Microsoft and TikTok?

by WF- Enzo Administrator
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Microsoft has a colourful M&A history:
  • Skype
  • Minecraft
  • Nokia
  • LinkedIn

We know their acquisition of Skype, Minecraft, and LinkedIn went well. Nokia, on the other hand, was a failure (they closed their Windows Phone business).

And now the Redmond guys are rumoured to purchase a stake at TikTok as DIABL0 posted that the US wants to ban TikTok.

Even if personally have the money to buy a stake at TikTok, I wouldn't dare acquire such a platform that's already beleaguered with privacy issues.
#microsoft #tiktok
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  • Profile picture of the author Anne Freeman
    Microsoft has said that the new structure of TikTok would have world-class security, privacy, and safety. I hope it works out as they say.
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  • Profile picture of the author LEE BYRON
    The TikTok team are definitely made of native US people. This is the Government's behavior trying to protect local benefits.

    As Chinese, I am proud to say our Chinese companies dancing in the world platform.

    No offend to you American guys but this is truth.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Stanley
    It's interesting also to consider the potential second order effects this could have as far as U.S. + China business relations go. One would presume that an unhappy Chinese government may look to aggressively penalize U.S. companies with significant exposure in the country (Apple being the biggest, but Starbucks and others as well). Not advocating for one side of the deal over another, but it's definitely a big move that should be carefully considered for all its ramifications imo...
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    second order effects

    China already blocks twitter, youtube and Facebook - are you aware of that?
    Only the Chinese versions of social media are permitted - and that's fine.


    China is unlikely to ban companies that outsource most of their manufacturing to china.



    As Chinese, I am proud to say our Chinese companies dancing in the world platform.

    No offend to you American guys but this is truth.

    I agree with you - I'd love for china to become a dancer on the world platform - but China doesn't always play well with others. TikTok seems to appeal to a young demographic - one that hasn't yet faced the problems of having private/personal info in other people's hands and databases.
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    • Profile picture of the author Matthew Stanley
      China already blocks twitter, youtube and Facebook - are you aware of that?
      Yep. Definitely aware of "The Great Firewall" and the list of big block list of U.S. companies.

      Would still maintain that Apple could be vulnerable given that every other prominent U.S. Internet company has been blocked. As a recent WSJ article reported, "Users on Chinese social media have expressed outrage over the proposed sale of Tiktok, with some users commenting on Douyin--TikTok's China-specific version-- that Huawei should be allowed to buy Apple's China operations in retaliation".

      Obviously this is pure speculation at the moment, but China calling the potential sale of TikTok "theft," and stating there are "plenty of ways to respond if the administration carries out its planned smash and grab" suggests the sale won't happen quietly to say the least.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Huawei should be allowed to buy Apple's China operations in retaliation".

    Right.


    I suppose China can block the sale - but then TikTok will not be permitted in the US. There will be new versions to replace it quickly.
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    • Profile picture of the author Matthew Stanley
      yeah, obviously Apple's full operations are very unlikely to exit China in that way; point was more about them being the biggest/lone standing U.S. internet company with major exposure there, and that China may be seeking some form of retribution for what they perceive to be a theft (just yesterday Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Co. filed suit against Apple over a patent it recently obtained that allegedly covers Siri ... perhaps coincidental timing, perhaps a warning shot; who knows)
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  • Profile picture of the author calvynlee
    I will say it have a very good drama once MS successfully acquire TT.
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  • Profile picture of the author itsmohiit
    Microsoft is the good and better then tiktok, Because microsoft has colorful m&a History the name is--
    Minecraft
    Skype
    LinkedIn
    Nokia
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