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TikTok to hire hundreds in Austin despite Trump's executive order
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TikTok says it will hire hundreds of employees in Austin, making the announcement just days after President Donald Trump signed an executive order threatening to ban the Chinese-owned video-sharing app's use in the U.S. due to what he called a national security threat.


TikTok currently has 46 job openings in Austin. TikTok's Vice President of Global Business Solutions Blake Chandlee said Sunday that the company not only plans to be members of the Austin community but also plans to add 10,000 jobs company-wide over the course of a year, including hundreds in Texas' capital city.

"We're proud to build our presence in Austin and be a part of the thriving business and tech community locally. The Austin community embodies the same creative and entrepreneurial spirit that defines the TikTok community, and we are going to do all we can to ensure our company's future in Texas and the US," Chandlee said in a statement to several news agencies.

The video-sharing platform is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance Ltd. It has reportedly been downloaded over 175 million times in the U.S. and over one billion times globally, according to the executive order.

If TikTok is not sold by ByteDance within 45 days of the executive order's signing, the order will prohibit the app's use completely. Microsoft and Twitter are in the talks of acquiring the company, but they have to act fast.

The executive order claims TikTok captures user data and is used by the Chinese government. It also states TikTok censors content that the Chinese Communist Party deems politically sensitive.

Tik Tok released a statement Friday saying the company was shocked by the executive order and has made clear its intentions with the app.

"We have made clear that TikTok has never shared user data with the Chinese government, nor censored content at its request," TikTok stated.

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A big announcement from Austonia

Howdy, and happy holidays.

I have some big news for you.

Austonia is now part of 6AM City, a fast-growing network of hyper-local newsletters across the country.

I’m proud to be telling you this, because 6AM City’s mission is very much like Austonia’s — a daily morning update on events, things-to-do and news, with an underlying mission of community building in the cities they serve.

If you’re not already subscribed, 6AM City’s Austin newsletter is called ATXtoday. One of its city editors is Laura Figi, who you’ll remember for her previous great work on Austonia’s newsletter.

I’ve been reading ATXtoday every day since it launched last year.

Starting this week, you’ll receive ATXtoday every morning and I’m confident it will become part of your daily wake up routine. Be sure to add hello@theatxtoday.com to your contact list (how to do that here).

Meantime let me thank you for your readership and support of Austonia, and convey my wishes for a great holiday season for you and those close to you.


Thank you,

Mark Dewey

Austonia CEO

Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

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Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.