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Walmart & Microsoft set to bid for TikTok for as much as $30 billion

Published: 27/Aug/2020 17:45

by Alice Hearing

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Walmart has revealed it will be teaming up with Microsoft in a bid to buy TikTok, amid ongoing confusion about the immensely popular app’s place in the US market.

Walmart now joins the list of several companies interested in buying the company, including Oracle.

TikTok has plans to sell its operations in Australia, New Zealand, the US, and Canada in a deal that is predicted to be worth $20-30 billion, as reported by CNBC, and the buyer could be announced in the next few days.

On August 6th, Trump signed an executive order that bans TikTok owners Bytedance from making any transactions in the US starting September 20th. This came after concerns grew about the app’s use of data, and its origin in the Chinese capital of Beijing. As tensions with China have grown, so have the suspicions of TikTok harvesting user data.

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TikTok rapidly grew in popularity in 2019 and 2020

TikTok was formerly musical.ly and didn’t break into mainstream knowledge until 2019. Rapid and exponential growth over the course of 2019 and 2020 saw the app break into the top 10 most downloaded social media apps of the year.

A new wave of celebrities emerged from the new platform, who have amassed millions of followers, including Charli D’Amelio to Addison Rae. In addition, entire brands are being built on the back of TikTok fame.

It was previously reported that Walmart was working with Softbank to put in a bid for TikTok, which was resisted by the US government because a cloud technology backbone component was required. Walmart’s shares have grown 3% since it announced its joint bid with Microsoft.

In a statement, Walmart said: “We believe a potential relationship with TikTok US in partnership with Microsoft could add this key functionality and provide Walmart with an important way for us to reach and serve omnichannel customers as well as grow our third-party marketplace and advertising businesses.

“We are confident that a Walmart and Microsoft partnership would meet both the expectations of US TikTok users while satisfying the concerns of US government regulators.”

Earlier today, TikTok’s CEO Kevin Mayer announced his resignation following a leak reported by the Financial Times. His resignation was initially planned to coincide with news of  TikTok’s sale agreement, but it was pushed forward.

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Team Singularity slam DashThreads and terminate partnership

Published: 23/Oct/2020 12:10 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 12:16

by Adam Fitch

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Team Singularity have prematurely ended their partnership with merchandise supplier DashThreads due to “unprofessionalism.”

The Danish organization posted an announcement to explain why they were “officially parting ways” with the apparel company.

The org alleges that they were not able to produce marketing material over the past four months because products had not been delivered by DashThreads, subsequently they were not able to “execute on marketing plans.”

They stated that this wasn’t a decision made in the spur of the moment, it comes after months of trying to rectify the problems and get things on track. However, the “unprofessionalism shown by DashThreads and its CEO and owner Devin Fry” was too much to handle going forward.

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Team Singularity recently sold their player Insight to Toronto Ultra.

Team Singularity are allegedly missing more than 300 units of clothing, that they had already paid for, which were supposed to go to their players, influencers, content creators, management, and fans.

The org stated that their legal team will be taking action against DashThreads as the partnership was “one-sided” and there are further instances of mistreatment that they won’t be making public knowledge.

“I’m very sad that my worst fears prior to entering this partnership earlier this year came true and I take full responsibility for a deal that should never been made in the first place,” said Singularity CEO Atle Stehouwer. “I will not beat myself up about giving people and startups a second chance, I am just sad that DashThreads and Devin Fry decided not to rise above previous accusations and prove that it was a legit startup. Actions speak louder than words.”

DashThreads predominantly work with amateur and semi-pro esports teams and describe themselves as a “premium esports and street apparel company.”

Dexerto has contacted DashThreads for comment on Team Singularity’s statement.