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September 20, 2020, 11:25 AM

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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 …
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 …
CNBC:
US judge in California issues a preliminary injunction halting Commerce Department's order banning downloads of WeChat from Sunday  —  A U.S. judge early Sunday blocked the Commerce Department from requiring Apple and Alphabet's Google to remove Tencent Holding's WeChat for downloads by late 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 …
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
Kaitlyn Tiffany / The Atlantic:
A look at teen TikTok stars like “Mooptopia”, who achieved sudden viral fame and found it hard to contend with the devotion and nonstop attention of fans  —  Teens are making it big overnight, but that kind of fame can be a mixed bag.  —  A girl sits alone on an ugly couch …
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.
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