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Parler offered Trump's company 40% ownership of the app to make it his go-to social media platform

Parler offered Trump's company 40% ownership of the app to make it his go-to social media platform

The word "Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Something is loading.Loading...We’ve simplified our name. Now we’re just “Insider.” Thank you for reading!Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Parler and the Trump Organization, negotiating on behalf of then-President Donald Trump, held talks that would have given Trump's company a major stake in Parler in exchange for the president making it his go-to social media platform,  reported Friday.After...

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Robinhood is reportedly borrowing at least 'several hundred million dollars' from banks amid GameStop trading frenzy

Robinhood is reportedly borrowing at least 'several hundred million dollars' from banks amid GameStop trading frenzy

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Something is loading.Loading...Robinhood is drawing down lines of credit to the tune of "at least several hundred million dollars," reported Thursday.The quick decision to seek additional funds from its lenders, which include JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs, suggest that this week's trading frenzy has put a strain on the company, according to Bloomberg's Matthew Monks and Michelle Davis. Robinhood did not respond to a request for comment on this story.The...

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YouTube blocks Rudy Giuliani from earning ad dollars after he repeatedly pushed election misinformation

YouTube blocks Rudy Giuliani from earning ad dollars after he repeatedly pushed election misinformation

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Something is loading.Loading...YouTube has temporarily blocked Rudy Giuliani from earning money on his videos after he repeatedly violated its policies against spreading election misinformation, the company said Tuesday.YouTube said it suspended Giuliani from its YouTube Partner Program, which gives the platform's more popular creators some of the revenue generated by ads on their videos, as well as more extensive resources and customer support.Giuliani can...

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Microsoft president Brad Smith candidly confesses politics are pay-to-play in response to criticism over the company's donations to lawmakers who objected to US election results

Microsoft president Brad Smith candidly confesses politics are pay-to-play in response to criticism over the company's donations to lawmakers who objected to US election results

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Something is loading.Loading...Microsoft CEO Brad Smith offered his employees a candid take this week on why the company gives money to politicians, shedding light on the heated debate over how corporate America should respond to GOP-led efforts to overturn the results of the US presidential election."It plays an important role. Not because the checks are big, but because the way the political process works," Smith said, according to . "Politicians in the...

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Elon Musk says he will give $100 million to whoever creates the best carbon-capture technology

Elon Musk says he will give $100 million to whoever creates the best carbon-capture technology

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Something is loading.Loading...Elon Musk teased his latest philanthropic endeavor on Thursday: a contest meant to encourage more-innovative carbon-capture technologies."Am donating $100M towards a prize for best carbon capture technology," Musk , adding that he would provide "details next week."Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX who briefly as the world's richest person before a dropped him back a spot, recently asked his Twitter followers for advice on how...

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Amazon hit with class action antitrust lawsuit claiming it colluded with major publishers to illegally drive up ebook prices by 30%

Amazon hit with class action antitrust lawsuit claiming it colluded with major publishers to illegally drive up ebook prices by 30%

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Something is loading.Loading...Several ebook customers on Thursday against Amazon accusing it of violating antitrust laws by illegally colluding with the "big five" publishing houses to drive up the prices of ebooks.The lawsuit alleged that Amazon entered into anticompetitive pricing agreements in 2015 with Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster that allowed the companies to artificially increase prices by as much as...

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Amazon hits back at Parler's antitrust lawsuit with extensive examples of its violent content, including death threats against politicians, tech CEOs, and BLM supporters

Amazon hits back at Parler's antitrust lawsuit with extensive examples of its violent content, including death threats against politicians, tech CEOs, and BLM supporters

Amazon on Tuesday to an antitrust suit brought against it by Parler, arguing that the social-media upstart's refusal to remove violent content from its platform violated its contract and that Parler had failed to prove any antitrust claims.on Monday after the tech from its web-hosting service, Amazon Web Services, amid a public outcry over Parler's role in ."This case is not about suppressing speech or stifling viewpoints. It is not about a conspiracy to restrain trade," Amazon argued in the court filing. "Instead, this case is about Parler's demonstrated unwillingness and inability to...

