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Instagram launches TikTok clone as Facebook defends its copycat strategies

The product, called Reels, lets people edit 15-second clips of videos together alongside music, just like on TikTok.
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TikTok’s price is the biggest question mark in Microsoft’s already complex deal to buy it

Analysts peg TikTok's US business value anywhere from $20 billion to $50 billion, a wide range that reflects the complexity involved in separating the app’s global business.
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China calls US plans for purchase of TikTok as theft, hints at blocking deal

President Trump Monday said that any sale of TikTok assets would include some payment to the US, and demanded that it either be sold to an American firm soon or shut down.
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US TikTok influencers sign petitions to prevent ban, move the party to Instagram

TikTok devotees have flooded the app with tributes to the platform akin to mourning the loss of a friend, & protests against Trump for what many users felt was a personal affront.
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Microsoft’s long history in China complicates potential TikTok deal

Microsoft entered China in 1992, helping to engineer the govt’s computer systems and installing special versions of Windows OS that comply with the country’s censorship controls.
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Trump says TikTok must sell its US unit by 15 September or shut down

US President Trump also said the federal government will have to be paid an amount equal to a percentage of the deal, 'whether it’s Microsoft or somebody else or it was Chinese'.

Trump’s TikTok assault opens new front in tech war with China

US moves underscore how the concept of internet decoupling is becoming a reality. If the administration decides data is the key factor, some popular games may also get ensnared.
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Why TikTok could be the deal of the decade for Microsoft and Satya Nadella

If and when a deal is finalised, the amount will tell us the true value of TikTok's operations, which has over 100 million US users, and more importantly, that of Satya Nadella.
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Will sign document tomorrow, says Trump as he promises US ban on TikTok soon

Trump’s move could upend a potential bid from Microsoft Corp., which was exploring an acquisition.
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A TikTok-Microsoft deal might solve everything

An independent TikTok owned by American venture capital firms is a preferable option. By staying separate, it can hire the best engineers with tantalizing pre-IPO stock options.

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US ban on Chinese ownership of TikTok does no favours for Facebook, Google

By citing data privacy and foreign influence to justify its restrictions, the US has thrown a spotlight on issues that Silicon Valley’s social media giants have kept in the shadows.
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Vodafone Idea posts eighth straight loss, loses more subscribers

Vodafone Idea has so far failed to win better payment terms from the govt on the money it owes. Its net debt was Rs 1.2 lakh crore as of the quarter ended June.

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Document saying sensitive Ladakh standoff likely to be prolonged removed from MoD website

In the official document, now taken down from its website, defence ministry also said Chinese aggression increasing along LAC and 'more particularly' in Galwan valley since 5 May.
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Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.