INSIGHTS | The NBA, TikTok, and a tale of three value systems

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After last week’s column, I really wanted to get back to the bread and butter of technology in China. But the events of the past few days have made that quite difficult: The NBA has seen major backlash in China (where their official streams are hosted by Tencent) after Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets, tweeted about the Hong Kong protests on October 4th. US Senator Marco Rubio (an avowed China hawk) is calling on the Trump administration to begin an investigation into Bytedance’s purchase of Musical.ly on national security grounds, something TechNode predicted months ago when the company was having problems in India.

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