Dhaka, Aug 28 (AP/UNB) - A U.S. judge in Seattle blocked the Trump administration Monday from allowing a Texas company to post online plans for making untraceable 3D guns, agreeing with 19 states and the District of Columbia that such access to the plastic guns would pose a security risk.
The states sued to stop an agreement that the government had reached with Austin, Texas-based Defense Distributed, saying guidelines on how to print undetectable plastic guns could be acquired by felons or terrorists.
U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik extended a temporary restraining order, and his new decision will last until the case is resolved. He said Cody Wilson, owner of Defense Distributed, wanted to post the plans online so that citizens can arm themselves without having to deal with licenses, serial numbers and registrations.
Wilson has said that "governments should live in fear of their citizenry."
"It is the untraceable and undetectable nature of these small firearms that poses a unique danger," Lasnik said. "Promising to detect the undetectable while at the same time removing a significant regulatory hurdle to the proliferation of these weapons — both domestically and internationally — rings hollow and in no way ameliorates, much less avoids, the harms that are likely to befall the states if an injunction is not issued."
The State Department had reached the settlement with the company after the agency removed the 3D gun-making plans from a list of weapons or technical data that cannot be exported overseas.
The states argued that the federal agency didn't follow the law when it removed 3D guns from the munitions list. They said the government was supposed to notify Congress and provide a 30-day window before making a change to that list, but it did not.
Lasnik criticized the government for switching its position on the threat posed by the 3D gun-making plans.
Up until April, the government argued the distribution of the guidelines "posed a threat to world peace and the security and foreign policy of the United States," the judge said.
Despite those fears, the government decided that it only needed to restrict the international availability of firearms up to .50 caliber. That's when they reached a settlement with the 3D gun company.
There was no indication the government evaluated the unique characteristics of the plastic guns when it considered deleting that category of weapons from the prohibited list, the judge said.
"Nor is there any reasoned explanation for its change in position," Lasnik said.
The federal government declined to comment on the judge's ruling.
A lawyer with the U.S. Justice Department had argued against the injunction, saying possessing 3D plastic guns is already against the law, and the federal government is committed to enforcing that law.
But the judge said it wasn't enough.
"While the court appreciates the earnestness with which this commitment was made at oral argument, it is of small comfort to know that, once an undetectable firearm has been used to kill a citizen of Delaware or Rhode Island or Vermont, the federal government will seek to prosecute a weapons charge in federal court while the state pursues a murder conviction in state court," Lasnik said.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson praised the ruling.
"Once again, I'm glad we put a stop to this dangerous policy," Ferguson said. "But I have to ask a simple question: why is the Trump administration working so hard to allow these untraceable, undetectable 3D-printed guns to be available to domestic abusers, felons and terrorists?"
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, a pro-gun control group that has aggressively fought the online release of the gun plans, praised the judge's ruling "as a tremendous victory for the American public."
Avery Gardiner, co-president of the group, said 3D-printed guns "represent a supreme threat to our safety and security, and we are grateful that Judge Lasnik recognized it as such."
The states suing are Washington, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.
Dhaka, Aug 28 (UNB) - Robi has recently introduced an offer for all mobile internet users of the country.
A Robi press release said on Tuesday that its ‘Double Dhamaka’ offer includes 4GB welcome data bonus valid for 30 days to all customers joining Robi’s largest 4.5G network with a 4G smartphone.
Be it Robi’s existing customers using its 3.5G service or any other service, or be it the subscriber of any other operator, as long as they join Robi’s 4.5G service with a 4G smartphone, they can avail this offer.
For a period of six months after joining Robi’s 4.5G network with a 4G smartphone, every time the customer will purchase an internet package worth more than Tk 100, they will get the same volume of data as bonus with the same validity. Customers can avail this double internet bonus offer as many times they like, during the first six months.
Commenting on the offer, Robi’s Vice President, Media, Communication and Sustainability, Ekram Kabir said: “We have created by far the largest 4.5G network of the country with more than 7,000 4.5G sites.”
He added, “Celebrating this amazing milestone, we invite the digital netizens of the country to experience movies and video streaming, social networking, and more on Robi’s strong 4.5G network, through their 4G smartphones. I am sure tech-savvy data users will find this offer too good to miss out on.”
