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Microsoft might want its TikTok deal to cover the whole world

The Verge Thursday, 6 August 2020
Microsoft might want its TikTok deal to cover the whole worldIllustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Microsoft’s President Trump-fueled negotiations to acquire TikTok continue to become more complicated — and conflicting information keeps leaking out.

On Thursday, the Financial Times reported that Microsoft wants to buy all of TikTok, not just the portion of it that operates in the US and a few other countries. It’s unclear how serious that expanded interest is, though. The talks are described as “preliminary,” and Business Insider has a source saying the report is “completely false.” Neither of the reports cite people willing to talk about the deal on the record, though, adding to the confusion about how this deal might play out. Microsoft declined to comment.

Last Sunday, Microsoft said it was pursuing a deal to buy TikTok’s presence...
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