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September 20, 2020, 5:50 PM

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Bloomberg:
Trump says he has approved Oracle's bid for the US operations of TikTok “in concept”  —  - TikTok app store ban put on hold for a week after Trump nod  — New TikTok Global to donate $5 billion to education foundation  —  Donald Trump gave his blessing to Oracle Corp.'s bid …
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Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
US delays TikTok ban by a week, as company says Oracle and Walmart may take 20% stake in TikTok Global's pre-IPO round, host US user data and computer systems  —  Well... that was pointless.  —  After debasing the idea of free commerce in the U.S in the name of a misplaced security concern …
Amanda Macias / CNBC:
US judge in California issues a preliminary injunction halting Commerce Department's order banning downloads of WeChat from Sunday  —  - A U.S. judge in California halted the Trump administration's ban on downloads of the Chinese-owned app WeChat early Sunday.
Reuters:
ByteDance says that it is not aware of the news that TikTok is setting up a $5B education fund in the US as part of a deal to continue operating in the US  —  NINGBO, China (Reuters) - TikTok owner Bytedance said in a social media post on Sunday that it was the first time it had heard …
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Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
How “Huang's Law”, gains in AI chip performance even faster than Moore's Law, moves data processing from the cloud to the edge and may explain Nvidia's Arm deal  —  The rule that the same dollar buys twice the computing power every 18 months is no longer true, but a new law …
Clive Thompson / Wired:
YouTube taught its recommendation system how to recognize and demote conspiratorial videos, but organic link-sharing and bot promotion are thwarting its efforts  —  From flat-earthers to QAnon to Covid quackery, the video giant is awash in misinformation.  Can AI keep the lunatic fringe from going viral?
Shannon McGregor / Wired:
Facebook and Twitter fail to differentiate “coordinated behavior” from standard political campaign practices, leading to unclear and inconsistent moderation  —  No one knows, not even the policy writers or enforcers.  And the ambiguity is exacerbating threats to our electoral process.
Ina Fried / Axios:
After losing out to Apple and Google on smartphones, Facebook's big bets on VR and AR can be seen as attempting to control the next big hardware platforms  —  Facebook's foray into virtual and augmented reality, which it doubled down on this week, is a bet on where the future of online social interaction is heading.
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