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The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a request from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to stay an injunction blocking HB 20, which limits social network content moderation. The controversial Texas social media law HB 20 will take effect following a ruling today from a US appeals court. The tech industry trade groups NetChoice and the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) managed to block HB 20 in

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ICE uses data brokers to bypass surveillance restrictions, report finds

A new study from Georgetown Law finds that the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency has created a vast surveillance apparatus by combining public records with information privately acquired from data brokers. For almost as long as it has existed, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has drawn criticism for the methods by which its agents pursue and remove undocumented migrants. But a new report published Tuesday sheds new light on the extent to

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iPhone maker Pegatron halts production at plants in Shanghai and Kunshan due to COVID restrictions

Pegatron, a company that assembles the iPhone, has halted production at two plants in Shanghai and one in Kunshan to comply with the Chinese government’s stringent COVID-19 regulations. Pegatron, a Taiwanese company that is one of a few companies that assemble the iPhone, has halted production at two plants in Shanghai and one in Kunshan to comply with the Chinese government’s stringent COVID-19 regulations, according to Nikkei

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Tesla’s Shanghai factory stays closed as COVID restrictions remain in place

Tesla’s Shanghai factory will stay closed on Monday, April 4th as COVID-related restrictions stay in place. The factory has been closed since March 28th at the start of the city-wide lockdown. Tesla’s Shanghai factory will remain closed for another day as the city deals with strict lockdown measures brought on by an uptick in COVID-19 cases, as first reported by Bloomberg. In a company memo obtained by Bloomberg, Tesla reportedly told

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Japan puts new restrictions on stablecoins

Japan is introducing new legislation in 2022 that will only allow banks and wire transfer companies to issue stablecoins. This comes as Japan gets ready to roll out a yen-based cryptocurrency in 2022. Japan is proposing new restrictions that would only allow banks and wire transfer services to issue stablecoins, first reported by Nikkei Asia. Stablecoins are a type of digital currency that’s pegged to an external asset, like a fiat currency,

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WhatsApp new ‘last seen’ status feature now rolling out to iOS beta users

The ‘About’ section and ‘Profile Photo’ on WhatsApp can be set to hidden from the privacy settings of the messaging application WhatsApp recently rolled out new privacy features for Android beta testers. Now, the messaging application is rolling out a new beta update with the option to selectively restrict the ‘last seen’ status, profile photo and About

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Facebook puts tighter restrictions on vaccine misinformation targeted at children

In light of the FDA’s approval for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids, Facebook is rolling out stricter policies related to vaccine misinformation. The platform will now take down any content that implies the vaccine is unsafe, untested, or ineffective for kids. Just as the FDA officially approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids between the ages of five and 11, Meta, Facebook’s brand new identity, announced that it’s rolling out stricter policies for vaccine misinformation targeted at children (via

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FTC pledges to fight unlawful right to repair restrictions

The Federal Trade Commission formally pledged to take on unlawful right to repair restrictions in a new policy statement. The new policy could spell trouble for smartphone manufacturers like Apple that strictly inhibit users’ abilities to repair their own devices. The Federal Trade Commission formally pledged to take on unlawful “right to repair” restrictions in a new policy statement issued Wednesday. The new policy could spell trouble for smartphone manufacturers like Apple that strictly inhibit

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Expedia launches a new tool to check coronavirus travel restrictions

Expedia Group, whose travel sites include Vrbo, Travelocity, and Hotels.com, has a new tool that allows travelers to get the latest information about COVID-19 restrictions for their destinations and return trips. As more people get vaccinated against the coronavirus and spring weather coaxes people outside, we’re all thinking about those travel plans we shelved last summer. But with COVID-19 travel restrictions varying by country and by state in the US,

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Jeff Bezos is not a poster

Jeff Bezos seems to lack a basic understanding of how Twitter works. He’s tweeting about PowerPoint on a platform where there is no incentive to be reasonable. Friends, I’ve had alerts on for Jeff Bezos’ tweets for a while now, and after some consideration, I’m afraid I have to conclude that this man cannot post. I am, in fact, finding it difficult to believe how bad he is at posting. It’s

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US prosecutors are going after crypto sanctions evasion

A DC judge has revealed the existence of a criminal case against an unnamed crypto payment platform that sent $10 million in Bitcoin to an unnamed sanctioned country. The US Department of Justice is prosecuting the operator of a payment platform that flouted economic sanctions using cryptocurrency. As reported by The Washington Post, it’s possibly the first criminal prosecution of crypto-related sanctions

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