Stench about the TikTok/WeChat saga, and more tech news today

Stench about the TikTok/WeChat saga, and more tech news today

Your tech information digest, by means of the DGiT Daily tech e-newsletter, for Monday, 21 September 2020.

1. TikTok/WeChat saga continues (however worse)

Sorry however the TikTok and WeChat saga is continuous, amid new strangeness which is beginning to give off a little bit of a foul scent.

In brief, the White House managed to get neither TikTok nor WeChat banned on China-owned apps on Sunday, however that’s partly as a result of the White House made its personal complicated name on TikTok.

Here’s the place we’re at:

  • TikTok and WeChat each managed to keep away from their Sunday bans: by way of a presidential blessing for TikTok, and by way of a choose for WeChat.
  • But given the WeChat circumstances are extra non permanent, the main focus is on TikTok, Oracle, Walmart, an IPO, and $5B in taxes for “patriotic schooling” …however within the US, not China.
  • Here’s a reality verify from TechCrunch as to the place we’re at — TikTok reality checks: US IPO, Chinese possession, $5B in taxes.
  • What the TikTok deal achieved (NYT), which incorporates how Walmart rushed to react: “A information launch printed by Walmart on Saturday on its web site — then edited later — captured the chaos. “This distinctive expertise eliminates the danger of overseas governments spying on American customers or making an attempt to affect them with disinformation,” the corporate stated. “Ekejechb ecehggedkrrnikldebgtkjkddhfdenbhbkuk.” (Really!)
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Reactions from the tech neighborhood? White-hot of their fury:

  • TechCrunch has been on the fore: Gangster capitalism and the American theft of Chinese innovation: “So what are we left with right here within the U.S. and more and more Europe? A narrow-minded coverage of blocking exterior tech innovation to make sure that our sclerotic and entrenched incumbents don’t should compete with the very best on this planet. If that isn’t a recipe for financial catastrophe, I don’t know what’s.”
  • Also at TechCrunch: The TikTok deal solves fairly actually nothing.
  • And extra scathing: The TikTok saga can be a comedy if it weren’t so tragic (Gizmodo).

2. Would you’ve tried a rebooted Xperia Play 2? This may be a primary glimpse of the canceled slide-out gamepad (Android Authority).

3. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 assessment: Overpriced and underbaked — the vanilla Note 20 disappoints. (The Note 10 Plus may be higher, and method cheaper now!) (Android Authority).

4. It’s time Google took streaming critically with its new Chromecast (Android Authority).

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5. The Android 11 interview: Googlers reply our burning questions: Android engineers Dave Burke and Iliyan Malchev return for the yearly Q&A (Ars Technica).

6. Google brings again people to take over moderating YouTube content material from AI (Digital Trends).

7. Twitter has had its AI decimated by viral tweets over the weekend, as clear proof confirmed it favors white faces over another race, particularly notable for the way it ignores Black faces: Twitter is investigating its picture preview AI (The Verge).

8. Sony apologizes for botched PlayStation 5 pre-orders, with extra consoles obtainable quickly (Engadget).

On that be aware, it appears solely 1 / 4 or much less of PS5 consoles made obtainable are the digital-edition, which Sony might not have anticipated (Ars Technica). And ending that line, right here’s an awesome thread with scale mockups exhibiting how the PS5 and the brand new Xbox consoles look when in your leisure console, based mostly on their actual sizes (Twitter).

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9. EV startup Nikola founder Trevor Milton has stepped down after fraud allegations and regulator probes (FT).

10. Behind Facebook’s large guess on {hardware}: beating Apple and Google to next-gen tech? (Axios)

11. Marvel’s old-timey new trailer for WandaVision on Disney+ is now out, however no launch date but (YouTube).

12. “What was the primary online game you felt was a murals and never simply one thing to play for enjoyable?” (r/askreddit).

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