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TikTok plans to sue Trump administration over executive order
by Anmol Mehrotra
The year 2020 has been rough for TikTok as the company is battling for existence in the USA. President Donald Trump has made it clear to ByteDance, TikTok's parent company that it should sell its business to a US-based company or it will be banned.
Earlier this month, Donald Trump signed an executive order giving Chinese companies like WeChat and TikTok 45 days before they have to cease operations in the USA. Now, Reuters reports that TikTok has decided to file a lawsuit to fight Trump's executive order. According to the report, TikTok plans to argue its classification as a threat to National Security. This should not come as a surprise since TikTok said it was formulating a legal strategy to fight the executive order.
In an email, TikTok said the following (via CNet):
The White House has declined to comment on the matter at the moment. However, US President Donald Trump has made it clear that he wants ByteDance to sell TikTok to an American company. Currently, Microsoft, Twitter and Oracle are interested in acquiring TikTok.
By Namerah S
Google to lay a new subsea cable connecting the US, UK and Spain
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
Alphabet-owned company Google has announced that it will be laying a new subsea cable christened Grace Hopper. The path of the new cable from Google Cloud is set to connect the U.S., UK and Spain. It is to be used mainly for the purpose of carrying traffic for the company's enterprise and consumer products.
The new undersea cable is set to use some of the latest technology in the industry. It will incorporate novel optical fiber switching, making it the first submarine cable in the world to have such features. Google hopes that this will result in making Grace Hopper faster and more reliable than the rest.
Speaking about the upcoming transatlantic cable, VP of Google's global network Bikash Koley delved into the details of the project:
It is expected that Grace Hopper will be ready by 2022. Google has selected SubCom, an experienced company in the undersea cable industry, for the project. A contract for the cable has already been signed by the two parties.
This, of course, isn't Google's first such venture. The first privately-owned undersea cable laid down by the company was named Curie. It was announced in early 2018 and subsequently commissioned in 2019. Apart from Curie, the tech giant owns two other private cables named Dunant and Equiano.
By Namerah S
Facebook pledges $1 billion to the California housing industry
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
In a blog post written by CFO David Wehner, Facebook announced an investment worth $1 billion to address the current housing crisis in California. The tech giant plans on pouring in the amount in the California housing industry over the course of the next ten years.
The Menlo Park-based company plans to boost the affordability of houses is not limited to California - the state where its headquarters are located. Facebook intends to help out all other communities in which it operates to solve housing issues.
To seal the deal and set the promise in stone, Facebook has officially partnered up with Gavin Newsom, governor of the State of California, to tackle the housing situation. Governor Newsom highlighted the significance of the tech giant's commitment for the people:
Facebook's $1 billion investment will be split into several projects and funds in the decade to come. A brief outline of this plan was provided by the social media giant, a summary of which is provided below:
$250 million to a public-private partnership with the State of California for mixed-income housing on excess state-owned land in areas with highest housing scarcity. $150 million for the production of affordable housing in the San Francisco Bay Area including contributions to the Bay’s Future Fund. $225 million in Facebook-owned land in Menlo Park which is now zoned for housing and will produce upwards of 1,500 mixed-income housing units. $25 million to build residences for school districts on public land in partnership with San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. $350 million in other communities with affordable housing issues where Facebook operates. It is a point of interest that although Facebook has announced detailed plans to address the housing crisis, no exact time frames or ETAs have been disclosed concerning these individual projects as to when exactly they launch or hope to successfully complete.
Facebook isn't the first tech firm to claim responsibility in the areas it operates and gives back to the community, especially concerning housing issues. Earlier this year, Microsoft made a similar move by committing $500 million in order to increase affordable housing in and around Seattle. In June, Google also announced an investment of $1 billion in housing across the Bay Area.
Uber Works launches in Chicago to connect temp workers to businesses
by Paul Hill
Uber has announced the availability of Uber Works in Chicago for workers looking for temporary employment and businesses seeking labour for a limited period. Uber says that its new product is trying to address the rigid scheduling regime by staffing agencies, and the lack of information they provide about where workers can pick up shifts and how much they can expect to earn. Uber also hopes to aid businesses that can’t get the staff in at peak times or have to deal with missed shifts and high turnover.
With Uber Works, those looking for temporary employment will be able to get detailed information about the work they want to take on, how much it pays, the job’s location, the skills required, and the required clothing. Uber Works also aims to reduce the stress around clocking in and out by letting you do it from within the app. Uber also promises that workers will be paid in a timely fashion.
While Uber criticised the job-seeking process for those looking for temporary work, the firm did say that it will be partnering with staffing agencies. In its announcement, it said:
Uber Works has been under development in the firm’s business incubator; it wanted to find new ways that it could use its marketplace expertise to “help solve pain points” when it comes to connecting workers and employers. Hopefully, the product will help make the job hunting process a bit smoother for those that rely on temporary jobs.