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Trump states he plans on banning TikTok in the United States
Trump states he plans on banning TikTok in the United States
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During an Air Force One flight from Florida to Washington, President Donald Trump has stated that "as far as TikTok is concerned we’re banning them from the United States". He added that he has the authority to issue such ban through an executive order, but has yet to follow through on his statement.

Technology • Internet & Web
Japan likely to ban TikTok for alleged sharing of domestic user data with Chinese Government
Japan likely to ban TikTok for alleged sharing of domestic user data with Chinese Government
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According to the Japanese national broadcaster NHK, Japan is seeking to ban TikTok for the app's alleged sharing of domestic user data with the Chinese Government. A group of lawmakers has proposed the ban of several in China developed apps which will most likely be submitted to the government by September. Early this year, India banned several Chinese apps, including TikTok, WeChat and others.

Technology • Internet & Web
Slack files EU competition complaint against Microsoft
Slack files EU competition complaint against Microsoft
Credit: Illustration: Pendect, Ashley Winkler – Logo via Slack, Microsoft Teams (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The complaint details Microsoft’s illegal and anti-competitive practice of abusing its market dominance to extinguish competition in breach of European Union competition law. Microsoft has illegally tied its Teams product into its market-dominant Office productivity suite, force installing it for millions, blocking its removal, and hiding the actual cost to enterprise customers.

Politics • World
Public records: UK has sold surveillance technology to 17 repressive governments
Public records: UK has sold surveillance technology to 17 repressive governments
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The Independent reports that public records show exports of security technology from the United Kingdom to repressive regimes despite rules to prevent it. Security technology such as wiretaps, spyware and other telecommunications interception equipment shouldn't be exported to regimes that might use them for internal repression purposes.

Public records show that despite the rules exports worth £75 million have been approved to 17 countries including China, Saudia Arabia, the United Arba Emirates and Bahrain. All 17 states have been rated "not free" by the Non-Governmental Organisation Freedom House.

Technology • Smartphones, Hardware & Gadgets
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference kicks-off online on June 22
Apple Worldwide Developers Conference kicks-off online on June 22
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Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, WWDC20, will happen from June 22 to 26. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, for the time, the event will be online-only. It will include the keynote address, Platforms State of the Union, more tha 100 engineering sessions, all-new Developer Forums, and 1-on-1 labs with more than 1,000 Apple engineers.

WWDC20 kicks-off, with the keynote address, at June 22, 17:00 (UTC).

Technology • Internet & Web
Dropbox has launched beta password manager
Screenshot of Dropbox Password
Screenshot of Dropbox Password Credit: Dropbox/Google Playstore

Dropbox has launched the beta version of Dropbox Passwords but hasn't made an official announcement yet. The app is currently in private beta, therefore only available via invite to some Dropbox users, but is already available in the Google Play Store. The app description reads: "Dropbox Passwords (beta) provides password security by storing all your passwords in one secure place, then fills in usernames and passwords so you can instantly sign in to websites and apps."

Technology • Internet & Web
Workspace and note-taking app Notion has been blocked in China
Screenshot of Notion's front page
Screenshot of Notion's front page Credit: Notion

Notion, the fast-growing workspace and note-taking app, has been blocked in China, according to a tweet by the company: "Notion is blocked by a firewall in China. We are monitoring the situation and will continue to post updates."