TikTok confirms agreement with Oracle, Walmart; says Oracle will host all US user data | World News

Beijing: TikTok, a video-sharing app owned by Chinese company ByteDance, has confirmed an agreement with Oracle and Walmart, earlier announced by US President Donald Trump. “We are pleased that the proposal by TikTok, Oracle, and Walmart will resolve the security concerns of the US Administration and settle questions around TikTok`s future in the US,” a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement released on TikTok`s Communications Team Twitter page on Saturday. According to the release, both Oracle and Walmart will take part in a TikTok Global pre-IPO financing round in which…

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Tropical Storm Sally in US to strengthen to hurricane, says forecaster | World News

HOUSTON: Louisiana and Mississippi residents were under evacuation orders on Monday as Tropical Storm Sally churned across the Gulf of Mexico and was strengthening to a hurricane, the US National Hurricane Center said. The second storm in less than a month to threaten the region, Sally is forecast to become a hurricane by late Monday and was headed toward a slow-motion landfall on the US Gulf Coast, with winds of up to 85 miles per hour (137 km/h), the center said. Residents from Louisiana to Florida were told to expect heavy…

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TikTok Reportedly in Talks With Three Companies to Sale its Operations in US

Image for representation (Reuters) TikTok came under pressure to sell its US operations after President Donald Trump threatened to ban the short-video-sharing platform over national security concerns. IANS Last Updated: August 28, 2020, 1:28 PM IST FOLLOW US ON: TikTok’s parent ByteDance is negotiating with three companies including Microsoft and Oracle and a deal announcing the sale of its US operations is expected in the coming days, CNBC reported on Thursday. Retail giant Walmart is working with SoftBank on a potential TikTok acquisition, said the…

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China Could Boycott Apple if US Govt Bans WeChat, Foreign Ministry Warns

Chinese consumers could boycott Apple if the United States bans WeChat, China’s foreign ministry spokesman warned Friday, as the clock ticks down on a US order to block the popular social app. US President Donald Trump this month announced a ban from mid-September on WeChat and another Chinese-owned app, TikTok, accusing them of threatening national security, further stoking tensions between Beijing and Washington. But foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian tweeted Friday that “If WeChat is banned, then there will be no reason why Chinese shall keep iPhone and apple products”.…

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WeChat Users Sue Donald Trump Administration Over The Threat to Ban Messaging App

The lawsuit says the pending ban on WeChat is a violation of the First Amendment free speech rights and that it is unfairly targeting the Chinese community in the US. News18.com Last Updated: August 24, 2020, 9:45 AM IST As the apps owned by Chinese tech companies continue to be in the line of fire in many countries, including India and the US, a WeChat users group has sued the Donald Trump administration for what they call unconstitutional threats, the violation of the First Amendment free speech rights…

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Google Takes Down Thousands of Apps for Spreading Misinformation Ahead of US Elections

Image for Representation (Reuters) Google said mobile apps disseminating voting information and increasingly support voting activity, must ensure safety and transparency for app users. IANS Last Updated: August 20, 2020, 2:28 PM IST Google has removed thousands of apps for engaging in deceptive behaviour, distributing misleading information such as altering media clips or sending fake text messages in the run-up to November presidential election in the US. The company said that as mobile apps disseminate voting information and increasingly support voting activity, it is on the job to…

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Oracle joins bid for TikTok’s US operations, say sources | World News

Oracle Corp has joined some of the investors of TikTok`s Chinese owner, ByteDance, in pursuing a bid for the popular short-video app`s operations in North America, Australia and New Zealand, according to people familiar with the matter. The move would represent a strategic departure for Oracle, which caters mostly to corporate customers and generates the bulk of its sales from cloud offerings and software licensing. Its co-founder and chairman Larry Ellison is one of the few top technology executives to openly support President Donald Trump, who has ordered ByteDance to…

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Apple’s Business in China Could be Impacted by $28 Billion in China if US Stays WeChat Ban: Report

Image for Representation. (Picture Source: Reuters) China is Apple’s third-largest market where it amassed about $44 billion in net sales in 2019. IANS Last Updated: August 18, 2020, 11:53 AM IST The US ban on WeChat, a messaging, social media, and electronic payment application owned by the Chinese company Tencent Holdings Ltd, can impact Apple business up to worth $28 billion, a report said on Monday. Apart from the ban order on Chinese short-video-making app TikTok, US President Donald Trump also issued another similarly-worded executive order against WeChat.…

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Trump Directs TikTok Parent ByteDance to Sell Its US Assets Within 90 Days, Delete User Data

File photo of US President Donald Trump. (Reuters Photo) It remains unclear what the TikTok orders mean for the app’s 100 million U.S. users, many of them teenagers or young adults who use it to post and watch short-form videos. Associated Press Last Updated: August 15, 2020, 10:35 AM IST President Donald Trump on Friday gave the Chinese company ByteDance 90 days to divest itself of any assets used to support the popular TikTok app in the United States. Trump’s executive order said there is “credible evidence that…

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Facebook Faces New Lawsuit For Using Instagram To Allegedly Store Biometric Data Without Consent

Facebook and use data privacy really don’t seem to go hand in hand. The social network is now facing a lawsuit for allegedly collecting and storing user biometric data on its photo-sharing app Instagram. In a new lawsuit filed in a state court in Redwood City, California, it is alleged that Facebook stored biometric data, such as from photo tags on the social network, without consent from as many as 100 million Instagram users. The lawsuit not only alleges that Facebook collected that data, but also stored the same and…

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Donald Trump Impersonator Sarah Cooper Gets Netflix Comedy Special

Sarah Cooper, the viral TikTok sensation who lip-syncs to President Donald Trump, has landed her own comedy special at Netflix. Cooper took the social media by storm after her satirical “How to Medical” video, in which she lip-syncs to Trump’s infamous comments recommending UV lights and disinfectant injections to treat coronavirus, broke the Internet in April. The clip has been viewed over 21 million times across TikTok, including other platforms like Twitter, and YouTube. According to Entertainment Weekly, the variety special, titled “Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine”, will arrive on the…

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Your Android Phone Will Soon Be Part Of A Worldwide Earthquake Detection Network

Google is creating a worldwide earthquake detection network, and every Android phone will eventually be a part of that. The system is now rolling out for Android phones in California in the US as part of the phased rollout and will use the sensors in Android phones to detect seismic activity and warn people in the region where the detection has happened. The Android Earthquake Alerts System will be a one of its kind global network which will tap the millions of Android phones in use around the world for…

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