The companies were reportedly “caught off guard” by Trump’s comments, as the White House previously made it clear that the goal was for TikTok to be “American owned.” Reports indicate that the negotiations are not completely dead, but Microsoft and ByteDance are first trying to get clarity about the White House’s stance, and if there […]
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The debate over TikTok parallels a broader U.S. security crackdown on Chinese companies, including telecom providers Huawei and ZTE. The Trump administration has ordered that the U.S. stop buying equipment from those providers to be used in U.S. networks. Mr. Trump has also tried to steer allies away from Huawei over concerns that the Chinese […]
A key issue in the negotiations will be separating TikTok’s technology from ByteDance’s infrastructure and access, to alleviate US concerns about the integrity of personal data. ByteDance owns a Chinese short video app called Douyin that was based on the same code used for TikTok.
The company noted that the discussions with ByteDance are preliminary and that “there can be no assurance that a transaction which involves Microsoft will proceed.” It told people not to expect any further updates “until there is a definitive outcome to our discussions.”
Visitors to Universal Studios in Singapore will now have to pass through facial recognition scanners to enter the park, in the city-state’s latest foray with a technology that has stoked privacy concerns. Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), which owns the sprawling area of tourist attractions, hotels and restaurants in which the park sits, said the scheme […]
Microsoft also has broad ambitions for artificial intelligence that go beyond just the workplace. While its initial foray into AI-powered chatbots for consumers didn’t go to plan, Microsoft does need a consumer testing ground for its AI work that goes beyond Office. TikTok already utilizes AI for facial recognition with the app’s popular filters and […]
APP SCRUTINY The United States has been increasingly scrutinizing app developers over the personal data they handle, especially if some of it involves U.S. military or intelligence personnel. Ordering the divestment of TikTok would not be the first time the White House has taken action over such concerns.
The “easier” list is a little longer, featuring the likes of improved search functionality – with a range of new filters – as well as inline videos during searching and browsing for more immediately informative feedback. Quicker access to Wish Lists is also promised, as is the ability to review and add items to the […]