Day: September 19, 2020

Trump to Shut off TikTok, WeChat to New U.S. Users on Sunday | Top News

By David Shepardson, Echo Wang and Alexandra Alper

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration will ban WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok from U.S. app stores starting Sunday night, a move that will block Americans from downloading the Chinese-owned platforms over concerns they pose a national security threat.

The bans, announced on Friday, affect only new downloads and updates and are less sweeping than expected, particularly for TikTok, giving its parent group ByteDance some breathing space to clinch an agreement over the fate of its U.S. operations.

WeChat, an all-in-one messaging, social media and electronic payment app, faces more severe restrictions from Sunday. Existing TikTok users, on the other hand, will see little change until Nov. 12 when a ban on some technical transactions will kick in, which TikTok said would amount to an effective ban. For a Q&A on the real impact, click

“We disagree with the decision from the

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Life on Venus: NASA, others weigh missions after phosphine discovery

The next obvious step is sending a robotic probe to take a closer look, something NASA and its Russian counterpart seem interested in doing. The U.S. space agency was already considering going forward with two different Venus missions, either or both of which could potentially be modified to look for phosphine or attempt a more direct detection of alien organisms.

Russia, meanwhile, has a long history of sending robotic spacecraft there, and this past week, the head of Roscosmos, that country’s space agency, called Venus a “Russian planet.”

But both agencies could also get scooped. The day after the news broke, a privately funded organization backed by Russian billionaire investor Yuri Milner, called Breakthrough Initiatives, announced that it had enlisted a team of top scientists to study ways to pull off a near-term Venus exploration mission.

“We just want to do something small and fast and focused,” said Sara Seager,

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President Trump gives approval ‘in concept’ for Oracle-TikTok deal

A deal between Bytedance and Oracle to keep TikTok alike in the United States has been given the approval of US President Donald Trump, Just over a day before access to the app would have been curtailed in the United States.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday as he headed off to a North Carolina rally, Trump has given the go-ahead for the deal in principle, one that would have Oracle and Walmart partnering to operate TikTok’s US operations.

“I have given the deal my blessing,” Trump said at the White House South Lawn, reports CNBC. “If they they get it done, that’s great, if they don’t that’s okay too. I approved the deal in concept.” The new company that would operate TikTok will most likely, according to Trump, be incorporated in Texas.

The new company will “have noting to do with China, it’ll be totally secure, that’s part of

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Start/End Times, Date, Shiny, ‘Decoding Porygon’ And Move

I assume that somewhere in the anime there is an episode I haven’t seen that explains what, exactly, is going on with Porygon. Yes, I get that it’s a Pokémon that’s made out of code, but what that actually means is another story. Regardless, the weird little pink duck thing is the focus of our Setpember Community Day and the first of two creatures that we voted on last month. There’s a chill in the air, the Pokémon are frolicking, and it’s time to play some Pokémon GO. Here’s what you need to know

Dates and Times: Porygon Community Day will take place on Sunday, September 20, 2020. It will run from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM local time. At this point, I think we’re running with the extended COVID-19 hours for the foreseeable future, which is pretty indicative of how this whole thing has

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Trump Says Deal Between Oracle and TikTok Has His ‘Blessing’

WASHINGTON — President Trump said Saturday that he had given his “blessing” to an investment by the software maker Oracle in the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok, suggesting that the app may be given a reprieve from his administration’s upcoming ban on the popular platform.

The Trump administration has been reviewing a potential deal between Oracle, Walmart and ByteDance, TikTok’s Chinese owner, to see if it assuages national security concerns. The Trump administration had ordered TikTok to be removed from American app stores at midnight on Sunday and cease commercial partnerships with other American companies by Nov. 12, arguing that the app provided a potential conduit for China to gather data on American citizens.

“I have given the deal my blessing,” Mr. Trump told reporters outside the White House on Saturday. “If they get it done that’s great, if they don’t that’s fine too.”

