ByteDance kicks ball into Trump’s court by rejecting Microsoft and picking Oracle to partner with TikTok in the US



a man standing in front of a building: The TikTok logo is displayed in front of the short video-sharing app operator’s office in Culver City, California, on August 27. Photo: Agence France-Presse


The TikTok logo is displayed in front of the short video-sharing app operator’s office in Culver City, California, on August 27. Photo: Agence France-Presse

Oracle Corp has won the race to secure TikTok’s American operations, according to multiple reports citing people familiar with the talks, after main rival Microsoft Corp said its offer for the video app had been rejected.

ByteDance’s reported acceptance of Oracle as the operator of TikTok in the US is the culmination of an intensive power play by a number of heavyweight technology companies and their investment backers, the White House and Beijing over the past few weeks.

But the future in the US for the video-sharing app, which has been a viral hit among youngsters globally, remains unclear until it is known for certain that the proposed ByteDance-Oracle partnership will persuade the Trump administration to drop its ban, according to analysts and experts.

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California Supreme Court denies O.C. Board of Education petition to reopen school campuses

The Orange County Board of Education’s bid to force California to re-open school campuses for in-person learning ended Wednesday when the California Supreme Court refused to hear the case.

Board of Education President Ken Williams expressed disappointment with the ruling.

“I am sorry that the state Supreme Court did not view that Governor Newsom has abused his emergency powers that are given to governors under a real healthcare crisis. Our families and children are suffering from not going to school.”

Last month, the board, along with a few parents and several private schools across California, took the unusual step of filing legal actions directly with the state Supreme Court.

Two lawsuits claimed that actions by Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health to curb the spread of coronavirus were unconstitutional and violated the right to equal access to education. Newsom’s order effectively closed most school campuses to

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Supreme Court stays Maratha reservation in UG admissions and government jobs in Maharashtra

  • The apex court said that status of those who have already taken benefits of the 2018 law shall not be disturbed.
  • The Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, 2018 was enacted to grant reservation to people of Maratha community in Maharashtra in jobs and admissions.

The Supreme Court Wednesday stayed the implementation of 2018 Maharashtra law granting reservation to Marathas in education and jobs but made it clear that the status of those who have availed of the benefits will not be disturbed.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice L N Rao referred to a larger constitution bench, to be set up by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde, the batch of pleas questioning the validity of the law granting reservation to Marathas in education and jobs.

The apex court said that status of those who have already taken benefits of the 2018 law shall not be disturbed.

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Supreme Court issues notice on Andhra Pradesh’s plea to make English medium of education in schools



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The Supreme Court has issued a notice on Andhra Pradesh government’s plea seeking to make English the medium of education from classes one to six in its schools.

The SC bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and KM Joseph on Thursday sought response of Srinivas Guntipalli on whose plea the Andhra Pradesh High Court had stopped the implementation of the plan in government-run Telugu medium schools.

The high court in April had set aside the order for government schools to convert the medium of instruction from Telugu to English.

Advocate KV Vishwanathan, appearing for the state government, said the order during the hearing conducted via video conference.

He said a majority of parents wanted English to be the medium of education and it was a progressive, forward looking measure in accordance with the Constitution.

Advocate Gopal Shankarnarayanan, appearing for caveator, accepted the notice and will have to file response

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Michigan Argues In Court Devos Pulled A ‘reverse Robin Hood’ On COVID-19 School Funding

Oral arguments took place Tuesday for a lawsuit led by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, with attorneys for the former arguing the latter’s requirement for K-12 public schools to split CARES Act relief funding with private schools is unlawful.

The CARES Act passed in March by Congress stipulates that public school districts share coronavirus relief funding with low-income students at private schools within the same district. In June, DeVos issued a rule that says aid can’t be restricted to only poor private school students — all are eligible.

“There is nothing in the law Congress passed that would allow districts to discriminate against children and teachers based on private school attendance and employment,” DeVos said of the rule.

But in July, Nessel brought litigation against DeVos, saying the rule diverts $16 million from Michigan public schools to private institutions in violation of Congress’ requirements, the

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