Microsoft CEO Nadella Wades Into U.S.-China Tensions in TikTok Pursuit

Merger deals are rarely simple. But Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Satya Nadella now is attempting to ink a takeover agreement that satisfies not only both the companies and their shareholders, but two governments in bitter competition for technological clout. If it pans out, the acquisition of TikTok’s U.S. operations from Chinese parent ByteDance Ltd. could…

Merger deals are rarely simple. But Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Satya Nadella now is attempting to ink a takeover agreement that satisfies not only both the companies and their shareholders, but two governments in bitter competition for technological clout.

If it pans out, the acquisition of TikTok’s U.S. operations from Chinese parent ByteDance Ltd. could be a boon to Microsoft’s business, giving it 100 million mostly young users to bolster its consumer-facing operations. But the pursuit of TikTok has put the software…

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