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Scooter startup Bird tried to silence a journalist. It did not go well. – TechCrunch

Scooter startup Bird tried to silence a journalist. It did not go well. – TechCrunch Cory Doctorow doesn’t like censorship. He especially doesn’t like his own work being censored. Anyone who knows Doctorow knows his popular tech and culture blog Boing Boing, and anyone who reads Boing Boing knows Doctorow …

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UK police release airport drone suspects and admit there may not have been any drones after all – TechCrunch

UK police release airport drone suspects and admit there may not have been any drones after all – TechCrunch Less than a week after mystery drones grounded flights at the U.K’s second largest airport, wreaking havoc on as many as 140,000 people’s travel plans for the Christmas period, police have admitted …

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Indonesia e-commerce leader Tokopedia raises $1.1B from Alibaba and SoftBank’s Vision Fund – TechCrunch

Indonesia e-commerce leader Tokopedia raises $1.1B from Alibaba and SoftBank’s Vision Fund – TechCrunch Indonesia-based e-commerce firm Tokopedia is the latest startup to enter the Vision Fund after it raised $1.1 billion led by the SoftBank megafund and Alibaba. SoftBank and Alibaba are existing investors in the business — the …

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Payment service Toss becomes Korea’s newest unicorn after raising $80M – TechCrunch

Payment service Toss becomes Korea’s newest unicorn after raising $80M – TechCrunch South Korea has got its third unicorn startup after Viva Republica, the company beyond popular payment app Toss, announced it has raised an $80 million round at a valuation of $1.2 billion. This new round is led by U.S. …

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White House shares manipulated Infowars video to justify CNN press ban – TechCrunch

White House shares manipulated Infowars video to justify CNN press ban – TechCrunch Read this slowly: The White House’s press secretary has tweeted a manipulated video shared by the editor-at-large of conspiracy theorist outlet Infowars to attempt to justify its decision to suspend the press credentials of CNN’s chief white house …

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Bots Distorted the 2016 Election. Will the Midterms Be a Sequel? – TechCrunch

Bots Distorted the 2016 Election. Will the Midterms Be a Sequel? – TechCrunch Tiffany Olson Kleeman Contributor Tiffany Olson Kleeman is the chief executive officer of Distil Networks. She formerly served in executive roles at Symantec and FireEye and was deputy chief of staff for cybersecurity operations under President George …

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SoftBank to wait on Khashoggi murder investigation before deciding on second Vision Fund – TechCrunch

SoftBank to wait on Khashoggi murder investigation before deciding on second Vision Fund – TechCrunch SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son says the company won’t walk away from its existing commitment with the Saudi Arabian royal family — the largest LP in its $100 billion Vision Fund — but the firm will …

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Richard Branson steps down as chairman of Virgin Hyperloop One – TechCrunch

Richard Branson steps down as chairman of Virgin Hyperloop One – TechCrunch Richard Branson has reportedly stepped down from the chairman role of Virgin Hyperloop One. In a statement, cited by Reuters, Branson said that the company would require a more time than he could devote to the company. “At this …

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Saudi Arabia’s ‘Davos in the Desert’ website was hacked and defaced – TechCrunch

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Davos in the Desert’ website was hacked and defaced – TechCrunch The website of the Saudi government’s upcoming Future Investment Initiative conference was hacked and defaced with images of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Several reporters tweeted screenshots of the site after its defacement, purporting to show Saudi …

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A Twitter employee groomed by the Saudi government prompted 2015 state-sponsored hacking warning – TechCrunch

A Twitter employee groomed by the Saudi government prompted 2015 state-sponsored hacking warning – TechCrunch An explosive report in The New York Times this weekend sheds new light on the apparent targeting of some accounts by “state-sponsored actors” more than three years ago. It comes in the wake of the …

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