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U.S. appeals judge’s ruling to block WeChat app store ban

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By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department on Friday said it was appealing a judge’s decision to block the government from barring Apple Inc <AAPL.O> and Alphabet Inc’s <GOOGL.O> Google from offering Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat for download in U.S. app stores.

The government said it was appealing to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals the Sept. 19 preliminary junction issued by U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler. The injunction blocked the U.S. Commerce Department order, which would also bar other U.S. transactions with Tencent Holding’s <0700.HK> WeChat, potentially making the app unusable in the United States.

A U.S. spokesman for Tencent did not immediately comment.

The Justice Department said earlier that Beeler’s order was in error and “permits the continued, unfettered use of WeChat, a mobile application that the Executive Branch has determined constitutes a threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United

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Judge prepares ruling after hearing on Trump TikTok download ban

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A federal judge listened to arguments in a rare Sunday hearing ahead of making a crucial decision on whether to allow or block a Trump administration ban on downloads of the popular video-sharing app TikTok.

District Judge Carl Nichols, who has promised to rule on a TikTok request to block the president’s order before it takes effect at 11:59 pm Sunday (0359 GMT Monday), heard arguments on the free-speech and national security implications of the Trump ban on the Chinese-owned app.

TikTok lawyer John Hall said a ban would be “punitive” and close off a public forum used by tens of millions of Americans.

In a written brief ahead of the hearing, TikTok lawyers said the ban was “arbitrary and capricious” and “would undermine data security” by blocking updates and fixes to the app used by some 100 million Americans.

The company also said the ban was unnecessary because negotiations

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EU appeals against Apple ruling in $15 billion tax battle

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  • The EU’s general court ruled in July that the Commission had failed to prove that the Irish government had given a tax advantage to the tech giant.
  • The Commission will now take the case to the highest court in Europe.
  • “We have to continue to use all tools at our disposal to ensure companies pay their fair share of tax,” the EU’s competition chief Margrethe Vestager said.



Margrethe Vestager wearing a pink shirt: European Commission executive vice president Margrethe Vestager talks to media in Brussels, Belgium.


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European Commission executive vice president Margrethe Vestager talks to media in Brussels, Belgium.

The battle between the EU and Apple on taxation is not over yet.

On Friday, the European Commission, which is the executive arm of the EU, said it would appeal a court ruling involving Apple and the Republic of Ireland. 

The EU’s general court ruled in July that the Commission had failed to prove that the Irish government had given a tax advantage to the tech

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