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January 8, 2021, 1:20 AM

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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Saheli Roy Choudhury / CNBC:
Hyundai confirms that it is in early discussions with Apple on collaborating to develop a self-driving car, and says Apple is in talks with several car makers  —  - South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor said it's in the early stages of discussions with Apple over potentially working together to develop an electric car.
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 …
Emily Birnbaum / Protocol:
Ajit Pai says he won't move forward with rule-making on Section 230 and that he won't “second-guess” Facebook and Twitter's decision to bar Trump from posting  —  For the bulk of his tenure, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has avoided wading into the relentless controversies that defined President Trump's presidency.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Sources: Google is planning to release a new Nest Hub in 2021 which will feature sleep tracking using Soli radar tech  —  Google is planning to release a new Nest Hub in 2021, sources familiar with the matter tell 9to5Google.  This upcoming Smart Display will feature sleep tracking powered by the company's Soli radar technology.
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
Matt Day / BNN:
Amazon shutters its Prime Pantry delivery service, and folds thousands of products under that banner into its main retail site  —  Amazon.com Inc. has shuttered Prime Pantry, a grocery and household essentials delivery service that was one of the retailer's early forays into selling food online.

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