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January 8, 2021, 7:05 PM

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The Verge:
Twitter says it has permanently suspended Trump's @realDonaldTrump account “due to the risk of further incitement of violence”  —  The president's preferred megaphone is gone  —  Twitter permanently banned President Donald Trump Friday days after a pro-Trump mob stormed the US Capitol leaving four dead.
Washington Post:
Internal letter: ~350 Twitter employees ask leadership to permanently suspend Trump's account and account for Twitter's role leading up to the insurrection  —  The social media giant took the action on Friday.  —  Twitter on Friday permanently suspended President Donald Trump from the site …
NBC News:
Twitter has banned the accounts of several Trump advisers, including Sidney Powell and Michael Flynn, for violating its ban on “Coordinated Harmful Activity”  —  Twitter on Friday removed the accounts of Michael Flynn, Sidney Powell and other high-profile supporters …
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 …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Reddit bans one of its largest Trump supporting subreddits, r/donaldtrump, due to repeated policy violations with regard to the violence at the Capitol  —  Reddit has banned the subreddit group “r/DonaldTrump,” a spokesperson confirmed to Axios.  —  Why it matters: While not an official group …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
BuzzFeed News:
Apple gives Parler 24 hours to institute a full moderation policy or face expulsion from the App Store, according to leaked emails between the two companies  —  Apple has given Parler, the social network favored by conservatives and extremists, an ultimatum to implement a full moderation plan …
Wall Street Journal:
Roku has acquired global rights for Quibi content, sources say for less than $100M, and will make it available free to stream in 2021 on the Roku Channel  —  Maker of the biggest U.S. streaming video-player plans to put the content in its ad-supported channel
Gizmodo:
A look at the digital archives preserving the posts rioters made of themselves at the US Capitol; the valuable crowdsourced evidence otherwise faces removal  —  Yesterday, a nauseated and tired public witnessed a clear, on-the-ground, real-time feed of Trump supporters committing countless potential felonies and misdemeanors.
Tonya Riley / Washington Post:
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Tanishaa Nadkar / Reuters:
UK's competition watchdog says it is investigating Google's proposals to remove third-party cookies from Chrome over concerns it could curb rival advertising  —  (Reuters) - UK's competition watchdog said on Friday it has launched an investigation into Google's proposals to remove third-party cookies …
Emma Woollacott / Forbes:
UK High Court rules that security services cannot search the computers and phones of millions of people under a single “general warrant”  —  After five years of legal wrangling, the UK High Court has ruled that the security and intelligence services cannot search the computers …
Saheli Roy Choudhury / CNBC:
After confirming discussions on an Apple car and seeing stock surge 20%, Hyundai has updated its statement removing any mention of Apple from it  —  - 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.
Financial Times:
Car makers including Volkswagen, Daimler, GM, and Renault are facing a crippling shortage of semiconductors; Volkswagen said it'll produce 100K fewer cars in Q1  —  Volkswagen, Daimler, GM and Renault vie with consumer electronics groups for scarce chips  —  The world's largest carmakers …
Jessica Toonkel / The Information:
Sources: AT&T couldn't get an HBO Max distribution deal for Amazon's Fire TV devices before WarnerMedia agreed to extend its contract for AWS services  —  For six months after WarnerMedia launched HBO Max, the growth of the high-profile new streaming service suffered because the company …

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