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Chinese social media is mostly impenetrable in the West — just check out their memes. But Sino tech giants have their eye on owning the U.S. market, evidenced by the rise of TikTok, writes Shane Savitsky, weekday editor of Axios AM.
Between the lines: TikTok's "parent company, ByteDance, recently valued at more than $75 billion, bills itself first as an artificial intelligence company, not a creator of mission-driven social platforms," per the N.Y. Times.
The big picture: The murkiness of TikTok's structure could preview a trend as Chinese companies eye the U.S. and its troves of data.
The bottom line: While the Big Tech behemoths of the U.S. are barred from making inroads in China, the inverse doesn't apply.
I know! That contradicts one of my basic rants about 2020. But the N.Y. Times' Nate Cohn lays out a fascinating case on today's front page.
But here's the buried treasure — why huge turnout won't necessarily benefit Dems:
Why it matters: "If everyone who was eligible to vote turned up at the polls, the gap between the Sun Belt and Rust Belt would close."
The bottom line: "[H]igher turnout could widen the gap between the Electoral College and the popular vote."
Joe Biden compared President Trump yesterday to the late Alabama Gov. George Wallace, one of the most prominent supporters of segregation.
P.S. One day after saying he was "not happy" about supporters' "Send her back!" chant, Trump said in the Oval Office: "Those people in North Carolina — that stadium was packed. It was a record crowd. And I could’ve filled it 10 times, as you know. Those are incredible people. Those are incredible patriots."
The British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, seized by Iran's Revolutionary Guard, was photographed today in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas.
WashPost, top of column 1 today: "President Trump has instructed aides to prepare for sweeping budget cuts if he wins a second term in the White House."
On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. made this footprint on the moon.
Below, Aldrin — the lunar module pilot — prepares to deploy the Early Apollo Scientific Experiments Package (EASEP) during his extravehicular activity (EVA).
My Grandma Powers would love these ... New stamps issued yesterday at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.:
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