TechCrunch: The TikTok deal solves quite literally nothing

TechCrunch: The TikTok deal solves quite literally nothing . “After debasing the idea of free commerce in the U.S in the name of a misplaced security concern, stringing along several multi-billion dollar companies that embarrassed themselves in the interest of naked greed, and demanding that the U.S. government get a cut of the profits, the TikTok saga we’ve been watching the past few weeks finally appears to be over. A flurry of announcement late Saturday night indicate that the TikTok deal was actually a politically-oriented shakedown to boost the cloud infrastructure business of key supporters of the President of the United States.”

CNN: Trump says he has approved a deal for purchase of TikTok

CNN: Trump says he has approved a deal for purchase of TikTok. “President Donald Trump said Saturday he has approved a deal between TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, and Oracle (ORCL), temporarily averting a ban on TikTok in US app stores. The Commerce Department confirmed in a statement Saturday evening that it would delay — by one week — restrictions that were originally to take effect on Sunday.”

CNN: How to save your favorite TikToks

CNN: How to save your favorite TikToks. “The Commerce Department plans to bar downloads of TikTok, as well as popular messaging app WeChat, on Sunday as the Trump administration’s executive orders concerning the two apps are set to take effect. The department said Friday that, as of Sunday, any moves to distribute or maintain TikTok or WeChat on an app store will be prohibited, meaning no more downloads or updates. If you didn’t have your settings set to save your TikTok videos to your device every time you posted a new video, you’ll need to go through manually. There are a few ways to do this.”

New to TikTok: Trump’s looming ban prompts some to download the app (CNET)

CNET: New to TikTok: Trump’s looming ban prompts some to download the app. “Luna Flesher had considered downloading TikTok but worried about the security of the short-form video app. Plus, the 46-year-old thought the app, famous for dance-offs and lip syncing, was for teens. On Friday, Flesher pushed those concerns aside and started using TikTok for the first time after news broke that the Trump administration planned to bar new downloads of the app on midnight Sunday.”

How to use TikTok: It’s not too late to try the app for the first time (CNET)

CNET: How to use TikTok: It’s not too late to try the app for the first time. “Starting Sunday, the wildly popular social video app TikTok won’t be allowed in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, as part of new measures against China by the Trump administration. Tencent’s WeChat apps also fell under the ban. It’s not too late, however, for you to have some fun on the quirky video app.”

CNN: Trump administration provides first details on how a TikTok ban would work

CNN: Trump administration provides first details on how a TikTok ban would work. “President Donald Trump’s looming ban on business dealings with TikTok will not restrict the social media app’s employees from receiving wages or benefits, and will not make it a crime for those employees to perform their day jobs, the US government said in a court filing Monday. The disclosure reflects the first concrete details the federal government has disclosed about how Trump’s ban against TikTok would be implemented.”

TechCrunch: TikTok fixes Android bugs that could have led to account hijacks

TechCrunch: TikTok fixes Android bugs that could have led to account hijacks. “TikTok has fixed four security bugs in its Android app that could have led to the hijacking of user accounts. The vulnerabilities, discovered by app security startup Oversecured, could have allowed a malicious app on the same device to steal sensitive files, like session tokens, from inside the TikTok app. Session tokens are small files that keep the user logged in without having to re-enter their passwords. But if stolen, these tokens can give an attacker access to a user’s account without needing their password.”

Trump’s war on TikTok could hurt these teachers: ‘My family will be screwed’ (Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Times: Trump’s war on TikTok could hurt these teachers: ‘My family will be screwed’. “An executive order targeting the popular video-sharing app TikTok made doing business with its Chinese parent company, Bytedance, illegal starting on Sept. 20. The order sparked a flurry of speculation: on the legality of the action, on the legitimacy of its claims that TikTok posed a national security threat, and over which U.S. company might try to buy the app and save its tens of millions of users from oblivion. For teachers on GoGoKid, which is also owned by Bytedance, it raised more urgent questions.”

Variety: YouTube Announces TikTok Copycat ‘YouTube Shorts’ for 15-Second Videos

Variety: YouTube Announces TikTok Copycat ‘YouTube Shorts’ for 15-Second Videos. “Like TikTok, the YouTube Shorts tool features a multi-segment camera to edit multiple video clips together, and will feature a library of songs to include as backing tracks for videos. Also mimicking TikTok, YouTube Shorts includes speed controls that ‘give you the flexibility to be creative in your performance’ as well as a timer and countdown ‘to easily record, hands-free,’ according to [YouTube’s Chris] Jaffe.”

Techdirt: If We’re So Worried About TikTok, Why Aren’t We Just As Worried About AdTech And Location Data Sales?

Techdirt: If We’re So Worried About TikTok, Why Aren’t We Just As Worried About AdTech And Location Data Sales?. “…most of the ‘experts’ and politicians who think banning TikTok is a good idea don’t seem to realize it’s not going to genuinely accomplish much in full context. Chinese intelligence can still glean this (and much more data) from a wide variety of sources thanks to our wholesale privacy and security failures on countless other fronts. It’s kind of like banning sugary soda to put out a forest fire, or spitting at a thunderstorm to slow its advance over the horizon.”

Deutsche Welle: ByteDance to pursue partnership with Oracle to avoid US sale of TikTok

Deutsche Welle: ByteDance to pursue partnership with Oracle to avoid US sale of TikTok. “Chinese tech company ByteDance will seek a partnership deal with US tech company Oracle Corp, sources familiar with the negotiations said Monday, hoping for a workaround that will avoid a forced sale of TikTok in the US. Instead of the expected buyout of the video-sharing app’s US operations, the latest proposal would see Oracle become ByteDance’s tech partner, taking over management of TikTok’s US user data and storing it in Oracle’s cloud servers.”

CNET: TikTok witches are fighting for the online future of witchcraft

CNET: TikTok witches are fighting for the online future of witchcraft. “More and more ‘baby witches’ are spending hours exchanging tips, tricks and ideas with like-minded witches in virtual family-like groups, known as covens, on platforms like TikTok and YouTube. It’s this influx of witches using social media and technology that has brought increased attention to the witchcraft community — but with a significant amount of double, double, toil and trouble. Social media has created a schism between the tech-friendly young witches and the older witches who remain worried it might set the community back centuries of progress.”

New York Times: The Woman Taking Over TikTok at the Toughest Time

New York Times: The Woman Taking Over TikTok at the Toughest Time. “Six weeks ago, as TikTok grappled with escalating tensions between the United States and China, the social media app’s top executives huddled together to figure out their next steps. Vanessa Pappas, 41, was worried. TikTok’s North American business, which she has run since 2018, was dealing with an uproar.”

Bloomberg Quint: Trump’s TikTok Ban Leaves Apple, Google Stuck in the Middle

Bloomberg Quint: Trump’s TikTok Ban Leaves Apple, Google Stuck in the Middle. “It’s looking increasingly likely that TikTok won’t be able to sell its U.S. operations by the mid-September deadline imposed in an executive order issued by President Donald Trump last month. That doesn’t mean the video app beloved by tens of millions of teens will go dark overnight.”

TechCrunch: TikTok joins Europe’s code on tackling hate speech

TechCrunch: TikTok joins Europe’s code on tackling hate speech. “TikTok, the popular short video sharing app, has joined the European Union’s Code of Conduct on Countering Illegal Hate Speech. In a statement on joining the code, TikTok’s head of trust and safety for EMEA, Cormac Keenan, said: ‘We have never allowed hate on TikTok, and we believe it’s important that internet platforms are held to account on an issue as crucial as this.'”