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Trump says he will sign the order to ban TikTok today

TikTok might be looking at a ban in the US soon, as President Donald Trump said he could sign the executive order to block the app by Saturday.

According to a report from Bloomberg, Trump told reporters on Friday night that the app will be banned from the country,  “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States.” 

[Read: TikTok’s CEO takes shots at Zuckerberg as it aims to continue to survive in the US]

He added that he “will sign the document tomorrow.” The President could issue an executive order or bar the short video app under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. Read More


Spotify and Universal sign new licensing deal, will partner on development of marketing tools – TechCrunch

Spotify this morning announced a global, multi-year licensing agreement with Universal Music Group, which secures the label’s catalog for streaming rights but also signs it on to be an early adopter of Spotify’s future products and provide feedback to Spotify’s development team as those products are being built.

Deal terms were not disclosed, but “multi-year” agreements like this would last at least two years, if not three.

The agreement brings on Universal to Spotify’s “two-sided marketplace” — a term Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has been using for years to describe the company’s overall strategy. Essentially, its plan to generate revenue not only from the service’s paying subscribers and advertising, but also from the artists and labels who pay for tools to reach those music fans. Read More


Sign up for next week’s Pitchers & Pitches competition on 7/23 – TechCrunch

Can one minute really make a difference in your startup success? If we’re talking about your 60-second pitch (and we are), then heck yeah! A crisp, concise and compelling pitch opens doors to opportunity, and we’re here to help you pump up your pitch.

Join us online for the next Pitchers & Pitches competition on July 23 at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, where you’ll hear rapid-fire pitches from five Digital Startup Alley exhibitors who will be participating at Disrupt this year. The five early-stage startups will take the virtual stage and present their best pitch to a panel of highly qualified judges — TechCrunch editors who coach Startup Battlefield competitors and leading VCs. Seriously, who wouldn’t want feedback from pros like that? Read More


App Clips could be a Trojan Horse for Sign In with Apple

Apple first came up with its “Sign in with Apple” service last year as a privacy-focused alternative to Google and Facebook. These are often used as a convenient alternative to signing up for a new account every time you want to test a new app or read a news story. For a lot of people, it’s just easier to rely on a single login and password. Unfortunately, whenever you use a login from Google and Facebook, that allows the website in question to request data about you, such as your name, birthday, your internet activity, and more. Google and Facebook in turn get a lot of information about you, which they often use to serve you ads.  Read More

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You can sign up for the iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and macOS 11 beta now – well, sort of

Apple has unveiled iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and macOS 11, showing off the various features that’ll come to iPhones, iPads, and Macs in the near future, but right now, we don’t know exactly when we’ll be able to download them – even the beta versions are only slated for a vague ‘July’ release date.

While you can’t get iOS 14, iPadOS 14 or macOS 11 on your device right now, you can actually sign up for the beta versions already. This means that, when the betas are released by Apple you’ll already be most of the way through the process of getting them, and you’ll get notified by Apple too. Read More


How one woman’s yard sign became a rallying cry for allies

It was a cold night in November 2016 when I first saw the sign.

Long runs in the winter darkness were my response to post-election anxiety. Music both angry (DJ Shadow’s Nobody Speak) and somber (Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker) provided the soundtrack as I chewed over the president-elect’s racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, fact-denying rhetoric. So many groups of people would be vulnerable in the next four years. In the coming battles to protect them, where did we start? And how could we tell who was on our side? Read More

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United Airlines just got kicked out of the NASDAQ 100 by a company that helps you sign PDFs

In a symbolic move, Nasdaq will phase out United Airlines from its popular tech stock indexes and will instead use DocuSign  the electronic signature firm whose stock price has near-doubled in 2020.

As of next Monday, the San Francisco-based DocuSign will sit alongside the likes of Tesla and Zoom in the NASDAQ 100 (NDX) index, which tracks the top non-financial companies listed on US stock exchanges. NDX is widely regarded as a solid benchmark for the tech industry.

After comparing the market performance of the two companies, it’s easy to see why Nasdaq is replacing United Airlines with a ‘stay-at-home’ stock like DocuSign. Read More