Tag: Microsoft Corp

Is TikTok a Good Buy? It Depends on What’s Included

TikTok is going to get acquired or die trying. The hit video app appears headed for a shotgun wedding after President Trump has decided to force its owner, the Chinese tech conglomerate ByteDance, to sell TikTok to an American acquirer or be barred from operating in the country. On Monday, the president — acting as […]

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TikTok, Trump and an Impulse to Act as C.E.O. to Corporate America

WASHINGTON — President Trump campaigned on a promise to run the economy like his business empire. And for almost four years, he has unabashedly wielded the power of the presidency to insert himself into corporate affairs, helping some companies and punishing others in line with his instincts and inclinations. The latest target of his attention […]

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Trump Says Microsoft Can Bid for TikTok

WASHINGTON — President Trump gave the go-ahead for Microsoft to pursue an acquisition of TikTok, in his first public comments about the popular Chinese-owned video app after he had threatened to ban it from the United States entirely. Speaking at the White House on Monday, Mr. Trump said that TikTok would shut down on Sept. […]

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With TikTok, ‘Uncool’ Microsoft Aims for the Love of Tweens

SEATTLE — Maybe money can buy love. Or, at least, Microsoft would like to find out. On Sunday, the tech giant announced in a blog post that it would continue holding talks to buy TikTok in the United States, opening up the possibility of using its financial might to buy the fickle infatuation of tweens. […]

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There’s a Deal to Save TikTok — if Trump Doesn’t Mess It Up

Yes, President Trump can ban TikTok in the United States. The problem? This won’t actually stop the digital deluge from China. In fact, in the perfect example of someone playing checkers against someone playing chess, the outcome of this face-off with the Chinese government seems destined to blow up in Mr. Trump’s face, if he […]

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Microsoft Said to Be in Talks to Buy TikTok, as Trump Weighs Curtailing App

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft is in talks to acquire TikTok, the Chinese-owned video app, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions, as President Trump said on Friday that he was considering taking steps that would effectively ban the app from the United States. It’s unclear how advanced the talks between Microsoft and TikTok […]

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I Tried to Live Without the Tech Giants. It Was Impossible.

The chief executives of Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple were called before a House antitrust committee this week, ostensibly to answer questions about whether they have too much power and whether that hurts consumers. The tech bosses, who appeared via videoconference, fended off questions about being “cyber barons,” saying they have plenty of competition and […]

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Slack Accuses Microsoft of Illegally Crushing Competition

Microsoft is undeniably one of the Big Tech elite, given its size, wealth and stock market value. But the software giant has stood apart from Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple in one important respect: Microsoft, once the bully of the tech world, has escaped antitrust scrutiny so far. Now Slack Technologies, whose popular chat and […]

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Big Tech Has a Big Climate Problem. Now, It’s Being Forced to Clean Up.

The titans of the tech industry like to think of themselves as solvers of big world problems, and, lately, they’re tripping over themselves to show that they are working to solve a problem for which they, too, are culpable: climate change. Apple on Tuesday became the latest tech giant to promise to do more to […]

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Corporate Political Donations Undermine Pledges

Breaking: Carlyle announced this morning that one of its chief executives, Glenn Youngkin, will step down, leaving Kewsong Lee as the investment giant’s sole C.E.O. (Want this delivered to your inbox each day? Sign up here.) When companies’ political donations undermine their public positions Corporate leaders increasingly outspoken on some important issues, but there is […]

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