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Now, SoftBank is considering bidding for TikTok in India in league with Jio & Airtel

TikTok is considering selling its operations in several countries after local govts shut out the app, in fears that sensitive user data was being shared with the Chinese state.
Representational image | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

How India bans apps, can ban be beaten? All you want to know about govt’s China app ban

Experts offer answers on the multiple questions surrounding India’s ban on Chinese apps, which comes amid soaring border tensions between the nations.
Trump signs executive order to ban WeChat, TikTok | Bloomberg

US is working on rules on how bans on TikTok, WeChat will be implemented

Whether the restrictions will apply just to US transactions or also extend to operations globally, could cut into sales across a wide swath of American business.
US President Donald Trump

Trump sets deadline, insists on compensation to US govt in TikTok sale

Trump believes US deserves compensation for resolving national security threat posed by TikTok and the administration is looking at ways to extract a payment from any deal that’s struck.
TikTok | Representational photo | Kon Karampelas | Unsplash

How China has just called Trump’s bluff on buying TikTok

China has added new items to its list of export controls. This means ByteDance will now need Chinese government approval to sell TikTok’s US operations.
TikTok | Representational photo | Kon Karampelas | Unsplash

You still have jobs – TikTok reassures employees in US & Europe after CEO’s exit

Kevin Mayer resigned after only three months as CEO, citing US administration’s push for ByteDance to sell its operations due to national security concerns.
The TikTok app. | Photographer: Roy Liu | Bloomberg

Walmart partners Microsoft to make joint bid to buy TikTok

Microsoft and Walmart are already collaborating on cloud applications, brought together by mutual rivalry with Amazon.
A smartphone displaying the TikTok logo | pexels.com

US-China tensions enter American courtroom as TikTok sues Trump over ban

TikTok & its Chinese parent ByteDance sued in court in Los Angeles to challenge order from Trump prohibiting US residents from doing business with it.
TikTok | Representational photo | Kon Karampelas | Unsplash

TikTok to sue Trump as he prepares to start his ‘tough on China’ re-election campaign

TikTok is set to challenge Trump's order banning transactions with the popular social media app. The move comes on the first day of the Republican National Convention.
A cyclist wearing a protective mask rides past a banner of Chinese president Xi Jinping in Shanghai | Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Hitting China’s soft power where it hurts. Pushback against TikTok, Confucius centres rise

Techno-nationalism connects a nation’s tech innovation to its self-image. Trump’s pushback against Chinese techno-nationalism is not limited to Huawei.

On Camera

An employee sits on a video call at the Unicredit SpA headquarters in Milan

Why shrinking offices and hot-desking are bad ideas, Covid or no Covid

Employees’ demands for flexible working will include spacious offices. Given the relative savings, slashing floor space is a false economy.
Oil Facilities And Services Ahead Of Final Year Figures After Demonetization Induced Fluctuation

Diesel demand drop forces India to import gasoline as Covid skews output

The slump in diesel demand is forcing refineries to operate below capacity, but gasoline sales are back at pre-virus levels with people resorting to personal vehicles.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.