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January 11, 2021, 8:35 PM

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Bloomberg:
Angela Merkel says social media's ban of the president's accounts is “problematic” and rules governing speech should happen by law, a sentiment echoed by France  —  - Chancellor Merkel calls Trump's ban on Twitter ‘problematic’  — France's Beaune says private actors shouldn't have such power
Peter W. Singer / Defense One:
After years of dodging the issue, social media platforms finally seem to acknowledge that they are not just a communication space but a conflict space  —  Platform companies have finally come to grips with their roles as owners of battlefields.  —  By the numbers, no person in human history …
Thomas Seal / Bloomberg:
Twitter stock fell 7%+ in first trading since permanently banning Trump; one analyst says Twitter could be inviting regulation by making editorial decisions  —  - Platform confirmed move in blog post after Capitol violence  — Ban shows Twitter is making editorial decisions, says analyst
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Washington Post:
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Parler sues Amazon after its AWS suspension, leveling far-fetched antitrust allegations including the claim that Amazon hopes 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. …
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel unveils four chip families, including Intel Core H-series for laptop gaming and Core vPro focused on hardware-based security, for the enterprise market  —  Intel is aiming for a comeback, and today, it unveiled four new processor families that it will deliver in 2021.
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 …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
LG says Google Stadia and Nvidia's GeForce Now are coming to its latest TVs in the second half of 2021  —  Game streaming comes natively to the TV screen  —  LG has announced that it's bringing two of the leading cloud gaming services, Google Stadia and Nvidia's GeForce Now, to its newest TVs later this year.
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.
Dan Gallagher / Wall Street Journal:
As tensions rise, China has found a subtle way to make life difficult for US tech companies: slowing down regulatory approval for acquisitions and other deals  —  Slow approval from Beijing is dragging out big technology deals, costing American companies time and money  —  Patience may be a virtue.
More: ZDNet
Alexander Osipovich / Wall Street Journal:
Intercontinental Exchange says its crypto venture Bakkt will go public via a SPAC merger at a $2.1B valuation  —  ICE's Bakkt crypto venture plans to roll out an app for trading and making payments with digital assets  —  Intercontinental Exchange Inc., or ICE, will take its cryptocurrency venture public …

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