Dhaka, Aug 26 (UNB) - Telenor Group has been recognised by Fortune magazine for its work to bring affordable health care to the mass market through its mobile health service Tonic in Bangladesh.
The globally renowned business magazine has included Telenor in its fourth annual “Change the World” list of companies that are doing well by doing good, said a press release on Sunday.
The companies on this year’s “Change the World” list hail from 19 different countries.
Telenor Group has made it into the list for its digital health service Tonic, which is making health service accessible and affordable for the customers of its Bangladeshi operation Grameenphone Ltd, the release said.
“To be recognised by Fortune as a company that contributes to changing the world is a testament to how Telenor uses its vast footprint and the power of connectivity for social good, to create shared value,” said Sigve Brekke, President & CEO of Telenor Group.
Speaking on the occasion, Grameenphone CEO Michael Foley said, “The World Health Organization estimates that more than 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty each year due to medical costs and more than 400 million people lack access to basic health services. Yet in many places – particularly Telenor markets like Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Myanmar – life-changing primary care and health insurance remain out of reach. Tonic can play an effective role in resolving this situation.”
Boston, Aug 26 (AP/UNB)- A piece of computer history that helped launch a trillion dollar company is hitting the auction block.
A fully functioning Apple-1 being auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction in September is one of only 60 or so remaining of the original 200 that were designed and built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976 and 1977.
It was restored to its original, operational state by Apple expert Corey Cohen. The system was operated without fault for approximately eight hours in a test. It even includes the original keyboard from the 1970s.
It shows the humble beginnings of Cupertino, California-based Apple, which recently became the world's first publicly traded company to be valued at $1 trillion.
The Apple 1 originally sold for about $666. It could get $300,000 or more at auction.
New York, July 28 (AP/UNB) — Cracking down on hate, abuse and online trolls is also hurting Twitter's standing with investors.
The company's stock plunged Friday after it reported a decline in its monthly users and warned that the number could fall further in the coming months. The 20.5 percent plunge comes one day after Facebook lost 19 percent of its value in a single day.
Twitter says it's putting the long-term stability of its platform above user growth. That leaves investors seemingly unable to value what the biggest companies in the sector, which rely on their potential user reach, are worth.
Twitter had 335 million monthly users in the quarter, below the 339 million Wall Street was expecting, and down slightly from 336 million in the first quarter. That overshadowed a strong monthly user growth of 3 percent compared with the previous year.
The company said its monthly user number could continue to fall in the "mid-single-digit millions" in the third quarter.
While Friday was Twitter's second-worst loss since it went public in November 2013, the stock has still doubled in value over the last 12 months.
Long criticized for allowing bad behavior to run rampant on its platform, Twitter has begun to crack down, banning accounts that violate its terms and making others less visible.
Twitter is now attempting to rein in the worst offenders after years as one of the Wild West corners of the internet.
At the same time, it must convince people it's the go-to platform in social media, even though it is dwarfed right now by Facebook.
Facebook has more than 2.23 billion users while its apps WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger each have over 1 billion.
Twitter on Friday reiterated its efforts to "to invest in improving the health of the public conversation" on its platform, making the "long-term health" of its service a priority over short-term metrics such as user numbers.
As part of these efforts, Twitter said that as of May, its systems identified and challenged more than 9 million accounts per week that are potentially spam or automated, up from 6.4 million in December 2017. The company has previously disclosed these numbers.
A Washington Post report put the total number of suspended accounts in May and June at 70 million. The Associated Press also found that Twitter suspended 56 million such accounts in the last quarter of 2017. While Twitter maintains that most of these accounts were dormant and thus not counted in the monthly user figure, the company also warned that its cleanup efforts could affect its counted user base without giving specific numbers.
"We want people to feel safe freely expressing themselves and have launched new tools to address problem behaviors that distort and distract from the public conversation," CEO Jack Dorsey said in a prepared statement.
Twitter's market value dropped by more than $6 billion Friday, to around $26 billion. Investors still value Facebook at $503 billion. Facebook lost $119 billion in value on Thursday.
Twitter's second-quarter net income hit $100.1 million, after a loss last year during the same period. It's the company's third profit in a row, the third it has ever posted.
Per-share, the San Francisco company's net income was 13 cents, or 17 cents adjusted, in line with expectations, according to a poll by Zacks Investment Research.
Revenue of $710.5 million, up 24 percent and edging out expectations of $696 million.