The TikTok sweepstakes has an update, Facebook gets slammed in the New York Times, and iPhone owners are suddenly obsessed with sharing their flashy new home screens.

It’s all the tech news that’s popular right now. Welcome to Hashtag Trending! It’s Monday, Sept. 21, and I’m your host Alex Coop.

Trump says he is approving TikTok Oracle deal from technology

TikTok says a new proposal involving Oracle and Walmart is on the table, and work is underway to form a commercial partnership with the retail giant. Under the proposal, Oracle becomes TikTok’s “trusted technology partner” in the U.S. with a 12.5 per cent stake in the social media firm, while Walmart would purchase 7.5 per cent of TikTok Global. Following the announcements, the US Department of Commerce said the prohibition of TikTok transactions will now be delayed until 11:59 pm on September 27. According to Reuters, TikTok owner ByteDance was racing to avoid a crackdown on TikTok after the U.S. Commerce Department said on Friday it would block new downloads and updates to the app come Sunday.

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Facebook Has Been a Disaster for the World: How much longer are we going to allow its platform to foment hatred and undermine democracy? from technology

An opinion piece in the New York Times is catching fire on Reddit, with nearly 3,000 comments and 50,000 upvotes. The Times’ Jamelle Bouie went after the social media giant in lengthy piece that highlighted the many ways bad actors – that range from angry uncles to military generals – and other forces use Facebook to their advantage. “Like industrial-age steel companies dumping poisonous waste into waterways, Facebook pumps paranoia and disinformation into the body politic, the toxic byproduct of its relentless drive for profit,” he wrote. He says we eventually cleaned up the waste, but it’s unclear whether we can clean up after Facebook.

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And lastly, The iOS 14 update has people sharing their new home screens. The latest Apple update has incorporated widgets and an app library, plus a number of clever colour customizations. People are sharing screenshots of their home screens, as well as other standout features.

That’s all the tech news that’s trending right now. Hashtag Trending is a part of the ITWC Podcast network. Add us to your Alexa Flash Briefing or your Google Home daily briefing. I’m Alex Coop , thanks for listening.

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