U.S. Judge to Hold Nov. 4 Hearing on Commerce Dept TikTok Ban | Top News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge said on Tuesday he would hold a Nov. 4 hearing on whether to allow the U.S. government to bar transactions with TikTok, a move that the Chinese-owned short video-sharing app has warned would effectively ban its use in the United States.

U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols in Washington issued a preliminary injunction on Sept. 27 that barred the U.S. Commerce Department from ordering Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google app stores to remove TikTok for download by new users.

Nichols must now decide whether to block the other aspects of the Commerce Department order set to take effect on Nov. 12. Nichols’ new hearing is scheduled for one day after the presidential election.

Talks are ongoing to finalize a preliminary deal for Walmart Inc and Oracle Corp to take stakes in a new company, TikTok Global, that would oversee U.S. operations. U.S. President Donald

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State dept of Science and Technology inks MoU with IIM

  • | Tuesday | 6th October, 2020

Kolkata: The state Department of Science and Technology and Bio Technology (DSTBT) is setting up a Technology Development and Adaptation Centre (TDAC) with the objective of building and nurturing an ecosystem to support science and tecnology-led entrepreneurship and promotion of scientific research and innovation.
The state DSTBT has signed an MOU with Indian Institute of Management-run Entrepreneur and Innovation Park at Joka, Kolkata to jointly set up the TDAC.
State minister for Science & Technology & Bio-Technology department Bratya Basu and Additional Chief secretary of the department Anil Verma were present at the MoU signing event on Monday.
The promising S&T solutions/Research in the state will enable sustainable ventures, businesses, and facilitate commercialization of research output,” said a press note issued by the state government.
The state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is making rapid progress in technology innovation owing

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Justice Dept. expected to file antitrust action vs. Google

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Justice Dept. urges Congress to limit tech’s legal shield

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department sent Congress draft legislation on Wednesday that would reduce a legal shield for platforms like Facebook and YouTube, in the latest effort by the Trump administration to revisit the law as the president claims those companies are slanted against conservative voices.

The original law, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, makes it difficult to sue online platforms over the content they host or the way they moderate it. Under the proposed changes, technology platforms that purposely facilitate “harmful criminal activity” would not receive the protections, the department said. Platforms that allow “known criminal content” to stay up once they know it exists would lose the protections for that content.

Attorney General William Barr, in a statement, urged lawmakers to “begin to hold online platforms accountable both when they unlawfully censor speech and when they knowingly facilitate egregious criminal activity online.” (While they are shielded

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Justice Dept. to brief state officials on expected Google antitrust case

The Justice Department and Google each declined to comment.

The Justice Department opened its investigation of Google last year, a probe that initially appeared focused on the company’s advertising business but since then has come to encompass its dominant footprint in online search. It marks the first major entanglement between the U.S. government and the tech giant since 2013, when federal officials last scrutinized Google on antitrust grounds but opted against filing a lawsuit challenging the company. In the meantime, European regulators have slapped Google with billions of dollars in fines for violating antitrust laws.

The department had been eyeing a September lawsuit against Google. U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr this summer sought to speed up the agency’s work, overruling dozens of federal agents who said they needed additional time before they could file a case against Google, The Washington Post previously reported.

State attorneys general, meanwhile, embarked on

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