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February 5, 2021, 9:40 PM

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Emily Birnbaum / Protocol:
Democratic senators' SAFE TECH Act will strip Section 230 immunity for any ads or posts violating civil rights, antitrust, cyberstalking, human rights laws  —  Three top Democratic senators added to the stack of proposed Section 230 reforms Friday, introducing their own bill …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Democrats' Sec. 230 bill is a dumpster fire of cluelessness that effectively wipes out protections for entire internet while pretending it's just a minor change  —  For the past few months we've been seeing a ton of terrible/ridiculous/awful/unconstitutio nal bills coming from mostly Republicans …
BuzzFeed News:
Sources: while Trump was in office, the Trump Org negotiated a 40% stake in Parler in exchange for making it his main social network; the deal never finalized  —  Documents seen by BuzzFeed News show that Parler offered Trump 40% of the company if he posted exclusively to the platform.
Associated Press:
Draft bill in Nevada to establish “Innovation Zones” would let tech companies with large areas of land form governments with the same authority as counties  —  CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Planned legislation to establish new business areas in Nevada would allow technology companies …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
Google has patched an actively exploited zero-day vulnerability in its Chrome 88 update  —  Google Chrome 88.0.4324.150 released with a fix.  Users advised to update.  —  Google has released today version 88.0.4324.150 of the Chrome browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Ashley Gold / Axios:
Microsoft suspends contributions for the rest of the 2022 election cycle to all members of Congress who voted to object to the presidential election results  —  Microsoft announced Friday it will suspend contributions for the rest of the 2022 election cycle to all members of Congress who voted …
Ben Gilbert / Insider:
Mark Zuckerberg made a surprise appearance on Clubhouse on Thursday, discussing VR, AR, Facebook's Reality Labs group, and remote work  —  - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared on a Clubhouse talk show on Thursday evening.  — Zuckerberg appeared on The Good Times Show, a talk show on the buzzy new social networking app.
Harvard Business Review:
Facebook's claims about the size of losses small businesses will suffer due to iOS 14 privacy changes don't hold up under scrutiny and are likely exaggerated  —  by - Bart de Langhe and - Stefano Puntoni  —  Summary.  —  Apple will soon require consumers to opt in if they want to allow businesses …
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Ashwin Manikandan / The Economic Times:
PayPal says it will wind down its domestic payment operations in India by April 1 and focus on its existing cross-border trade business  —  Mumbai: PayPal Inc. will wind down its payment operations in India this year, a spokesperson said on the condition of anonymity.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Myanmar's new military government orders local telecom operators and ISPs to block Twitter and Instagram, days after imposing a similar blackout on Facebook  —  Myanmar's new military government has ordered local telecom operators, internet gateways, and other internet service providers …
Michelle Chan / Nikkei Asia:
Users in mainland China are flocking to Clubhouse, a rare space outside the country's firewall where they can speak freely with people from Hong Kong and Taiwan  —  Audio-based social-media platform becomes free-speech haven for mainland users  —  The Clubhouse app had two million users globally as of Jan. 24.

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