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Saturday, Oct 21

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Tech giants' choice of Russia witnesses draws concern

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Facebook, Twitter and Google all announced on Thursday that they will send their general counsels to testify at House and Senate Intelligence Committee hearings on Russian election interference — a move that has drawn fire from...

Twitter unveils schedule of updates to curb abuse

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Twitter has published a calendar of planned updates to enhance platform safety that it will roll out over the next several months. The schedule details a timeline of features and changes, including formally banning “unwanted...

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Amazon spends $3.4M on lobbying in record quarter

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Amazon spent $3.4 million on federal lobbying over the past three months, a new record for the company in a quarter that saw its acquisition of Whole Foods quickly approved by the Federal Trade Commission.With a total of $9.5 million spent…

Friday, Oct 20

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Tech forms new group to lobby for 'Dreamers': report

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Major tech companies are forming a new group to advocate for young immigrants brought to the country without proper documentation, Reuters reported Thursday.The group, called the Coalition for the American Dream, will lobby Congress to...

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House slates hearing on social media political ad disclosures

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The House will host the first hearing specifically on the need to disclose the sources of political ads online.Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), chairman of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Information Technology, scheduled the hearing for…

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Seattle's growth shows Amazon's HQ2 will be a mixed blessing

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The cities that are vying to host Amazon’s next big campus should be careful what they wish for.Landing the project, dubbed HQ2, will undoubtedly create an economic boom, with the $5 billion headquarters expected to employ some 50,000…

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Overnight Tech: Senators unveil bill to halt election meddling on social media | Google, Twitter, Facebook lawyers to testify on Russia probe | Trump taps new FTC chief

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NEW BILL AIMED AT CRACKING DOWN ON ONLINE POLITICAL ADS: Bipartisan legislation to boost social media ad transparency and curb foreign influence in elections was introduced Thursday, the latest congressional response to Russian hackers…

Thursday, Oct 19

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Bill to halt election meddling on social media introduced

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Bipartisan legislation to boost social media ad transparency and curb foreign influence in elections was introduced Thursday, the latest congressional response to the role of Russian hackers using Facebook and other social media to…

Senators press Apple to explain removal of apps in China

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Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) are demanding answers from Apple CEO Tim Cook after his company removed apps in China that allowed users to skirt the country’s internet censors.In a letter that was released by the...

Google will testify before Intelligence Committees

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Google will send its general counsel Kent Walker to testify before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees next month as part of Congress's investigation into how Russia may have used social media to interfere in the 2016 election, a.…

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Lyft raises $1B in funding round led by Google parent company

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Google’s parent company Alphabet has invested $1 billion in Lyft, providing a major boost to the ride-hailing firm as it looks to compete with rival Uber.Lyft secured the latest funding round from Alphabet's private-equity arm, CapitalG,…

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Top Facebook lawyer to testify before Congress in Russia probe

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Facebook’s general counsel, Colin Stretch, will testify before the House and Senate Intelligence Committees during hearings examining how Russians may have used social media companies to interfere in the 2016 election, a Facebook...

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Trump will nominate DC antitrust lawyer to chair FTC

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President Trump will nominate antitrust attorney Joseph Simons for chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, a White House spokeswoman confirmed.Simons is a partner and co-chairman of the antitrust department at the law firm Paul, Weiss,...

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Google briefed Congress ahead of hearings on Russian influence: report

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Google has spoken to investigators on the House and Senate Intelligence Committees in recent weeks as part of the panels' probes into Russian interference in the 2016 election, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.The closed-door…

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Overnight Tech: Senate bill expands disclosure rules for online political ads | Sex trafficking bill faces resistance from

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NEW BILL WOULD REQUIRE MORE TRANSPARENCY FOR ONLINE POLITICAL ADS: Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) will unveil legislation on Thursday to increase transparency about digital political ads in hopes of preventing future…

Twitter to crack down on harassment, abuse

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Twitter plans to strengthen its rules on online bullying and sexual harassment following long-standing criticism that the company isn’t doing enough to stop abuse on its platform.The San Francisco-based company will now impose more hefty...

Wednesday, Oct 18

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FCC delays Sinclair-Tribune review to allow for more public input

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is allowing more time for the public to weigh in on the Sinclair Broadcast Group’s proposed takeover of Tribune Media.The FCC’s Media Bureau said Wednesday that it would be halting its “shot…

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Twitter account claiming to belong to Tennessee GOP was run by Russian trolls

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Russian internet trolls ran a popular Twitter account that claimed to belong to the Tennessee Republican Party, BuzzFeed News reported Wednesday.The company took nearly a year to shut down the account, @TEN_GOP, despite repeated ...

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New bill on election meddling aims to increase ad transparency from social media

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Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) and Mark Warner (Va.) will unveil legislation on Thursday aimed at preventing foreign election interference by increasing digital ad transparency.Their new bill, called the Honest Ads Act, would make…

Facebook executive on election interference: ‘Sometimes bad things happen’

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The head of Facebook's Messenger application, David Marcus, on Wednesday said that nefarious activity on social media sites is just a reality for such platforms.“When you design a platform that reaches two billion people every month,…

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Report: Facebook, Google helped group run anti-Islam ads

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Facebook and Google worked closely with a right-wing advocacy group to help it push ads promoting anti-Islam and anti-immigrant messages in swing states during the 2016 election cycle, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.A group called Secure.…

ACLU wants FBI records on activists labeled 'black identity extremists'

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is pushing for the FBI to release documents on the surveillance of black individuals reportedly labeled by the agency as "extremists."The ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act request on…

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Sex-trafficking bill hits tech resistance

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Internet companies are fighting for changes to an online sex trafficking bill that they warn could have sweeping consequences for their industry. The bipartisan legislation in the House and Senate would make it easier to prosecute and sue.…

GOP leaders differ on tax timing expectations

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GOP leaders are working to manage expectations on tax reform — though they sometimes seem at cross-purposes.Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has laid out an ambitious timeline that would see the House approve legislation in November.“So by early…

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Senate GOP prepares for a war with Bannon

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Senate Republicans say they will fight back vigorously against former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon's efforts to knock off GOP incumbents in primaries next year.

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Dem lawmaker: Trump told widow of fallen soldier he 'knew what he signed up for'

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A Democratic congresswoman is claiming that President Trump made insensitive remarks to the widow of a soldier killed in an ambush in Niger.

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DNC chairman aims for diversity with delegate nominations

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DNC chairman Tom Perez has nominated 75 people to become new at-large DNC members, including a transgender woman and a woman protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Kushner adds lawyer from Gawker case to legal team: report

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Senior White House aide Jared Kushner has retained the lawyer who represented Hulk Hogan in his case against Gawker Media that eventually led to the site's shutdown, according to a new report....

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Trump's CIA watchdog pick never read Senate torture report

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President Trump's nominee to be the CIA's watchdog told lawmakers Tuesday that he never read the Senate's infamous torture report.

Trump calls for Congress to fix 'ObamaCare mess,' end 'bailouts' for insurers

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"I continue to believe Congress must find a solution to the ObamaCare mess instead of providing bailouts to insurance companies," Trump says.