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ByteDance and Microsoft deal for TikTok to stay in the U.S. waits for White House ruling – TechCrunch


Update 8/1 1:30PM PT: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the deal ByteDance and Microsoft were pitching as a way to keep TikTok running as a U.S. company here in the states is on hold. The reason given is that both parties are now a bit shaken by Trump’s statements late last night about not allowing such a deal to go through and being intent on a ban. They’re now ‘looking for clarity’ on the White House position on such a deal. We’re looking into it with Microsoft and ByteDance but for now we haven’t heard that anything material is different here — the deal was always contingent on tacit, if not explicit, approval from the administration. We will update if we hear more. Original story follows. Read More

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VentureBeat

ByteDance and Microsoft offer White House a deal to keep TikTok in the U.S.


(Reuters) — China’s ByteDance has agreed to divest the U.S. operations of TikTok completely in a bid to save a deal with the White House, after President Donald Trump said on Friday he had decided to ban the popular short-video app, two people familiar with the matter said on Saturday. U.S. officials have said TikTok under its Chinese parent poses a national risk because of the personal data it handles. ByteDance’s concession will test whether Trump’s threat to ban TikTok is a negotiating tactic or whether he is intent on cracking down on a social media app that has up to 80 million daily active users in the United States. Read More

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The Verge

After impassioned speech, AOC’s ban on US military recruiting via Twitch fails House vote


An amendment proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) that would ban the US military from recruiting on Twitch failed a House vote Thursday evening. Had it passed, it would have been an amendment to the House Committee on Appropriations bill, which is part of the process in how the Pentagon’s annual budget is set.

The vote is now at 45 yeas to 105 nays. Majority is not in favor of @AOC‘s bill. The US Navy and Army have stated they will continue to stream on Twitch and declined to comment on pending legislation. Read More

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The Verge

Tech antitrust hearing: news, updates, and documents from House Judiciary


On July 29th, the House Judiciary’s antitrust subcommittee held a hearing with four of the biggest figures in tech: Apple’s Tim Cook, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Google’s Sundar Pichai. But while the CEOs’ testimonies got most of the attention, the subcommittee also published a treasure trove of internal documents from the companies, providing an unexpected look into the internal workings of some of the largest and most secretive companies in the world.

Some of those documents have gone into building the antitrust case for breaking these companies up — or at least heavily regulating them. But others simply give a glimpse into how the world’s largest tech companies operate, showing internal disagreements and relentless pressure to succeed. Read More

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Mashable

Here’s how much each Big Tech CEO spoke at the House antitrust hearing

The CEOs of Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon digitally gathered on Wednesday for a grilling in front of the House Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law.

At issue were each company’s alleged anticompetitive practices, and Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai, and Jeff Bezos were all given time to have their say. It just so happened that some executives got more of a “say” than others.

Over the course of approximately five and a half hours, both the number of questions directed at each CEO and the time allotted to answer said questions varied widely. Thankfully, Mashable’s Sasha Lekach tallied it all up:  Read More

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VentureBeat

Heal raises $100 million for telehealth appointments and house calls


Heal, a health care platform that enables patients to set up physical house calls, has raised $100 million — at a $300 million valuation — from health insurance giant Humana.

Founded in 2014, Heal’s core service is about connecting doctors from across the U.S. with patients, bringing care to the comfort of their home. Through the web or mobile app, users can arrange for a house call priced at $159, though the normal use case would involve a patient covered under their employer’s insurance. Read More

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Mashable

White House lies about ‘Paw Patrol’ being canceled and everything is so stupid

Another day, another ridiculous and puzzling statement made during an official White House briefing — this time about a bunch of cartoon dogs.

Sorry, you did actually read that right. On Friday afternoon, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters that President Donald Trump is in deep disagreement with anyone who wants to defund the police. She went on to say that he is “appalled by cancel culture, and cancel culture specifically as it pertains to cops.”

McEnany then provided specific examples of the kind of cop-related cancel culture that’s making Trump so angry, and things got a little messy. Read More

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Mashable

Stretch is an $18,000 robot that will try and help around the house

Stretch is a robot with a strong grip and it’s ready to do your laundry.

launched the 50-pound bot on Tuesday. The startup was founded by Google’s former robotics director, Aaron Edsinger, and Georgia Tech professor Charlie Kemp, who met at MIT.