Oracle wins bid for TikTok in U.S., beating Microsoft

ByteDance, the Chinese parent company of TikTok, has chosen Oracle over Microsoft, to be its U.S. technology partner in the U.S.

ByteDance let us know today they would not be selling TikTok’s US operations to Microsoft. We are confident our proposal would have been good for TikTok’s users, while protecting national security interests… To do this, we would have made significant changes to ensure the service met the highest standards for security, privacy, online safety, and combatting disinformation, and we made these principles clear in our August statement. We look forward to seeing how the service evolves in these important areas. — Microsoft blog post

TikTik logoMatthew Kazin for FOXBusiness:

President Trump has said repeatedly that he wants an American company to buy the operations.

The Trump administration has threatened to ban TikTok by mid-September and ordered ByteDance to sell its U.S. business, claiming national-security risks due to its Chinese ownership. The government worries about user data being funneled to Chinese authorities…

The White House has cracked down on a range of Chinese businesses, including telecom equipment makers Huawei and ZTE and messaging app WeChat, over worries that they would enable Chinese authorities to get U.S. user data. Republican and Democratic lawmakers have also raised concerns about censorship and children’s privacy.

MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft loses, again. 🙂 Shockingly, the Walmart partnership didn’t help put them over the top. (smirk)

Walmart + Microsoft. Now there’s a marriage made in hell.

Walmart + Microsoft = Myspace.MacDailyNews, August 27, 2020

Certainly, Oracle can handle TikTok. Of note, Larry Ellison, the Executive Chairman and CTO of Oracle, was, famously, a “friend of Steve’s” who sat on Apple’s BoD until September 2002.

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      1. Salesforce, SAP, Oracle and IBM, are part of the parasitic IT companies that are used by other companies that don’t want to spend money for in house tech ability so they farm it out, but there is a problem long term, that lack of tech knowledge is why Apple pay, Google pay or Apple music-iTunes can gain a foothold in a different industry, the banks, news media or the record-movie industry, should know how to design software or hardware in house (30 plus years into the digital age) if it is critical to their business.

        Apple at their leisure can and will disrupt Salesforce, SAP, Oracle, Intel, and IBM for many of the same reasons. And that is why Apple shares is a strong buy. Apple Silicon is huge….

  1. I called this a few months ago here on MDN when I questioned why Donald favored MS over Oracle? Yes I said Oracle. Now it looks true. Perhaps Donald reads MDN and saw my question which may have gotten him thinking, “Yeah, JD has a good point; Why not Oracle.”

  2. Everyone is missing the big story here. The real value of TikTok is its algorithm (artificial intelligence to guess what people want). TikTok itself is a just vehicle to harvest data to train the algorithm. While Microsoft wanted TikTok to break into social media, what they and Walmart really wanted was the algorithm which TikTok will never give up. Oracle likes raw data and possibly wants to develop their own algorithm to compete with TikTok,

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