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September 19, 2020, 8:15 PM

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Bloomberg:
Trump says he has approved Oracle's bid for the US operations of TikTok “in concept”  —  - Chinese government must still sign off on new U.S. company  — TikTok Global to donate $5 billion to education foundation  —  Donald Trump said he's approved Oracle Corp.'s bid …
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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Bloomberg:
TikTok asked a court on Friday to block its ban, saying US govt. exceeded its authority, the ban was issued for political reasons, and violates First Amendment  —  - Company says Trump exceeded his authority with ban order  — Video-sharing app surged in popularity, especially with teens
Jason Koebler / VICE:
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Check Point: Iranian hacker group Rampant Kitten, which has been active for 6+ years, has developed an Android malware capable of stealing 2FA SMS codes  —  The malware could steal 2FA SMS codes for Google accounts.  Also contained vague functionality to do the same for Telegram and various social networks.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
iOS 14 Picture in Picture functionality stops working for YouTube's mobile website in Safari for users who do not subscribe to YouTube Premium  —  Apple in iOS 14 added Picture in Picture to the iPhone, a feature designed to let you watch a video in a small screen on your device while you continue to do other things on the phone.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
In a new filing, Epic rejects Apple's claim that “interest” in Fortnite declined by 70%, says active players grew 39% between October 2019 and July 2020  —  Epic is hitting back at Apple's claims that the developer's lawsuit was just an attempt to revitalize sagging interest in Fortnite on iOS.
Zac Bowden / Windows Central:
An inside look at how Microsoft tried and failed in creating a version of Windows for dual-screen devices like Surface Duo, and eventually picked Android  —  Curious what Surface Duo was like when it was a Windows device?  Wonder no more.  —  Here at Windows Central …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Apple's subscription bundle Apple One will greatly help TV+ by keeping subscriber metrics high as the service grows, following a strategy similar to Prime Video  —  A big push ahead of the streaming service's anniversary  —  Apple's new Apple One bundle, which gives customers an assortment …
Alex Kantrowitz / Big Technology:
The FTC and DOJ antitrust divisions are underfunded, as current and ex-staffers say tech giants use close personal ties and deep pockets to stymie regulation  —  U.S. regulators don't have enough money to properly check the tech giants, according to firsthand accounts

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