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The Leadership (M, 97 minutes) 3 stars Taking a group of professional women on a three-week cruise combined with a leadership workshop was an inspired idea. No doubt about it. The trip to the exquisite, endangered wilderness of Antarctica would be a reminder of what science was fighting for. The journey would offer a fundamental reset for the participants who had been selected from the fields of science, engineering, technology, mathematics (STEM) and medicine. It was designed to help them become the sort of the leaders they “hoped to be”, honing the skills necessary for contributing to meaningful and necessary policy change around the world. Course leader Fabian Dattner had lofty hopes that were even underpinned by a great quote from poet T. S. Eliot. The prominent businesswoman, leadership consultant, and self-described dreamer has a background in corporate consultancy. No doubt the women participating,
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Wall Street is warming to a TikTok deal despite a continued lack of clarity, happy to keep a popular, fast-growing advertising platform humming along and skirt a brewing tech cold war between the U.S. and China.
“This will be a relief to technology investors to have this high drama soap opera now in the rear view mirror,” said Daniel Ives, an analyst at Wedbush Securities. He called the deal “a huge strategic win” for TikTok. “The company was facing the prospects of a forced sale or shutdown and now instead gets Oracle as a technology and strategic partner.”
As for Oracle, CEO Ralph Ellison will gain a new partner on the infrastructure and cloud front where it has trailed the likes of leaders Amazon and Microsoft, Ives said. Microsoft was the initial bidder for TikTok but was passed over in favor of investments by Oracle and Walmart.
Shares of both
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Donald Trump said Saturday (September 19) he supported a deal in principle that would allow popular video sharing app TikTok to continue to operate in the United States, even as it appeared to conflict with his earlier order for China’s ByteDance to divest.
ByteDance was racing to avoid a crackdown on TikTok after the U.S. Commerce Department said on Friday (September 18) it would block new downloads and updates to the app from Sunday (September 20).
U.S. officials had expressed concern that the personal data of as many as 100 million American users were being passed on to the Chinese government.
Trump signed an executive order last month giving ByteDance 90 days to sell TikTok.
The deal announced on Saturday, however, is structured as a partnership rather than a divestment.
“So, everybody will be happy. It’s a severance. It’ll continue to be named TikTok as it was all along. And