TikTok survived the planned shutdown

TikTok survived US ban. Image credit: asia.nikkei.com

Good news for TikTok users from the US – TikTok faced down its ban, but the question is for how long?

On October 12, it was the last day when the order could have been set to take effect and remove the Chinese dancing app TikTok, from US markets. To refresh your memory, the soon-to-be-former president of the US, Donald J. Trump sued the app for delivering American citizens’ personal data to Beijing. According to the executive order, ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, had two ways to resolve this conflict: leave the US market or sell TikTok’s US assets.

Besides the expiry date, the Pennsylvania judge issued the decision to ban a TikTok as it affects the US citizens. Three TikTok users expressed their concerns over the ban because it is their breadwinning app.

New unicorns appeared despite the COVID-19

More than a dozen new unicorns joined the list of start-ups valued at $1 billion. Image credit: news.crunchbase.com

If you think that COVID-19 influenced fundraising in a bad way, think twice, because according to Crunchbase, more than a dozen new unicorns joined the list of start-ups valued at $1 billion.

The period between January and October saw investors fund $242 billion, which is $9 billion more than during the same period in 2019 where $233 billion was pumped into new companies.

As a result, the global funding in October 2020 came in at $23 billion which is 3% higher from 2019.

Who’s a pretty unicorn: 

Uber Freight: it’s a logistic start-up that orients on communication between truck drivers and shippers. The mobile application aims to make coordination more transparent and structured. 

MessageBird: is a hard-level cloud communication platform for enterprises and their global customers. The platform should loosen the tough knot of this overcomplicated communication channel. MessageBird has already connected over 15.000 enterprises to their customers. 

Unqork: it’s the platform that helps giant companies create apps without a single code-line.

Tipalti: a global, cloud-based payments platform with the aim to facilitate the payment process between giant companies, suppliers partners, publishers, and crowdfunding. 

Hackers` raid COVID-19 vaccine makers

Hackers attacked COVID-19 makers. Image credit: 112.international

When the ray of hope breaks through the concrete wall, somebody will always want to shut the hole in the wall. Microsoft reported in their blog that hackers attacked pharmaceutical companies creating COVID-19 vaccines. It’s an urgent message for governments to act because such an action can destabilize a fragile situation in a society. 

Microsoft remarks that they’ve detected three points from where attackers conducted their strike, aiming to damage seven companies conducting pharmaceutical research.

The targets include leading pharmaceutical companies and vaccine researchers in Canada, France, India, South Korea, and the United States…The attacks came from Russia and North Korea”

The attacks were blocked by security protections, but where the situation was untenable, Microsoft offered its help. Also, the company keeps secret the information about damaged firms and, perhaps, leaked information. 

The dragon has left the cave

Congratulations to the SpaceX team with a successful launch of the second crew of astronauts and a baby Yoda. It seems like the company aims to establish a new era of regular space flights to the International Space Station, but look closer. The flight, called Crew-1, focuses on delivering Yoda to its natural habitat. Okay, just kidding. 

The spaceship Crew Dragon got off at 7:27 PM ET on top of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, launching from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Meet the team inside the spaceship: three NASA astronauts — Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker — as well as Soichi Noguchi, from the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA.

This launch differs a lot from the previous flight in May that lasted just two months. That flight was a proof of concept that the shuttle can send people to space and carry them safely back to Earth. NASA’s certified permission to carry humans to space, and the medal for the first private spacecraft to achieve such results.