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February 1, 2021, 10:45 AM

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Jeff Horwitz / Wall Street Journal:
In August, internal research at Facebook showed that ~70% of the platform's most active civic Groups were considered too toxic to recommend to users  —  The giant struggled to balance Mark Zuckerberg's free-expression mantra against findings that rabid partisanship had overrun a feature central to its future
NetBlocks:
Network data indicates the onset of widespread internet disruptions in Myanmar amid reports of a military uprising and the detention of political leaders  —  Network data from the NetBlocks Internet Observatory indicate the onset of widespread internet disruptions in Myanmar on Sunday 31 January 2021 …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Apple releases an iCloud Passwords browser extension for Chrome on Windows  —  Besides iTunes, Apple's biggest offering on Microsoft's operating system is the iCloud sync client for files, photos, and mail.  Apple is now extending its presence on Windows with an iCloud Passwords Chrome extension.
Byron Kaye / Reuters:
Australian PM Scott Morrison says Microsoft is confident Bing can fill the gap created by Google if it pulls its search services over news payment disputes  —  SYDNEY (Reuters) -Software giant Microsoft Corp is confident its search product Bing can fill the gap in Australia if Google pulls …
Maryclaire Dale / Associated Press:
SolarWinds hackers who breached US federal court system likely gained access to sealed documents containing trade secrets, espionage targets, and more  —  PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Trial lawyer Robert Fisher is handling one of America's most prominent counterintelligence cases, defending an MIT scientist charged with secretly helping China.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Twitter restricts a number of high-profile accounts in India, citing a “legal demand”, including investigative news outlet Caravan and two politicians  —  Twitter blocked access to dozens of accounts in India, including some that belonged to high-profile individuals in the country …
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Australian cloud data analytics company Phocas Software raises AU$45M led by Ellerston Capital to accelerate its growth in the US and UK  —  Phocas Software's cloud data analytics tools might be best known in Australia, where they're used by Thermo Fisher Scientific, Fiskars Royal Doulton …
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