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Microsoft said yesterday that it was in continuing talks to acquire TikTok, the social platform currently owned by Chinese firm ByteDance. The company attributes its decision to talks between its chairman and US President Trump: "Following a conversation between Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Donald J. Trump, Microsoft is prepared to continue discussions to explore a purchase of TikTok in the United States." The announcement came after the President's statement Friday, reported in the Washington Post, that he intended, on security grounds to ban TikTok from operating in the US. TikTok is unlikely to be the last Chinese software firm to face restrictions on its ability to operate in the US. According to the Los Angeles Times, Secretary of State Pompeo has suggested that other firms will soon be receiving similar close scrutiny.
US Federal prosecutors have charged three youths in connection with the Twitter hack. Graham Ivan Clark, 17, of Tampa, Florida, Mason Sheppard, 19, of Bognor Regis, England, and Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando, Florida, are the three under indictment. The US Attorney for the Northern District of California declined to name Mr. Clark because of his age, but his arrest has been widely reported by the press in Florida and elsewhere. The three are alleged to have made contact with one another in the OGUser forum, and then to have fraudulently persuaded Twitter employees to yield credentials that enabled them to impersonate high-profile Twitter users in a Bitcoin scam. ZDNet has a timeline of the investigation.
Today's issue includes events affecting Australia, China, Israel, Japan, Morocco, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Aerospace news worthy of attention.
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