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TikTok and Microsoft?s Clock - 500ish


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The next paragraph: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 September 15, 2020. Wink.I mean, clearly Microsoft wants this deal to go through. Read that post again!Microsoft appreciates the U.S. Government’s and President Trump’s personal involvement as it continues to develop strong security protections for the country.Folks, the secret decoder ring comes in the box! And if you do view TikTok as the next Instagram or YouTube — or even the next Facebook or Google, even $50B will be a great deal, of course.But there are caveats galore here.First and foremost, Microsoft would not be buying all of TikTok, just the US, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand operations — something the company notes themselves. It would seemingly make a lot of sense if this was part of Microsoft’s plan.¹ But again, it’s not stated.If Microsoft is able to buy the service and users of just the countries listed, how are they going to separate them from the rest of TikTok? The WSJ article on the deal has the following almost in passing:The proposed transaction gained the blessing of senior Trump officials, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who saw value in an American company getting access to sophisticated TikTok algorithms that decide what videos users are served.I mean, would Microsoft gain access to those algorithms? Even though they’ve… been through the antitrust ringer before?If last week’s absence of Microsoft was sort of a joke, this is the company laughing all the way to the bank… to pull out tens of billions of dollars to do a deal. It’s laughing in the face of the competition who are the only other companies which could afford to buy TikTok, and would probably want to compete for it, but very obviously cannot in the current environment.³ Not only can Microsoft do this deal, again, it is being government sanctioned. Like I said, weird.As is the very idea of Microsoft buying the hottest consumer company in the world. Unless they’re refusing to sell and have some ability to block a deal?³ Here’s where I will note that GV, where I’m a partner, is a sister company to Google under Alphabet, one of those peer companies to Microsoft.

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