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January 8, 2021, 1:45 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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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
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.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
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 …
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 …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Intercontinental Exchange's Bakkt is in advanced talks to go public via a merger with SPAC; combined entity could be valued at $2B  —  Bakkt, the cryptocurrency platform majority owned by Intercontinental Exchange Inc., is in advanced talks to go public through a merger …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Madrid-based digital temp staffing agency Jobandtalent raises ~$108M, bringing total raised to $290M, says it helped 80K+ workers with temporary gigs last year  —  Madrid-based Jobandtalent, a digital temp staffing agency which operates a dual-sided platform that connects temp workers …

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