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A judge has stalled the WeChat App Store ban

A federal judge in California has issued an injunction against President Trump's executive order banning WeChat.


The ruling, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler, will temporarily halt the Trump administration's attempt to block the use of the app in the U.S. In the ruling, Judge Beeler wrote that WeChat users who had filed a lawsuit against the ban had "shown serious questions going to the merits of the First Amendment claim," adding that "the balance of hardships tips in the plaintiffs favor."

Martin Cooper with his original DynaTAC cell phone.

Photo: Ted Soqui/Getty Images

Martin Cooper helped invent one of the most consequential and successful products in history: the cell phone. And almost five decades after he made the first public cell phone call, on a 2-pound brick of a device called the DynaTAC, he's written a book about his career called "Cutting the Cord: The Cell Phone Has Transformed Humanity." In it he tells the story of the cell phone's invention, and looks at how it has changed the world and will continue to do so.

Cooper came on the Source Code Podcast to talk about his time at Motorola, the process of designing the first-ever cell phone, whether today's tech giants are monopolies and why he's bullish on the future of AI.

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David Pierce

David Pierce ( @pierce) is Protocol's editor at large. Prior to joining Protocol, he was a columnist at The Wall Street Journal, a senior writer with Wired, and deputy editor at The Verge. He owns all the phones.

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