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January 12, 2021, 7:50 AM

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Twitter:
Twitter says it has suspended over 70K accounts involved in spreading harmful QAnon-associated content since Friday  —  Following the horrific events in Washington, DC, last week, here are some of the steps we've taken to protect the conversation on our service from attempts to incite violence …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Parler is suing Amazon after its AWS suspension, leveling far-fetched antitrust allegations, including that Amazon hoped to reduce competition for Twitter  —  Parler has sued Amazon after the beleaguered conservative social media site was expelled from AWS, filing a fanciful complaint alleging …
Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:
Bruce Haring / Deadline:
About Facebook:
Facebook says it is now removing content containing the phrase “stop the steal”, under Facebook and Instagram's Coordinating Harm policy  —  We began preparing for Inauguration Day last year.  But our planning took on new urgency after last week's violence in Washington, D.C. …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Following Trump's ban on Facebook and Twitter, alternative social apps and private messengers top the app stores, including Signal, Telegram, MeWe, and CloutHub  —  Alternative social media apps including MeWe, CloutHub and other privacy-focused rivals to big tech, are topping …
Bloomberg:
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Melissa Repko / CNBC:
Walmart says it will launch a fintech start-up, with Ribbit Capital owning a minority share in the new company  —  - Walmart said Monday that it will launch a fintech start-up with Ribbit Capital, one of the investment firms behind Robinhood.  — The retail giant interacts with millions of customers …
Ashley Gold / Axios:
Facebook says it's freezing all contributions from its PAC through at least Q1 as it reviews its political spending, joining Microsoft and Google  —  Facebook is halting political spending for at least the first quarter of 2021 following last week's deadly attack on the Capitol.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
IDC: PC shipments for 2020 were up 13.1% YoY, the most annual growth in the market since 2010's 13.7% increase  —  The PC is far from dead  —  The PC was supposed to die 10 years ago, but it's just experienced its first big growth in a decade.  Market research firm Canalys reports …
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Facebook hires Roy L. Austin, Jr., a renowned civil rights attorney and advocate, to establish a new civil rights organization inside Facebook  —  Civil rights attorney Roy L. Austin, Jr., who focused on policing in the Obama administration, first at the Justice Department and then at the White House …
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Muslim prayer app Salaat First, with 10M+ Android downloads, tracks users' location in the UK, Germany, France, and Italy and sells it to data broker Predicio  —  Salaat First has more than ten million downloads and sold location data to Predicio, which is linked to a U.S. contractor which works with ICE.
Monica Chin / The Verge:
Lenovo announces ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga: less than half an inch thick, 2K touch display with 450 nits of brightness, 11th-gen Intel i7 vPro, starts at $1,899  —  Plus a new X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga  —  Lenovo announced a bunch of additions to its ThinkPad line today, headlined by the new X1 Titanium Yoga.
Emily Czachor / Newsweek:
North Idaho ISP Your T1 WIFI will block Facebook and Twitter for customers that request it after it received complaints over censorship  —  Your T1 WiFi, an internet service provider based in northwestern Idaho, will implement firewalls that restrict access to Facebook and Twitter at its customers' requests.

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