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January 7, 2021, 8:35 PM

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Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook:
Zuckerberg says Facebook is extending the block it has placed on Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts “indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks”  —  The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining …
Tonya Riley / Washington Post:
The quick evacuation of the Capitol left computers and devices unattended while the mob ransacked offices, a nightmare scenario for cybersecurity professionals  —  Lawmakers and congressional staff were ushered into secure locations as a mob backing President Trump violently stormed …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube says it will temporarily restrict channels that post misinformation about the 2020 election results, potentially including Trump's  —  Channels will receive an automatic strike on top of videos being removed  —  YouTube will temporarily restrict channels that post videos containing …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Trump's Twitter account is unlocked following a 12-hour ban after he deleted several tweets; Twitter says he risks a permanent ban if he further violates rules  —  A little too late for that  —  Twitter has lifted its ban on President Donald Trump, and his latest tweet is very different than the ones we've seen for many months.
More: TechCrunchTweets: @realdonaldtrump
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
As Facebook prepares for a Washington controlled by Democrats, Zuckerberg is betting that blocking Trump will make up for the last four years of his appeasement  —  In his post announcing that President Trump would be blocked from posting on Facebook until at least Inauguration Day …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
The time has come for Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to deplatform Trump, whose continued presence is accelerating the erosion of US democracy  —  As you no doubt already know, today, President Trump incited his followers to storm the US Capitol, where they disrupted the constitutionally …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Twitch disables Trump's account indefinitely, preventing his channel from streaming, but leaves his profile and archived videos up for viewing  —  'In light of yesterday's shocking attack on the Capitol, we have disabled President Trump's Twitch channel'  —  Twitch has disabled President …
Vipal Monga / Wall Street Journal:
Shopify takes down online stores run by the Trump Organization and Trump campaign for violating its policy against promoting violence  —  E-commerce platform removes sites affiliated with President Trump for violating policy against promoting violence  —  TORONTO—Online stores run …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Michelle Obama calls on Silicon Valley to permanently ban Trump from their platforms and prevent leaders from using platforms to “fuel insurrection”  —  In a new statement issued by former First Lady Michelle Obama, she calls on Silicon Valley specifically to address its role …
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is developing an autonomous, electric vehicle, which could be released in five to seven years, as it adds more ex-Tesla execs to the project  —  Apple Inc. will take at least half a decade to launch an autonomous, electric vehicle because development work is still at an early stage …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Spanish bank BBVA says it is shutting down neobank Simple, which it acquired for $117M in 2014, and will move accounts to BBVA USA  —  Some consolidation is underway in the world of challenger banking apps.  BBVA today told users of Simple — the pioneering mobile and online banking app …
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
Officials say the US judiciary's electronic filing system was likely breached in the SolarWinds hack, putting highly sensitive nonpublic documents at risk  —  Apparent compromise in suspected Russian attack has put highly sensitive nonpublic court documents at risk, officials said
Financial Times:
SolarWinds hires ex-CISA Director Christopher Krebs as an independent consultant to help its crisis response after the hack  —  Group's software was exploited by suspected Russian hackers to spy on governments and businesses  —  The American technology company at the centre …
Tweets: @dakami and @gossithedog
Kate Rooney / CNBC:
SoFi says it will go public via a merger with a SPAC backed by Chamath Palihapitiya at a valuation of $8.65B  —  - Fintech start-up SoFi says it will merge with a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, backed by venture capital investor Chamath Palihapitiya.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Robinhood is considering the unusual move of selling some of its shares directly to its own users when it goes public this year  —  - Trading platform could market minority of IPO shares to users  — Retail investors have flocked to Robinhood during pandemic
Rajeev Syal / The Guardian:
UK government watchdog report says Boris Johnson's pledge of nationwide gigabit broadband coverage by 2025 will be missed due to litany of government failures  —  Government failures will leave thousands of rural homes with slow broadband, spending watchdog says
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Hopin, which develops software for hosting digital events, acquires livestreaming startup StreamYard for $250M  —  This morning Hopin, a quickly-growing startup that sells a technology platform for hosting digital events, announced that it has acquired StreamYard.

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