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TikTok Plans to Take Trump’s Ass to Court Over Ban: Report

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TikTok will file a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration as soon as Tuesday to dispute the president’s recent executive order banning the widely popular video-sharing app over national security concerns, a person directly involved in the suit told NPR under the condition of anonymity.

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The lawsuit will reportedly contend that President Donald Trump’s order is unconstitutional for two reasons: firstly, the president’s claim that TikTok’s parent company, the China-based Bytedance, is secretly siphoning U.S. user data to Beijing is totally baseless; and secondly, the administration failed to give them a chance to respond to these allegations before blacklisting the app.

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“It’s based on pure speculation and conjecture,” the source told NPR in a Saturday report. “The order has no findings of fact, just reiterates rhetoric about China that has been kicking around.”

According to the report, TikTok will file the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, the center of its U.S. operations. White House officials declined the outlet’s request for comment on the forthcoming suit and reiterated their support for the president’s actions.

“The Administration is committed to protecting the American people from all cyber related threats to critical infrastructure, public health and safety, and our economic and national security,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement to NPR.

On Thursday, Trump made good on his weeks of lip service about blacklisting Chinese-owned apps and issued executive orders against TikTok along with the popular social messaging app WeChat, which is owned by the China-based company Tencent. With these bans, any “transactions” between a U.S. citizen and Tencent, Bytdance, or any of their subsidiaries will be prohibited in 45 days. Even if that only applies to financial transactions (and that’s one big “if”), it could potentially throw a huge wrench in these platforms’ ability to operate since TikTok, like most platforms, relies on monetizing ads to pay the bills and, by extension, its creators.

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The Senate unanimously also passed a bill Thursday barring TikTok on government-issued devices in response to the president expressing national security concerns. The U.S. Army and Navy issued similar bans last year, with the latter declaring TikTok as a “cybersecurity threat.”

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To date, the administration’s claim that TikTok’s secretly funneling U.S. user data to Beijing has remained largely theoretical. The company has repeatedly insisted that the data of its U.S. users stays on servers based within the country and in Singapore, and it’s made several attempts to further distance its U.S. operations from Bytedance in response to national security concerns.

In a bid to avoid further government crackdown, TikTok is reportedly in negotiations with Microsoft about surrendering ownership of the app’s U.S. operations to appease critics. The president has suggested he’d be on board with this deal—which is likely to land in the tens of billions of dollars—so long as the U.S. Treasury gets a juicy cut in an apparent mafia-like quid pro quo.

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Is that something he could even do? Probably not (like a lot of things Trump says and does, it’s a wholly unprecedented situation) but these are crazy times we’re living in, and I don’t know about you dear reader but I’ve given up trying to fathom the depths the administration will sink to.

[NPR]

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
Black Wireless Charger Lamp | $20 | Amazon | Promo code ABC88699

When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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