TikTok owner gets another week to sell its US business

TikTok’s deadline to finalize a US buyer has been extended for the second time in less than a month.



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The Trump administration on Wednesday gave the short-form video app’s Chinese owner, ByteDance, until December 4 to conclude a proposed takeover deal by Oracle and Walmart, according to a spokesperson for the Treasury department.

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“The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has granted ByteDance a one-week extension…to allow time to review a revised submission that the Committee recently received,” the spokesperson said.

In an executive order this summer, Trump set November 12 as the hard deadline for ByteDance to divest TikTok, which has more than 100 million users in the United States. But as the deadline came and went, confusion reigned over what consequences might be in store for TikTok. Trump’s executive order did not say that TikTok would be banned if it missed

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An Essential Purchase For Any Switch Or PC Owner

If you are a more discerning gamer and require proper arcade gaming peripherals, then you have a variety of solutions available for various consoles and PC. The latest addition here is from 8BitDo and is definitely one of the best sticks currently available.

Specifically, if own either a Switch or PC, then 8BitDo has come up with a surprisingly affordable arcade stick with excellent build quality and customization options.

In terms of Switch arcade sticks, I already reviewed the HORI and previous 8BitDo releases, but this new arcade stick is arguably better than both.

Not least because this stick uses proper arcade gaming parts, resulting in arcade quality input and durability. You also have wireless and wired options available.

From Bluetooth connectivity, to 2.4g wireless support (with a USB dongle

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Bombshell Betty Race car to be Reengineered and Restored By UVU Students to honor the Legacy of its Owner

Utah Valley University – Orem, Utah, Nov. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombshell Betty Racecar to be Reengineered and Restored

By UVU Students to honor the Legacy of its Owner

 

Orem, Utah — “Bombshell Betty” — the iconic 1952 Buick, famous for its unique appearance and six land-speed world records at the Bonneville Speedway in Utah — is being updated and reengineered to break the 200-mph mark with the help of an unlikely group — students at Utah Valley University.

 

Students studying metal fabrication, engineering, aerodynamics, electrical systems, computer science/data acquisition, surface treatments, electronic controls, and engine performance will collaborate with faculty and workforce professionals to create a vehicle designed to travel at 200 mph.

 

“It’s a great opportunity for our students to learn project and time management, teamwork, organization, hard work, and the satisfaction of completing a job,” said Jeff Holm, UVU Transportation Technology professional in residence. “The car

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What you need to know about Ryan Smith, the new owner of the Utah Jazz

Utah’s most prominent business — the Utah Jazz — is changing hands after 35 years. Gail Miller and the Miller family announced plans Wednesday to sell a majority share to Ryan Smith, co-founder of Qualtrics. Here’s what you need to know about the new Jazz owner.



Ryan Smith wearing a suit and tie: (Photo courtesy Utah Jazz/Melissa Majchrzak) Ryan Smith talks about he and his wife's plans to buy the Jazz and and other sports and entertainment properties from the Miller family on October 28, 2020.


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(Photo courtesy Utah Jazz/Melissa Majchrzak) Ryan Smith talks about he and his wife’s plans to buy the Jazz and and other sports and entertainment properties from the Miller family on October 28, 2020.

Who is Ryan Smith?

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Smith, 42, is a Utah technology CEO whose family founded Qualtrics. The company, based in Provo, is a world leader in customer-survey software. If you’ve taken an online survey, there’s a decent chance it used Qualtrics.

He’s wealthy, high-energy and outgoing, known for charitable work, boosterism for the Beehive State and an exuberant and kinetic quality in appearances at annual events for

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TikTok Owner ByteDance Selling Smart Lamp With Camera For School Kids

File this one in the didn’t-expect-that department.

TikTok parent company ByteDance has launched a smart desk lamp for school kids in China. The Dali Smart Work Lamp is intended to provide a “better experience for children” doing homework with better illumination … and constant surveillance.

(The “constant surveillance” part is not in the press release.)

Listen to this story on the TechFirst podcast:

ByteDance goes into detail about the amount of blue light in the Dali Smart Work Lamp (there’s less) and how it has been certified as a “professional eye protection lamp” (national AA level) and how it helps children avoid having to tilt their heads to read words (I’m not quite getting that one).

There’s also plenty of detail about the cameras.

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TikTok owner ByteDance launches education technology brand Dali for China

By Yingzhi Yang and Brenda Goh



a sign on the side of a building: FILE PHOTO: The logo of Bytedance, which owns short video app TikTok, is seen at its office in Beijing


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FILE PHOTO: The logo of Bytedance, which owns short video app TikTok, is seen at its office in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) – Beijing-based ByteDance announced a standalone education technology (edtech) brand Dali for the Chinese market on Thursday, becoming another major tech player looking to capitalise on the sector’s boom driven by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dali, meaning “forceful strength” in Chinese, will host all the education business of ByteDance and already has 10,000 employees, Dali Chief Executive Chen Lin told a press conference in Beijing.

ByteDance founder and chief executive Zhang Yiming said in a statement: “We started to develop interests in the education industry very early on. The brand independence of Dali Education is just the beginning of a long journey.”

Demand for education technology grew during the coronavirus pandemic as widespread lockdowns in China and school closures forced students

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