to bolster their extracurricular activities …
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
German media: a patient died after ransomware attack forced a hospital to send them elsewhere; hackers backed down after police told them target was a hospital  —  A person in a life-threatening condition passed away after being forced to go to a more distant hospital due to a ransomware attack.

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