The TikTok ban: what might happen and who might buy it

So… what now? TikTok could sue, and win, and go back to normal. TikTok’s owner, ByteDance, could just decide to shut it down and move on. Or it could sell TikTok US. Those are really the only three outcomes, and we have a year or less to figure out which it’s going to be.

On this episode of The Vergecast, we discuss all the possible outcomes for TikTok. Then we try to figure out which companies might buy the platform — and which definitely won’t, despite desperately wanting to. There’s no easy, obvious choice, but there are a few that seem like they might actually work.

Then we do a lightning round, after first taking a look at Tesla’s earnings and wondering what’s going to happen when the world starts to see — and value — it like a car company. We talk Sonos apps, Apple sports, and Qualcomm chips, and we’re out.

If you want to know more about everything we discuss in this episode, here are some links to get you started, beginning with the TikTok ban:

And on this week’s gadget news:

And in the lightning round:

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