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The Chinese government has expressed its support for a lawsuit against the Trump administration, which challenges his executive order to sell or spin-off TikTok’s operations on US soil. Beijing supports the effort by Chinese companies to use legal means to defend their rights and interests in the US, including the lawsuit by TikTok’s parent company ByteDance, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian told journalists on Monday. Trump ordered ByteDance to end its control over the American part of TikTok’s operations, due to Washington’s concerns over its handling of personal data. The company said it disagreed with the reasoning and promised that on Monday it will file a legal challenge to the executive order signed by the US president earlier this month. The order gives the company 90 days to comply or face sanctions. The US government is pressuring China on multiple fronts, accusing Beijing of theft of intellectual property and mass surveillance through Chinese private companies. China says the US is using unfair forms of competition after failing to gain advantage on a level playing field.
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Windows 10’s Start Menu and Action Center could be refreshed with UI tweaks if a new code reference spotted in the preview builds has anything to go by. On August 21, Microsoft published Windows 10 Build 20197 to the testers in the Dev Channel of the Windows Insider program. This preview build comes with a new Disk Manager and bug fixes, but it also includes reference to ‘WinUI’ for Windows 10’s Start Menu and Action Center. According to the scan of Microsoft Program Database (PDB) files in Windows 10 Build 20197, Microsoft is currently testing these features internally:
WinUIOnDesktop
WinUIDesktopActionCenter
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WinUI is Microsoft’s next-generation user interface platform for Windows, Windows 10, Windows 10X, and foldable devices like the Surface Duo. Microsoft has already confirmed that WinUI can be used to refresh Win32 apps and create new Win32 or UWP apps using the new UI principles. The Start Menu, Action Center and other modern elements are written in XAML and they use UI components from “Windows.UI.XAML”. In theory, these references suggest that Microsoft might allow Start Menu and Action Center to use UI components from “WinUI” as opposed to the current ‘Windows.UI.XAML’. The Start Menu, Action Center and other modern elements are written in XAML and they use UI components from “Windows.UI.XAML”. In theory, these references suggest that Microsoft might allow Start Menu and Action Center to use UI components from “WinUI” as opposed to the current ‘Windows.UI.XAML’  read more on our Forum

The application, owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, has become embroiled in an ongoing standoff between the United States and China. The Trump administration claims that the app provides user data to the Chinese government, a claim TikTok denies. The US has threatened to ban the app on 15 September if its owner doesn’t sell it to a US company. The US move against TikTok is a dangerous precedent that may eventually kill the Internet, founder of the Telegram messaging application Pavel Durov said. In a statement posted on his account on Telegram, the Russian entrepreneur warned that Washington’s attempts to force ByteDance to sell its application to a US company is a strategy that is used by authoritarian regimes. "The problem with the US-TikTok case is that it legitimises an extortion tactic previously employed only by authoritarian regimes. For decades, the US has been perceived as the defender of free trade and free speech. But now that China has started to replace them as the main beneficiary of global trade, the US (or at least the Trump administration) seems to have become less enthusiastic about those values. This is regrettable, because billions of people on this planet still like the idea of an open and interconnected world", Durov wrote. The 35-year-old noted that soon every major country is likely to use national security as a pretext to ban tech companies. "Ironically, it’s the US companies like Facebook or Google that are likely to lose the most from the fallout", Durov wrote. His statement comes two days after US President Donald Trump threatened to block TikTok in the United States, where it has 80 million users, unless the application’s owner, ByteDance, sells it to an American company.

A threat actor is flooding a hacker forum with databases exposing expose over 386 million user records that they claim were stolen from eighteen companies during data breaches. Since July 21st, a seller of data breaches known as ShinyHunters has begun leaking the databases for free on a hacker forum known for selling and sharing stolen data. ShinyHunters has been involved in or responsible for a wide assortment of data breaches this past year, including Wattpad, Dave, Chatbooks, Promo.com, Mathway, HomeChef, and the breach of Microsoft private GitHub repository. Databases stolen in data breaches usually are privately sold first, with prices ranging between $500 (Zoosk) to $100,000 (Wattpad). Once they are no longer profitable, threat actors commonly release them on hacker forums to increase their community reputation. Of the databases released since July 21st, nine of them were already disclosed in some manner in the past. The other nine, including Havenly, Indaba Music, Ivoy, Proctoru, Rewards1, Scentbird, and Vakinha, have not been previously disclosed.

Earlier in the week, US President Donald Trump announced his intention to ban the Chinese-owned viral video platform TikTok in the United States amid allegations that the app "spies" on American citizens and could be used to "meddle" in the US presidential election. Microsoft revealed in its official blog that the company is committed to continuing discussions with the White House over purchasing TikTok, after a conversation between Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Donald Trump. The company noted that the talks would "in any event" be completed "no later than 15 September". "Microsoft will move quickly to pursue discussions with TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, in a matter of weeks, and in any event completing these discussions no later than 15 September, 2020. During this process, Microsoft looks forward to continuing dialogue with the United States Government, including with the President", the company's statement said. The company said further updates would be revealed when there is a "definitive outcome" to the discussions. The statement also outlined that Microsoft would "move quickly" to pursue discussions with TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, which will be built "upon a notification made by Microsoft and ByteDance to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)". "The two companies have provided notice of their intent to explore a preliminary proposal that would involve a purchase of the TikTok service in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and would result in Microsoft owning and operating TikTok in these markets", Microsoft said. The new structure is promised to stick to the "experience TikTok users currently love", while "adding world-class security, privacy, and digital safety protections". Microsoft also vowed to ensure that all private data of American citizens is kept in the United States, noting that in cases when such data is "stored or backed-up" outside the country, the company will make sure it is deleted after being transferred to the US. Expressing appreciation for the participation of the White House in the talks, the tech giant noted that "there can be no assurance that a transaction which involves Microsoft will proceed".
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Instagram users report direct message problems after Twitter suffers massive security breach. Instagram users say that the platform’s direct messaging feature is down, hours after Twitter was hit by a sophisticated cyber-attack. Using the hashtag #instagramdown, people have begun tweeting about how their Instagram DMs are not loading properly. A video posted to Twitter shows a woman trying to access her direct messages but to no avail. Others disclosed that they had deleted and reinstalled Instagram on their phones in an attempt to rectify the problem, only to realize that the issue wasn’t on their end. It’s unclear how many people have been affected by the reported outage. Hours earlier, a group of hackers launched a “coordinated social engineering attack” on Twitter and gained access to the site’s internal systems and tools. A number of high-profile accounts were then hacked, including that of presidential candidate Joe Biden. The compromised accounts were used to promote a bitcoin scam, prompting Twitter to temporarily lock down all verified profiles in an attempt to remedy the security breach. Via rt.com story & pic

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