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Microsoft and TikTok
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Microsoft and TikTok

In case you haven’t heard, President Trump said he planned to ban TikTok in the United States sometime in September of this year because of the risk of the popular social media app, impeding among American freedoms and security. To counteract the gaping hole that would be left by the fun and transcendent experience of posting short-1 minute clips of drop dead humor, Microsoft offered to jump in and buy TikTok. And then recently just a few days ago, Walmart also entered the competition for America’s most comedic website. Now Walmart and Microsoft are teaming up in attempting to claim the rights to TikTok.  Such a mashup introduces many interesting possibilities of what the potentially merged companies could do. TikTok’s influence is likely to be magnified under Microsoft for a coup...
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The Morality of Facebook

Since Facebook was founded in 2004, it has expanded to serve many purposes, whether that be to allow people to connect with one another, to sell items, or to centralize communication among organizations. During the process, the company also acquired companies such as Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus, and created extension services to meet consumers’ demands. While most of what Facebook has done has been well received from a convenience point-of-view, the question of how the freedom of speech can be applied to the social media platform has come to light in recent weeks. On Thursday, October 17th, Mark Zuckerberg delivered a speech at Georgetown University in which he defended his company’s actions. He cited the Black Lives Matter movement as something that came about through Facebook...
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Microsoft-Oracle Partnership

Microsoft and Oracle recently announced their intention to integrate their cloud services. Until this announcement, the companies had been two of the three top competitors for the cloud services market through their Azure and Oracle Cloud arms. Microsoft and Oracle’s announcement is surprising because of the vocal rivalry between the companies. In the same week as the announcement, Oracle filed a lawsuit against Amazon and Microsoft over a $10 billion Pentagon  cloud services contract. As of right now, the partnership will be limited to connecting the data centers of the respective companies, a relatively seamless transition since Oracle was already looking for places to build their new servers. As a result of this connection, subscribers to either company’s cloud services wil...
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The Future of Uber

The past few years for Uber has included an immense increase in brand popularity, as well as services offered. However, safety concerns and the fall in stock prices has CEO Dara Khrosrowshahi taking drastic steps to help ensure that his company is present in the foreseeable future. Uber plans to reduce costs by introducing battery kiosks in which riders can replace the batteries on their Jump vehicles. This will reduce the need for the company to fly employees out to different places to complete the task. Additionally, Uber will redirect placement of their electric bikes. The expectation is that this will increase profits since bikes will be in markets where prospective riders are actually present. The Uber app will be more convenient, and will include safety features such as the a...