Microsoft has emerged as a potential buyer of TikTok. The news, first reported by the New York Times, comes a few hours after reports first surfaced that the Trump administration was planning to order ByteDance to sell TikTok’s U.S. operations. A sale would satisfy the demands of that order. But as we’ve previously reported, simply splitting off TikTok from ByteDance isn’t easily done, with the...
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Hi, welcome to your Weekend.It was the boom-iest of times, it was the doom-iest of times. At least that’s how it feels right now in Dickensian San Francisco, where AI companies are setting up shop on every avenue, while fentanyl dealers are hanging out in every alley. I joke—but seriously, it’s wild out here. No fewer than 17 of the 35 startups listed on The Information’s new Generative AI...
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