Twitter is in preliminary discussions for a possible combination with TikTok, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday, after US President Donald Trump said he would ban the app, calling it a threat to national security. Trump declared Thursday that the popular Chinese video app TikTok and social network WeChat ?threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States.?

Microsoft’s bid to carve out parts of TikTok from its Chinese owner ByteDance will be a technically complex endeavour that could test the patience of President Donald Trump’s administration, according to sources familiar with the setup. Trump has given Microsoft until Sept. 15 to put together a blueprint for an acquisition that safeguards the personal data of Americans stored on the short-video app, and he has issued an order to ban it if there is no deal by then.

TikTok had responded to the criticism from Pakistan's state-run regulatory body on July 22, noting that ?maintaining a safe and positive in-app environment? was its topmost priority. REUTERS/Stringer/Files KARACHI: TikTok said Thursday it has updated its community guidelines to make them available in Urdu for its fans in Pakistan, a mere two weeks after representatives of the Chinese-owned video-sharing app and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had a back-and-forth over "obscene" content.

Microsoft is also seeking to buy TikTok?s Canadian, Australian and New Zealand interests. Photo: Reuters BEIJING/SHANGHAI: US tech giant Microsoft has said it will push ahead with talks to acquire the US operations of Chinese video-sharing app, TikToK, amid crumbling relations between Washington and China. Microsoft formally declared its interest on Sunday after President Donald Trump reversed course on a planned ban of TikTok and gave the two firms to 45 days to come to a deal.

BEIJING: China said on Monday it was firmly opposed to any U.S. actions against Chinese software companies, responding to remarks by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Washington will take action shortly against Chinese firms while accusing them of feeding data to Beijing’s government. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters during a daily briefing that China hopes the U.S.

Tik Tok logo is displayed on the smartphone while standing on the U.S. flag in this illustration picture taken. ? Reuters/Files United States President Donald Trump said he would sign an executive order as soon as Saturday to impose a ban on TikTok in the country, ratcheting up the pressure on the popular short-video app?s Chinese owner to sell it.

China and U.S. flags are seen near a TikTok logo in this illustration picture taken July 16, 2020. REUTERS/Florence Lo/Illustration/File Photo President Donald Trump only agreed to allow Microsoft to negotiate the acquisition of popular short-video app TikTok if it could secure a deal in 45 days, three people familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

TikTok is the latest target in a wide-ranging trade war between Beijing and Washington. ? Reuters/Files BEIJING: The founder of Bytedance, which owns social media giant TikTok, said Monday his teams were working around-the-clock "for the best outcome," as talks on the sale of its US operation to Microsoft continue, Chinese media reported.

Chinese drug company Sinopharm and Parana state have agreed to launch the fourth major COVID-19 vaccine trial in Brazil and will seek regulatory approval in the next two weeks, the Brazilian partners said on Wednesday. A trial by Sinopharm would join Phase III trials already announced in Brazil by AstraZeneca, Sinovac Biotech and a Pfizer partnership with BioNTech.

China?s Huawei has overtaken Samsung to become the number-one smartphone seller worldwide in the second quarter, industry tracker Canalys said Thursday. Huawei shipped 55.8 million devices in the April-June period, trumping Samsung’s 53.7 million, according to data from research firm Canalys. Huawei now sells nearly two-thirds of its handsets in China, which took an early hit from the coronavirus pandemic but has since reclaimed ground as new cases have dwindled.