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TikTok and Other Chinese app May Be Getting Banned In The U.S.

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TikTok May Be Getting Banned In The U.S.

Mike Pompeo, announced that the U.S. is considering banning TikTok and other chinesse app due to concerns over Chinese surveillance.

The U.S. government is considering a ban on TikTok, according to Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. On Monday (July 6th), Pompeo appeared on Fox News to speak with host Laura Ingraham about the government’s potential decision to ban the app, citing concerns over Chinese surveillance as the primary reason. “We are taking this very seriously and we are certainly looking at it,” Pompeo told Ingraham. “We have worked on this very issue for a long time, whether its the problem of having Huawei technology in your infrastructure—we’ve gone all over the world and we are making real progress getting that out—we had declared ZTE a danger to American national security.”

“With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones,” he continued, “I can assure you the United States will get this one right too.” He went on to warn Americans that downloading the app could be dangerous, as it is believed to put users’ private data into “the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.” However, a spokesperson for TikTok insists that they have “never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked.”

“TikTok is led by an American CEO, with hundreds of employees and key leaders across safety, security, product, and public policy here in the U.S.,” the spokesperson said. “We have no higher priority than promoting a safe and secure app experience for our users.”

TikTok is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, and is currently one of the most downloaded apps across the globe. However, ByteDance has been accusedin the past of having ties to the Chinese Communist Party and censoring certain content on its platform, specifically “social and political topics,” according to former employees. Last week, India banned TikTok and tons of other Chinese apps due to concerns over national security and user data privacy. According to India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, these banned apps “are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order.”

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Tech Gaint Samsung plans to launch NFT feature for TVs

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Samsung said that starting with its 2022 TV lineup, it would provide broad support for NFTs.

This was disclosed in Samsung press releases titled, “Samsung Electronics Unveils Its 2022 MICRO LED, Neo QLED and Lifestyle TVs, With Next-Generation Picture Quality and Range of Cutting-Edge Personalization Options.”

Samsung becomes the first major TV manufacturer to support NFTs to such a significant degree.

Samsung is introducing the world’s first TV screen-based NFT explorer and marketplace aggregator. This would be a groundbreaking platform that lets you browse, purchase, and display your favourite art all in one place.

“NFT Platform: This application features an intuitive, integrated platform for discovering, purchasing and trading digital artwork through MICRO LED, Neo QLED and The Frame,” Samsung said.

The need for a solution to today’s fragmented viewing and purchase landscape has never been higher, according to Samsung.

What you should know

  • Non-fungible token (NFT) assets were extremely popular in YTD with about $20 billion in volume recorded in terms of NFT sales among 100 collections.
  • While many single NFTs sold for millions of dollars, a number of NFT projects and collections saw hundreds of millions and even billions in all-time volume.
  • According to defillama.com metrics, the popular NFT collection Cryptopunks captured $2.98 billion in all-time volume.
  • Numerous NFT collections have been very prominent in 2021 and have been the topic of various discussions
  • Hence with the growing popularity of NFTs, Samsung saw that the need for a solution to today’s fragmented watching and purchase landscape has never been higher.

 

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Microsoft’s Bid To Purchase TikTok Is Rejected

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Microsoft’s Bid To Purchase TikTok Is Rejected

Microsoft will not be purchasing the wildly influential social media app, Tik-Tok, the company announced, Sunday. ByteDance, according to a statement from Microsoft, refused to sell to them.

“ByteDance let us know today they would not be selling TikTok’s US operations to Microsoft,” the company said in the statement. “We are confident our proposal would have been good for TikTok’s users, while protecting national security interests. To do this, we would have made significant changes to ensure the service met the highest standards for security, privacy, online safety, and combatting disinformation, and we made these principles clear in our August statement. We look forward to seeing how the service evolves in these important areas.”

Instead, ByteDance has reportedly reached an agreement with the software giant, Oracle.

TikTok was desperate to be sold after the Trump administration put pressure on the company, considering TikTok to be a threat to national security.

“The U.S. government is forcing one of China’s most successful global media companies to sell under a less than ideal timeframe, and China is trying to avoid having this set a precedent,” said Paul Triolo, head of global technology policy at the Eurasia Group. “The TikTok ban has to be viewed as part of this longer-term effort by the U.S. to police the boundaries of its technology ecospheres with China.”

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Sony Officially Confirms Date For PS5 Showcase

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Sony Officially Confirms Date For PS5 Showcase

Sony has adamantly teased the PlayStation 5 for months now, and it looks like the time is nearly among us.

The tech giant has prepared its rival products to compete against the XBox Series X and Series S, just in time for the Black Friday/Christmas/ever-lasting quarantine rush. Wednesday at 1 PM (PDT), the company is set to hold a 40-minute showcase, detailing news among Sony’s first-party game studios and its third-party partners.

While sensational drips of information have leaked ahead of the showcase, including Sony’s apparent intent to produce two separate models of the console at two different price-points, technological specification potentially making it worth the upgrade has yet to come to the mainstream circle.

In addition to unveiling the functionality of the console, Sony is expected to announce its price(s) and release date(s).

All eyes are especially open to see if the company plans to match, undercut, or exceed the relatively bare-bones price tag of $299 USD placed on the XBox Series S.

After having already opened pre-registration for preorders of the console, Sony seems confident it can deliver upon its own hype as they provide “one more look at some of the great games coming to PS5 at launch (and beyond!)” This coming Wednesday.

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