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08
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

U.S. appeals judge’s ruling that blocked U.S. ban on TikTok downloads

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government said in a court filing on Thursday it was appealing a judge’s ruling that prevented it from prohibiting new downloads of the Chinese-owned short video-sharing app TikTok.

The Justice Department said it appealed the order to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

In late September, a U.S. judge temporarily blocked a Trump administration order that was set to bar Apple Inc <AAPL.O> and Alphabet Inc’s Google <GOOGL.O> from offering new TikTok downloads.

China’s ByteDance, which owns TikTok, has been under pressure to sell the popular app. The White House contends that TikTok poses national security concerns as personal data collected on 100 million Americans who use the app could be obtained by China’s government. Any deal will also still need to be reviewed by the U.S. government’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

Negotiations are under way for Walmart Inc <WMT.N> and Oracle Corp <ORCL.N> to take stakes in a new company, TikTok Global, that would oversee U.S. operations.

But key terms of the deal – including who will have majority ownership – are in dispute. ByteDance has also said any deal will need to be approved by China. Beijing has revised its list of technologies subject to export bans in a way that gives it a say over any TikTok deal.

(Reporting by Diane Bartz in Washington; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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30
Sep
2020
Posted in technology

Apple blocked BlueMail app update despite sign-in exemption, Blix says

  • Blix, which has filed a lawsuit against Apple in the past accusing it of infringing on its technology, says Apple delayed approving an update to its BlueMail app for weeks.
  • According to emails reviewed by Business Insider, Apple rejected Blix’s app update for not including Apple’s “Sign in with Apple” feature, a requirement for apps that offer a sign in option from another service.
  • Since Blix is an email app, it should have been exempt from that rule. 
  • The interaction comes as some developers have been at odds with Apple over its policies, such as its requirement that app makers use Apple’s in-app payment feature.
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The company behind the popular email app BlueMail says Apple stonewalled its app updates after it criticized the iPhone maker. 

In emails reviewed by Business Insider, Apple tells the developer, Blix, that it had rejected its app updates in part because of BlueMail’s lack of a “Sign in with Apple” feature. Rejecting Blix’s app updates meant BlueMail had not been up-to-date for its users since July 30.

The “Sign in with Apple” feature is also at the heart of a lawsuit Blix filed against the iPhone maker last year, accusing Apple of infringing on its patent for a similar feature. Blix is a frequent Apple combatant, and has also accused the tech giant of suppressing BlueMail, which competes with Apple’s Mail app, in the App Store.

Apple later approved the update on Monday after reached for comment by Business Insider. The company pointed to the fact that BlueMail is approved and available in the App Store without  “Sign in with Apple” functionality in alignment with its App Store guidelines.

Still, after six weeks in limbo, the BlueMail delay is the latest instance of an app developer raising concerns