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September 18, 2020 | Via Sky News

TikTok Downloads to be Blocked in US within Days

People in the US will be banned from downloading TikTok from this Sunday. The US Commerce Department said that starting 20 September, Americans will not be able to get the popular video-sharing app. The ban will also cover the messaging app WeChat. President Donald Trump could still withdraw the ban before Sunday evening if a deal is done between TikTok’s Chinese owners ByteDance and US technology giant Oracle.

September 15, 2020 | Via BBC

YouTube’s TikTok Rival to be Tested in India

YouTube has announced it will test a beta version of its new TikTok rival in India. YouTube Shorts will limit videos to 15 seconds, and the platform will feature creator tools that are similar to Chinese-owned TikTok’s. India banned TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps in June as border tensions rose between the two countries. At the time, India was TikTok’s biggest foreign market,

September 14, 2020 | Via NPR

Microsoft, Oracle Lose Bids for TikTok

With its deadline to sell or be banned in the U.S. fast-approaching, Chinese tech giant ByteDance said it will not be selling its video-sharing app TikTok to either Microsoft or Oracle, according to China state TV. Before that report, Microsoft said in a statement that ByteDance informed the company its bid for TikTok’s U.S. operations had been rejected.

August 5, 2020 | Via BBC

Ex-Google Engineer Sentenced for Theft

An ex-engineer for Google’s self-driving car unit has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for trade secret theft shortly before he joined Uber. US District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco said Anthony Levandowski had carried out the “biggest trade secret crime I have ever seen”. Levandowski loaded more than 14,000 Google files onto his laptop before leaving the firm in January 2016.

August 3, 2020 | Via Sky News

Trump ‘Backs’ Microsoft Buyout of TikTok

The Chinese-owned short-video app TikTok could be sold to Microsoft after an apparent change of mind by US President Donald Trump. On Friday, Mr Trump said he intended to ban TikTok from the US because of concerns about the data of American users and he appeared to dismiss the idea of a takeover by a US company.

July 30, 2020 | Via The Guardian

Congress Grills Top Tech CEOs in Combative Antitrust Hearing

The US’s top tech bosses were told they have “too much power”, are censoring political speech, spreading fake news and “killing” the engines of the American economy, at a combative congressional hearing on Wednesday. The historic hearing in Washington saw Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tim Cook of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Sundar Pichai of Google’s parent Alphabet appear before members of the House judiciary’s antitrust subcommittee.

June 12, 2020 | Via Sky News

Zoom Disables Accounts of Chinese Dissidents

Zoom suspended an account used to host a meeting commemorating the Tiananmen Square massacre between pro-democracy activists and Chinese dissidents. The suspension targeted Humanitarian China, an organization based in the US, after it held a call with roughly 250 people, including a number who dialed in from China. The company said: “Just like any global company, we must comply with applicable laws in the jurisdictions where we operate.”

June 1, 2020 | Via The Guardian

SpaceX Capsule Docks at International Space Station

A mere 19 hours after blasting off from Florida, and with a short break for a burst of Black Sabbath in between, two Nasa astronauts docked the SpaceX Dragon crew capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday in another milestone moment for their historic mission. SpaceX confirmed docking was made at 10.16am ET above the China-Mongolia border.

April 10, 2020 | Via Sky News

Teachers in Singapore Stopped from using Zoom

Teachers have been stopped from using Zoom in Singapore following a series of “very serious incidents”. One incident reportedly saw hackers hijack the livestream of a geography lesson for teenage girls – forcing pictures of male genitalia to appear on their screens. The security breaches came during the first week of a coronavirus lockdown in Singapore, which has seen many schools move to home-based learning.

April 1, 2020 | Via BBC

Zoom Under Increased Scrutiny as Popularity Soars

The video conferencing app Zoom has come under fresh high-level scrutiny as its popularity soars during the coronavirus pandemic. New York’s attorney general has written to the firm raising concerns over its ability to cope with the rise in users. Zoom is now being used by millions of people for work and leisure, as lockdowns are imposed in many countries. But its data security and privacy measures have been questioned.

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