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January 7, 2021, 4:20 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 …
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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 …
@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/...
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 …
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 …
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 …
BuzzFeed News:
The Trump supporters who rioted in the US Capitol on Wednesday had been openly planning online for weeks, including on mainstream and niche social media sites  —  The supporters of President Donald Trump who rioted in the US Capitol building on Wednesday had been openly planning for weeks …
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
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 …
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.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Gtmhub, which builds software to help companies manage their corporate planning, raises $30M Series B led by Insight Partners  —  This morning Gtmhub, a multinational startup that builds software to help other companies manage their corporate planning, announced that it has raised …
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Bloomberg:
CoinGecko data: total market value of cryptocurrencies passed $1T for the first time on Thursday as bitcoin hit $39K  —  - Digital currency had more than doubles in less than a month  — Cryptocurrency market cap is five times year-ago levels  —  Bitcoin's wild price swings resumed …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: US is considering prohibiting Americans from investing in Alibaba and Tencent, and is debating the impact on US financial markets of a potential ban  —  Agencies debate impact on U.S. financial markets of potential restrictions  —  U.S. officials are considering prohibiting Americans …
Ry Crist / CNET:
The Wi-Fi Alliance launches its Wi-Fi 6E certification program for devices that can transmit in the 6GHz band  —  The Wi-Fi Alliance has launched its Wi-Fi 6E certification program for devices equipped to transmit signals on the newly opened 6GHz band, the industry group announced Thursday.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
DDoSecrets, a WikiLeaks-like repository run by transparency activists, publishes 1TB of data from five companies that was first leaked by ransomware hackers  —  WikiLeaks successor DDoSecrets has amassed a controversial new collection of corporate secrets and is sharing them in the name of transparency.
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

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