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Engadget Podcast: Why TikTok will never be the same again

Biden passed the TikTok divestment bill -- now what?


After months of anticipation, President Biden finally signed the TikTok divestment into law this week. It will force ByteDance to either sell TikTok to another company within a year, or see the app banned from US app stores. Is this a wise move to rid control of the social app from the Chinese government, or is it government overreach before TikTok has done anything wrong? Engadget Senior Editor Karissa Bell joins Cherlynn and Devindra to dive into what's next for TikTok.

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  • The US TikTok ban is signed into law, what happens now? – 0:57

  • Devindra and Cherlynn’s take on whether bad product reviews hurt tech companies – 20:42

  • Meta opening QuestOS to third party hardware developers – 31:39

  • Apple ‘Let Loose’ virtual event scheduled for May 5 – 33:48

  • Leading AI companies pledge to keep kids safe (though harm is already evident) – 41:48

  • Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses add multimodal AI – 43:58

  • X is allegedly working on a smart TV app – 47:01

  • Working on – 48:02

  • Pop culture picks – 56:29

Hosts: Cherlynn Low and Devindra Hardawar
Guest: Karissa Bell
Producer: Ben Ellman
Music: Dale North and Terrence O'Brien