American computer technology giant Oracle Corporation has been selected as the winning bidder for TikTok’s US operations, after Microsoft said that its bid was rejected by the parent company, ByteDance Ltd.
This is coming a week before President Donald Trump’s promised date for following through with a plan to ban the Chinese-owned app in the United States.
According to Bloomberg, a Wall Street Journal reported that Oracle would be announced as TikTok’s trusted tech partner in the United States. The Journal also added that the eventual deal would not be structured as an outright sale.
A statement from Redmond reads, “ByteDance let us know today they would not be selling TikTok’s US operations to Microsoft.”
Microsoft had, in a statement, said that they were confident that their proposal would have been good for TikTok’s users, while also protecting national security interests. This is coming after ByteDance had disclosed that they would not be selling TikTok’s US operations to Microsoft. However, ByteDance will need approval for the deal from the United States and China.
According to a source, Microsoft, which was working with Walmart Inc, had initially been recognized as the most likely winner earlier in the process, but this later cooled as more firms showed interest. ByteDance did not ask Microsoft for a revision of its initial offer in the face of recent signs of opposition to a deal from Chinese government officials. This must have given the competitor, Oracle Corporation, an upper hand in the negotiations.
Microsoft, in its statement, said that it was prepared to make changes aimed at addressing US national security concerns. It said, “To do this, we would have made significant changes to ensure the service met the highest standards for security, privacy, online safety, and combating disinformation, and we made these principles clear in our August statement. We look forward to seeing how the service evolves in these important areas.”
It can be recalled that the Trump administration had threatened to ban TikTok by mid-September, and ordered ByteDance to sell its US operations following national security concerns due to its Chinese ownership.
TikTok, however, has denied the national security claim and is suing to stop the administration from the threatened ban.
Biggest IPO: World’s biggest Fintech plans to raise $34 billion
Ant Group has begun the process of a concurrent initial public offering in what could mark one of the biggest IPOs of 2020.
The world’s payment juggernaut, Ant Group, is hoping to raise $34.5 billion in its dual initial public offering (IPO) after setting the price for its shares today, making it the biggest listing of all in modern history, in a report credited to CNBC news.
The Chinese financial powerhouse had earlier disclosed previously that it would divide its stock issuance equally across Chinese major stock exchanges, which include Shanghai and Hong Kong, issuing 1.67 billion new shares at each of those exchanges.
Ant Group’s Shanghai-listed shares will be quoted at 68.8 yuan each. The issuing of 1.67 billion shares would raise 114.94 billion yuan or $17.23 billion.
- The Hong Kong-listed shares have been priced at 80 Hong Kong dollars each, raising 133.65 billion Hong Kong dollars or $17.24 billion.
- The listing would produce a return of at least $34.5 billion, as the figure could go higher if the so-called over-allotment option is exercised, depending on demand.
- It would make it the largest initial public offer of recent memory, putting it ahead of previous record-holder Saudi Aramco, which raised about $29 billion.
What you should know
Ant Group, formerly known as Ant Financial and Alipay, is an affiliate company of the popularly known e-commerce company Alibaba.
- Ant Group remains the world’s most valuable FinTech company, and most valuable unicorn company, with a target valuation of over US$280 billion.
- The group owns China’s largest digital payment platform, Alipay, which serves over one billion users and 80 million merchants, with total payment volume (TPV) transaction reaching RMB118 trillion in June 2020.
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5 Nigerian startups selected to join 7 others at the Africa Tech Summit Connects (ATS)
5 Nigerian startups to join 7 other African firms on the Africa Tech Summit Connects (ATS).
Five Nigerian firms have been shortlisted among the 12 African startups to pitch live at this month’s digital Africa Tech Summit Connects in Kigali, Rwanda.
This is to showcase their solutions to the global audience of 500 investors, corporates, and other stakeholders.
Disrupt Africa and Africa Tech Summit (ATS) disclosed it had reviewed its partnership to integrate startup-focused sessions plenary and pitching chances in its virtual Africa Tech Summit Connects event scheduled to hold virtually on the 20th – 22nd of October 2020.
What you need to know
ATS is a fully-virtual event and not a webinar. The event would maximize their time with AI-powered smart matchmaking and give startups opportunities in the online business community.
Why this matters
The three days course will enable them to engage with parties through a variety of online mediums. It would encourage the exhibition of recent developments in the continent across the start-up world, and it would focus on fintech, logistics, ed-tech, agri-tech, e-commerce, investment, regulation and policy, blockchain, connectivity.
With over 50 African tech start-up applicants seeking to raise either pre-seed, seed, or Series A funding; 5 out of the 12 selected to participate and present their solutions to the audience, and also connect virtually with those interested are Nigerian start-ups. The selected start-up companies are;
- Medsaf (Nigeria),
- Seso Global (Nigeria),
- Wella Health (Nigeria),
- Vybe (Nigeria),
- Scrapays (Nigeria),
- Agro Innova (Ghana),
- PayDunya (Senegal),
- Snode (South Africa),
- Moja Ride (Ivory Coast),
- Eneza Telecom (Kenya),
- Kolute Systems (Senegal),
- Abiria (Kenya).
#EndSARS: Popular hacking group, Anonymous allegedly hacks Nigerian Govt. websites
Anonymous disclosed via its Twitter handle, that it had breached some Nigerian government websites.
Popular hacking group, Anonymous has claimed via its Twitter handle, that it had breached some Nigerian government websites.
The act is said to be in support of the ongoing #EndSARS protest that has taken over many cities in Nigeria, following calls for the disbandment of notorious police unit, the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) which has been alleged to be involved in abduction, harassment, extortion and murder of innocent victims.
Anonymous tweet, “Nigeria: Anonymous hacks multiple government websites in solidarity with #EndSARS protestors and retribution for violence by police. #OpNigeria #EndSARS Protest.”
— Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) October 14, 2020
That said Anonymous did not disclose the identity of websites breached.
Nairametrics had earlier given vital insights on how for years, young Nigerians, mostly via social media, have called for the unit to be disbanded and rogue elements in the force brought to justice. Despite repeated promises by the government, they have failed to heed to their demands, triggering a new wave of protests that have now spread across the country.
What you should know
Anonymous is a popular decentralized global activist group that is popularly known for many cyberattacks against several governments, government agencies, corporations, and the Church of Scientology.
Why it matters
From demanding an end to SARS, prosecution of rogue police officers, and reforms; protesters are more emboldened, threatening to continue if all their demands are not met. The government is scrambling to contain a situation that is escalating and could dangerously metamorphose into violent clashes with authorities, leading to loss of lives and destruction of properties.