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January 7, 2021, 12:20 AM

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Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
As a mob of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building, Facebook and Twitter allowed Trump to cheer them on using their platforms  —  As rioters stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday, President Donald Trump clung to his last vestiges of power: his social media accounts.
@twittersafety:
[Thread] Twitter says Trump's account will be locked for 12 hours following removal of recent tweets, and further violations will result in permanent suspension  —  As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy. https://help.twitter.com/...
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Facebook will remove content supporting violence at the Capitol, including photos and videos of the event, require admin review for group posts, more  —  After removing a video in which President Trump praised a violent group of his supporters who broke into the U.S. Capitol building …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Facebook and Instagram have banned President Trump from posting for the next 24 hours citing two policy violations  —  The company follows Twitter in restricting Trump's presence  —  Facebook has blocked President Trump from posting on the site for 24 hours, the company said Wednesday evening.
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Facebook and YouTube have removed a video of Trump addressing supporters; Facebook says it risked adding to violence, YouTube says it violated election rules  —  YouTube also removed it, but Twitter left it up  —  As rioters stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday, Facebook removed a video …
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
After labeling some Trump tweets due to “risk of violence”, Twitter removed three Trump tweets, including the video to his supporters  —  Twitter has suspended Donald Trump and locked the president out of his account for the next 12 hours, after warning that his tweets posed a “risk of violence.”
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
Some Facebook employees say internal forum admins froze comments on at least three threads in which employees discussed removing Trump from the site  —  Facebook employees were appalled by President Donald Trump's encouragement of his supporters as they stormed the US Capitol building …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
New York Times:
Sources: US intel agencies are investigating JetBrains as possible entry point for SolarWinds hackers; JetBrains isn't aware of any investigation or compromise  —  Russian hackers may have piggybacked on a tool developed by JetBrains, which is based in the Czech Republic …
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
DOJ says SolarWinds hackers accessed about 3% of its email accounts, but there's no indication that the breach impacted classified systems  —  - Hackers who tapped into government networks through SolarWinds software potentially accessed about 3% of the Justice Department's email accounts, a spokesperson said Wednesday.
Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple says App Store users spent $1.8B on goods and services between December 24 and New Year's Eve and $540M on New Year's Day alone; Books has 90M MAUs  —  Apple has announced today that App Store customers spent a record amount throughout the holiday season.
Bloomberg:
Facebook's Andrew Bosworth says its smart glasses, built in partnership with Ray-Ban, will arrive “sooner than later” in 2021 without AR features  —  - Company has more than 6,000 staff on AR, VR and hardware tasks  — Zuckerberg seeking the next computer platform after smartphone
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
An oral history from 24 people describing how Microsoft developed the original Xbox, initially an over-budget ungainly product, and reshaped the gaming industry  —  The original product was ungainly, over-budget and nearly canceled.  Here's how it became a hit and reshaped an industry.
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Roblox announces a $520M financing round led by Altimeter Capital and Dragoneer at a $29.5B valuation, says it plans to go public soon via direct listing  —  - Robolox raised $520 million at a $29.5 billion valuation in a financing round led by Altimeter Capital and Dragoneer Investment Group.
Emily Birnbaum / Protocol:
After Democrats won both of Georgia's Senate seats, a look at potential tech legislation under a unified government, including a federal privacy bill  —  Democrats have won both Senate races in Georgia, taking back control of the Senate after five years of Republican leadership.
Alexandra Alper / Reuters:
Trump signs an executive order banning transactions with Ant Group's Alipay, Tencent's WeChat Pay and QQ, and five other Chinese payment apps  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order banning transactions with eight Chinese software applications, including Ant Group's Alipay.
Pranob Mehrotra / XDA Developers:
WhatsApp updates its Terms and Privacy Policy to mandate data sharing with Facebook, including transaction data, mobile device information, IP address, and more  —  WhatsApp users are receiving an in-app notice today regarding the service's new terms and privacy policy.

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