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TikTok ban on new downloads delayed by federal judge


TikTok’s ban has been temporarily delayed.

A US District Court judge has granted TikTok’s request for a preliminary injunction, delaying a planned ban on new downloads of the app that was supposed to go into effect starting Sunday at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The US Justice Department had until Friday to either delay the ban or file legal papers defending it. The DOJ filed a sealed opposition to TikTok’s preliminary injunction to block the ban of the video app, but Judge Carl Nichols of the District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled in TikTok’s favor. 

“We’re pleased that the court agreed with our legal arguments and issued an injunction preventing the implementation of the TikTok app ban,” TikTok said in a statement. “We will continue defending our rights for the benefit of our community and employees. At the same time, we will also maintain our ongoing dialogue with

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Apple, Epic, and federal judge spar over restraining order in antitrust case

A federal judge in Oakland heard arguments today over a temporary restraining order in an antitrust case between Apple and Epic Games. In doing so, she shed light on some important arguments in the case.

The judge didn’t offer a ruling on the TRO, in which Epic is asking a judge to reinstate its Fortnite battle royale game in Apple’s App Store. Apple banned it in August because Epic Games offered its own direct payments to circumvent Apple collecting its full 30% fee on purchases in the game. Epic then filed an antitrust lawsuit. The case could go on for years, but the ruling on the TRO would be an early indication of what a federal judge thinks about the merits of the case.

But while Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers of the Oakland division of the U.S. District Court in Northern California hasn’t ruled yet on the TRO, she offered

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Preteens Rejoice! Federal Judge Delays TikTok Ban

A U.S federal judge has said that a ban on TikTok—scheduled for Monday, Sept. 28—will not go ahead as planned. The delay will allow users to access the app on various app stores while the court explores the legality of banning a consumer application on security grounds.

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TikTok, by Chinese software house ByteDance, has filed a lawsuit and one injunction request against the ban since Sept. 18. The U.S. government filed its opposition to the injunction on Friday and made its case in a hearing to D.C. District Court Judge Carl J. Nichols on Sunday. Nichols’ unexpected ruling has stopped the immediate ban outright.


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In an opposition document filed on Friday, the U.S. government noted that the ban was not a regulation of personal communications and does not violate the First Amendment.

“The regulation of a single service provider is

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Trump Ban on TikTok Is Temporarily Blocked by Federal Judge

(Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump’s ban on TikTok was temporarily blocked by a federal judge, dealing a blow to the government in its showdown with the popular Chinese-owned app that it says threatens national security.

a close up of a logo: The logo for ByteDance Ltd.'s TikTok app is arranged for a photograph on a smartphone in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Oracle Corp. is the winning bidder for a deal with TikTok’s U.S. operations, people familiar with the talks said, after main rival Microsoft Corp. announced its offer for the video app was rejected.

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The logo for ByteDance Ltd.’s TikTok app is arranged for a photograph on a smartphone in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Oracle Corp. is the winning bidder for a deal with TikTok’s U.S. operations, people familiar with the talks said, after main rival Microsoft Corp. announced its offer for the video app was rejected.

After an unusual Sunday morning hearing, U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols granted a preliminary injunction against the ban on new downloads of the video-sharing network, which would have gone into effect at 11:59 p.m. in Washington. The judge declined to grant an injunction on a separate set of prohibitions scheduled for Nov. 12 that

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Federal judge postpones Trump ban on popular app TikTok

The ruling followed an emergency hearing Sunday morning in which lawyers for TikTok argued that the administration’s app-store ban would infringe on First Amendment rights and do irreparable harm to the business.

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump declared that TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, was a threat to national security and that it must either sell its U.S. operations to American companies or be barred from the country.

TikTok is still scrambling to firm up a deal tentatively struck a week ago in which it would partner with Oracle, a huge database-software company, and Walmart in an effort to win the blessing of both the Chinese and American governments. In the meantime, it is fighting to keep the app available in the U.S.

