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TikTok owner picks Oracle over Microsoft as US tech partner

TikTok said in a statement Monday that its proposal to the Treasury Department should ‘resolve the Administration’s security concerns’

Oracle said Monday that the Chinese owner of TikTok has picked the U.S. company to be its “trusted technology provider,” beating out rival Microsoft in a deal that could help keep the popular video-sharing app running in the U.S.

Oracle spokeswoman Deborah Hellinger said she was confirming remarks made by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who told CNBC on Monday that TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, submitted its proposal to the U.S. government for approval.

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“We did get a proposal over the weekend that includes Oracle as the trusted technology partner with Oracle making many representations for national security issues,” Mnuchin said.

Mnuchin said there’s also a commitment to make TikTok’s global operations a U.S.-headquartered company

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Why are there so few black tech entrepreneurs?

“I think a lot of folks like myself never even get a chance, because folks don’t answer their phones, or listen to their idea, but put them in a box they shouldn’t be in,” says Zack Smith, the founder of Boston-based Jobble.

He’s talking about how hard it can be for black tech entrepreneurs to raise money.

But Mr Smith saw it as a challenge.

“It doesn’t matter what box they put me in to begin with, I’ll get out of that box and prove to them I’m bigger and better. I think this fuels me,” he says.

His firm is a US platform for jobs in the gig economy, offering work to those who want flexible hours.

‘Supportive’

According to a study of 9,874 US business founders by California-based social enterprise RateMyInvestor, only 1% of start-ups receiving venture capital were black.

But Mr Smith was fortunate to have New

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Why there are so few black tech start-ups

“I think a lot of folks like myself never even get a chance, because folks don’t answer their phones, or listen to their idea, but put them in a box they shouldn’t be in,” says Zack Smith, the founder of Boston-based Jobble.

He’s talking about how hard it can be for black tech entrepreneurs to raise money.

But Mr Smith saw it as a challenge.

“It doesn’t matter what box they put me in to begin with, I’ll get out of that box and prove to them I’m bigger and better. I think this fuels me,” he says.

His firm is a US platform for jobs in the gig economy, offering work to those who want flexible hours.

‘Supportive’

According to a study of 9,874 US business founders by California-based social enterprise RateMyInvestor, only 1% of start-ups receiving venture capital were black.

But Mr Smith was fortunate to have New

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Phoenixville Moves Quickly To Get Tech Into Kids’ Hands

PHOENIXVILLE, PA — Phoenixville Area School District has distributed almost 2,000 district-funded laptops, and over 250 hot spots are functioning in a response to help everyone participate in online instruction.

Phoenixville Area School District Board of Directors this week approved a professional services contract with T-Mobile and Comcast to provide internet services at low rates for district families who have not had internet at home.

Virtual instruction, in place because of the coronavirus pandemic, left some behind, and the Phoenixville Community Education Foundation partnered with the district to make sure kids could participate in live classes at home and access all instruction and materials.

Costs related to technology will be covered by the Phoenixville Community Education Foundation (PCEF), which has been raising money in recent weeks to pay for the internet access.

“PCEF is doing some incredible work in supporting the tech needs of our families,” said PASD school board

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Tech firms given a year’s notice to reform to protect children online

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Tech firms have been put on a year’s notice to introduce reforms that will protect children from harmful content – or face multi-million pound fines.

Elizabeth Denham, the Information Commissioner, has told firms including Facebook, Google and Twitter they have a year to ensure they adhere to a new legally-enforced code that bars them from serving children any content that is “detrimental to their physical, or mental health or well being.”

The Government-backed code will be enforced by fines potentially worth billions of pounds and is designed to prevent a repeat of the case of Molly Russell, the 14-year-old who killed herself after viewing self-harm images on Instagram and other sites.

It will also require the companies to safeguard children’s privacy to prevent them being groomed by paedophiles, to curb “addictive” features like notifications that keep them online and to restrict the firms’ from using personal information for commercial

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Big tech and lockdown essentials soar

As the novel coronavirus pandemic reshapes American life, some companies have found business booming in the new normal, even as the rest of the economy recedes.

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The Iranian immigrant who conquered online video tech

The BBC’s weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to Shahrzad Rafati, founder and boss of internet video technology firm BroadbandTV (BBTV).

Shahrzad Rafati was only 13 when she decided she would one day build a global business.

She also knew that she wouldn’t be able to achieve her dream if she stayed in her native Iran.

So at the age of 17 her drive and confidence managed to persuade her parents, Iranian authorities and Canadian immigration officials to let her move by herself to Vancouver to go to university.

Shahrzad arrived in the city on Canada’s Pacific coast in 1996 with just one suitcase, and only a limited grasp of English.

“I couldn’t communicate what I wanted to say [when I arrived], and I think that was probably the biggest challenge,” she says. “But I was determined to make a

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What the heck is happening with Apple, Google, and ‘Fortnite’?: Tech Support

Welcome to Tech Support, a segment where I, Dan Howley, serve as your intrepid guide through the sometimes confusing, often frustrating, world of personal technology.

Here, I answer all of your most pressing questions about the various gizmos, gadgets, and services you use in your everyday life.

Have a question of your own? Reach me on Twitter at @danielhowley or email me at dhowley@yahoofinance.com.

Now, on to your questions. This week’s dilemma:

“What the heck is going on between Apple, Google, and ‘Fortnite’?”

Chances are if you or your kids have tried to download or update Epic Games’ incredibly-popular “Fortnite” on your Apple (AAPL) or Android (GOOG, GOOGL) smartphone or tablet, you’ve hit a wall. 

If you’ve got the game already, you might be able to play it, but you can’t update it. And if you’re looking to download it for the first time, it’s just not there.

So what’s

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What the heck is happening with Apple, Google, and Fortnite?: Tech Support

Welcome to Tech Support, a segment where I, Dan Howley, serve as your intrepid guide through the sometimes confusing, often frustrating, world of personal technology.

Here, I answer all of your most pressing questions about the various gizmos, gadgets, and services you use in your everyday life.

@danielhowley or email me at dhowley@yahoofinance.com.” data-reactid=”22″Have a question of your own? Reach me on Twitter at @danielhowley or email me at dhowley@yahoofinance.com.

Now, on to your questions. This week’s dilemma:

Epic Games’ incredibly-popular “Fortnite” on your Apple (AAPL) or Android (GOOG, GOOGL) smartphone or tablet, you’ve hit a wall. ” data-reactid=”25″Chances are if you or your kids have tried to download or update Epic Games’ incredibly-popular “Fortnite” on your Apple (AAPL)

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17 Tech Accessories Under $50 That Are Worth Your Time (and Money)

Your smartphone and computer are always going to be the center of your tech life, but the right accessories will help you get the most out of them. Think about a phone without a case, or a computer without a nice set of speakers; the devices are great on their own, but made better with those peripherals. Some accessories are physically separated from your devices — think smart security cameras — but require them to work.

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