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January 10, 2021, 5:30 PM

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BuzzFeed News:
Parler CEO confirms that Amazon will suspend Parler's AWS account on Jan. 10 at 11:59PM PST, says Parler may be unavailable on the internet for up to a week  —  Amazon notified Parler that it would be cutting off the social network favored by conservatives and extremists …
New York Times:
Apple has suspended Parler from the App Store, saying Parler “has not taken adequate measures” to address threats to people's safety on its platform  —  The companies pulled support for the “free speech” social network, all but killing the service just as many conservatives are seeking alternatives to Facebook and Twitter.
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Parler becomes the number one app on Apple's App Store in the US; Gab claims it is seeing 10,000+ new users sign up every hour  —  Users are surging on small, conservative, social media platforms after President Donald Trump's ban from the world's largest social networks …
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
A group of Amazon staffers, Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, calls on the company to stop providing AWS services to Parler  —  - A group of Amazon corporate employees is calling on the company to stop providing cloud services to Parler, a social media app popular with Trump supporters …
Shawna Chen / Axios:
Washington Post:
As Trump searches for a new social network after his Twitter ban, a shift from mainstream platforms would mark a retreat to insular conservative communities  —  Twitter's decision to ban President Trump mere days before the end of his term sparked a fierce political backlash among …
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.
Axios:
A list of platforms that banned or limited Trump-affiliated accounts: Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube, Apple, Snapchat, TikTok, Shopify, Pinterest, and more  —  Platforms are rapidly removing Donald Trump's account or accounts affiliated with pro-Trump violence and conspiracies, like QAnon and #StoptheSteal.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Twitter and Facebook's ban on Trump is not censorship, and demanding clear rules for social media moderation is “stupid” because the context is always changing  —  When I started writing this post, it was about Facebook's decision to suspend Trump's account indefinitely …
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Hyunjoo Jin / Reuters:
Report: Hyundai and Apple plan to sign a partnership deal on autonomous electric cars by March and start production in the US as early as 2024  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - Hyundai Motor and Apple Inc plan to sign a partnership deal on autonomous electric cars by March and start production as early …
Steven Sinofsky / @stevesi:
[Thread] A look back at the state of tech and mobile industries during the first iPhone keynote 14 years ago, the importance of which took years to sink in  —  Today is the 13th anniversary iPhone announcement—easily one of the greatest launch events and moments of technology change in history. What was the “world” like at the time? When something changes the world so much it seems obvious in hindsight. That was not at all the case. 1/ https://twitter.com/...
Dan Rose / @danrose999:
[Thread] Former exec describes Amazon's transition from Sun to HP/Linux servers in early 2000s, that risked bankrupting the company and laid foundations for AWS  —  I was at Amzn in 2000 when the internet bubble popped. Capital markets dried up & we were burning $1B/yr. Our biggest expense was datacenter -> expensive Sun servers. We spent a year ripping out Sun & replacing with HP/Linux, which formed the foundation for AWS. The backstory:

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