TikTok said in a statement that it was pleased with the court ruling and continues to work to turn its deal proposal into an actual

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Former Head of Federal Aviation Administration Michael Huerta Joins D-Fend Solutions’ Advisory Board

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — D-Fend Solutions, the leader in RF cyber based counter-drone takeover technology, announced today that Michael Huerta has joined its Advisory Board. The former head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will bring his aviation safety and security industry expertise to assist in D-Fend’s rapid growth, contributing to the company’s market leadership in the counter small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-sUAS) security solutions space for airports and other sensitive environments in the U.S.

Before joining D-Fend Solutions, Huerta was the Administrator of the FAA from December 2011 to January 2018, where he was responsible for overseeing the safety and productivity of the largest aerospace administration in the world, managing a budget of $16 billion and more than 47,000 employees. Huerta currently sits on the board of directors for Delta Air Lines. Huerta has nearly 3 decades of experience with airport and airspace safety, and

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TikTok Files New Complaint in Federal Court Over Commerce Ban

TikTok is not accepting its Sept. 20 “ban” without a fight.

TikTok is not accepting its Sept. 20 “ban” without a fight.
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Although the clock is ticking, pardon the pun, TikTok is not going down without a fight.

Per Bloomberg and Reuters, the video-sharing app and its Chinese parent company, Bytedance, filed a complaint in a Washington federal court on Friday aiming to block the Trump administration’s upcoming ban, which is set to take effect on Sept. 20. The ban, announced by the Commerce Department earlier that day, will prevent any new downloads or updates to the app in the U.S. as of Sunday but will continue to allow users to access the app until Nov. 12 if they already had it downloaded prior to Sept. 20.

The Trump administration said that TikTok has until Nov. 12 to resolve the national security concerns it has about the app.

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Cleveland Water Alliance to use $600,000 federal grant to promote technology that would protect Lake Erie

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland Water Alliance, a nonprofit advocate for Lake Erie, has received a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration to test innovations in water technology.

a sunset over a body of water: - High water means almost no beach at Rocky River Park on Monday, April 6, 2020. Laura Johnston, cleveland.com

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– High water means almost no beach at Rocky River Park on Monday, April 6, 2020. Laura Johnston, cleveland.com

Matching donations from a consortium of local foundations, businesses and economic development organizations gives the alliance $1.2 million to fund two “test bed” initiatives, according to alliance Executive Director Bryan Stubbs.

One of the initiatives will create testing areas at various locations on Lake Erie and within its watershed. The alliance already has a pilot bed along Old Woman Creek west of Cleveland.

Developers of new water technology, such as sensors to monitor E. coli levels or dangerous algal blooms, will be able to evaluate their equipment alongside existing technology in order to

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Federal term workers could be hired for up to 10 years under Trump proposal

Agencies could use the extended period for projects such as medical research or information technology initiatives involving the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — as well as for other projects scheduled to last only for a specific time, under rules proposed Monday by the Office of Personnel Management.

“The intended effect of this change is to allow agencies the flexibility and discretion to hire individuals with knowledge, skills and abilities tailored to a specific project or Congressional funded work that may not be required on a permanent basis or transferrable to other functions of the agency,” the OPM said.

However, agencies could use the authority to fill more of their positions with employees who will be out of a job when their time ends, regardless of its length, said Jacqueline Simon, public policy director of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE).

“What this does is set

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FSA Federal President Named to Virginia Business Magazine’s Virginia 500 List

ASHBURN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–George B. Mendiola, Jr., president of government services provider FSA Federal, was selected by Virginia Business magazine for its Virginia 500 list of the most powerful executives in the state. Mendiola is on the list in the federal contractor category. Fewer than 40 executives across Virginia made the list in this category.

The magazine highlighted its 2020 Power List in a special issue published in September 2020. This first annual publication features a comprehensive look at the commonwealth’s most influential leaders across 30 sectors ranging from construction and development to law, technology, and finance.

“Virginia Business is thrilled to have leaders like George Mendiola in the commonwealth,” said Bernie Niemeier, publisher of the magazine. “We are delighted to highlight his contributions to his industry and community as an example that might inspire future generations of executive leadership.”

The editorial team compiled the list after eight months

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