He added that the new company

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Corps faults man replacing crossing where paddlers drowned

A southwest Missouri landowner who built a creek crossing that was blamed for three paddler drownings is in trouble with the Army Corps of Engineers over his effort to replace the structure.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the corps told Steve Johnson that he must repair and restore some 900 feet (274.32 meters) of Bull Creek that was damaged during construction. Johnson is working with the Missouri Department of Conservation to restore the creek bed.

This is the second letter of noncompliance Johnson has received from the Corps over his effort to connect two tracts of land he owns in Taney County. After the paddler drownings, the Corps discovered that the first structure he built in 2016 failed to meet permit requirements. Two wrongful death lawsuits have been filed.

Last month, Johnson tore out the crossing and began work on an elevated concrete structure that won’t impede

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Live updates of college football scores, news: Notre Dame blanks South Florida, Clemson cruising

Note: Refresh this page throughout the day for the latest college football scores and news.

5:44 p.m.: No. 7 Notre Dame finished off a 52-0 win against South Florida. Ian Book was 12-for-19 passing for 143 yards and ran for three touchdowns to lead the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame (2-0) is scheduled to hit the road for the first time this season when it travels to Wake Forest next week. Meanwhile, No. 1 Clemson leads The Citadel 49-0 at halftime.

5:14 p.m.: Georgia Tech got a much-needed score just before halftime. Quarterback Jeff Sims drove the Yellow Jackets down the field and hit Jahmyr Gibbs for a 9-yard touchdown with 1:14 left in the second quarter. No. 14 UCF leads 28-14 at halftime.

4:50 p.m.: Just a reminder that we’re going to keep this thing rolling all day. Matt Wenzel will take over shortly and guide you through the rest

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Turing Award winners endorse Biden, say Trump immigration policy will stifle tech research

Twenty-four winners of the Turing Award are endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden in the upcoming presidential election, The New York Times reported, explaining they’re concerned the Trump administration’s immigration policies could be detrimental to both computer research and the technology industry over the long term.

“The most brilliant people in the world want to come here and be grad students, but now they are being discouraged from coming here, and many are going elsewhere,” David Patterson, a Google distinguished engineer and former professor at the University of California, Berkeley told the Times.

Among the names on the endorsement are Vint Cerf, who co-designed TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the internet; Martin Hellman, who invented public key cryptography; Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar; Facebook AI scientist Yann LeCun; and Barbara Liskov, known for her work in designing computer programming languages.

“It is unprecedented for winners of the top

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TikTok sues Trump again, after his decision on banning downloads of the app

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Angela Lang/CNET

TikTok and parent company ByteDance filed a new lawsuit late Friday to try to block the Trump administration’s ban of US downloads of the popular TikTok short-video app. The suit, filed in federal court in Washington, DC, says the administration overstepped its bounds and violated free speech when it decided earlier Friday to go ahead with the download ban, which would kick in on Sunday, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Trump has issued executive orders saying China’s ByteDance must sell off the app’s US operations or face a ban of the app in the states. The administration says it has national security worries about the TikTok app because the app collects data on its US users and ByteDance could be compelled by China’s communist government to share that information. TikTok has repeatedly said such concerns are baseless.

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Sony apologizes for PS5 preorders mess, promises more stock over ‘next few days’

Sony has apologized for PS5 preorders being a bit of a mess. “Let’s be honest: PS5 preorders could have been a lot smoother,” says Sony from the official PlayStation Twitter account. “We truly apologize for that.” Preorders for the new PS5 console began on Wednesday, a day earlier than Sony had said retailers would take orders. It led to a scramble as Walmart and others started randomly opening up their PS5 preorder slots. Some preorders even disappeared after around a minute.

Sony now says it will release more PS5 consoles for preorder “over the next few days,” promising that retailers will share more details. It’s not clear if these preorders will be delivered on launch day, and Sony is also promising “more PS5s will be available through the end of the year.”

Amazon also started warning customers yesterday that some of its PS5 preorders might arrive after launch day, most

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