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January 8, 2021, 11:25 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 …
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 …
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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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:
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Roku has acquired global rights for Quibi content for, sources say, 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
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.
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 …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Chinese online grocery delivery startup Xingsheng Youxuan has raised $100M from Tencent at a $5B valuation  —  - Firm receives $100 million from Tencent at $5 billion value  — Grocer also in talks with other investors including Kuaishou  —  Tencent Holdings Ltd. has increased …

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