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Democratic Rep. Cori Bush plans to introduce bill that would expel GOP lawmakers who attempted overturn the presidential election

Democratic Rep. Cori Bush plans to introduce bill that would expel GOP lawmakers who attempted overturn the presidential election

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Rep. Cori Bush is planning to introduce legislation that would expel members of Congress who attempt to overturn the results of the US presidential election, the newly elected Missouri Democrat Wednesday."I believe the Republican members of Congress who have incited this domestic terror attack through their attempts to overturn the election must face consequences," Bush said. "They have broken their sacred Oath of Office."Bush's tweet came in response to...

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Apple knew a supplier was using child labor but took 3 years to fully cut ties, despite the company's promises to hold itself to the 'highest standards,' report says

Apple knew a supplier was using child labor but took 3 years to fully cut ties, despite the company's promises to hold itself to the 'highest standards,' report says

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Apple is back under the spotlight over labor conditions in its supply chain following an explosive report from on Thursday that revealed new details about the company's reluctance to cut ties with suppliers who violate its ethics policies.According to the report, Apple learned in 2013 that Suyin Electronics, a China-based company that (at the time) made parts for its MacBooks, was employing underage workers, and despite telling Suyin to address the issue or...

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McConnell ties $2,000 stimulus checks to Trump-proposed poison pills on Section 230 and election fraud, likely sinking push for additional COVID-19 relief

McConnell ties $2,000 stimulus checks to Trump-proposed poison pills on Section 230 and election fraud, likely sinking push for additional COVID-19 relief

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday tying $2,000 stimulus checks to unrelated items on President Donald Trump's agenda: a full repeal of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and the creation of a new Congressional committee to further investigate the integrity of the 2020 US elections.By linking the increased payments to measures that Democrats oppose, so-called poison pills, McConnell's bill will likely sink efforts to get...

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Uber fined $59 million by California regulators for repeatedly refusing to turn over data about sexual assaults

Uber fined $59 million by California regulators for repeatedly refusing to turn over data about sexual assaults

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Uber has been ordered to pay a $59.1 million fine to the California Public Utilities Commission for repeatedly refusing to comply with its requests for data about the company's .On Monday, an administrative law judge that Uber must pay the fine within 30 days and turn over the data or CPUC can revoke Uber's license to operate within California.Uber "refused, without any legitimate legal or factual grounds, to comply" with multiple previous administrative...

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Trump claimed that COVID-19 vaccine would have taken 'five years' to develop if he weren't president

Trump claimed that COVID-19 vaccine would have taken 'five years' to develop if he weren't president

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.President Donald Trump claimed in an interview with Fox News' Brian Kilmeade that aired on Sunday that the US wouldn't have developed a vaccine for the novel coronavirus for five years if he weren't president."If I wasn't president, according to almost everybody, even the enemy — if I wasn't president, you wouldn't have a vaccine for five years," Trump said.The Food and Drug Administration to a highly effective COVID-19 vaccine developed by the drugmakers...

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Facebook reportedly told its ad reviewers to ignore fraud and hacked accounts as long as 'Facebook gets paid'

Facebook reportedly told its ad reviewers to ignore fraud and hacked accounts as long as 'Facebook gets paid'

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.A blistering investigation into Facebook's ad business published by on Thursday revealed in new detail how the company prioritizes making money over enforcing its own rules intended to protect users from scammers and hackers.According to BuzzFeed News, Facebook continues to knowingly allow — and profit from — fraudulent advertisers, and the company's ad business is "built with the same lax controls and outsourcing of critical moderation work" that has...

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Airbnb has navigated the pandemic better than its rivals — but the company's uncertain future depends heavily on forces beyond its control

Airbnb has navigated the pandemic better than its rivals — but the company's uncertain future depends heavily on forces beyond its control

Airbnb made its initial public offering documents available to the public Monday, revealing during the first three quarters of what has been a tumultuous year for the company.At one point, Airbnb's bookings in Beijing — an early COVID-19 hot-spot as well as a key growth market for the company — had from pre-pandemic levels. Airbnb was forced to drastically cut costs worldwide, including , cutting all marketing spending, and raising .But Airbnb and its CEO Brian Chesky have also garnered praise for strategic decisions over the past few months that have helped the company stay afloat, and...

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams The Lincoln Project as being in 'scam territory' after it raised $67 million to try to persuade never-Trump Republicans to vote for Biden

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams The Lincoln Project as being in 'scam territory' after it raised $67 million to try to persuade never-Trump Republicans to vote for Biden

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.270 to win51 to control218 to controlRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had harsh words for The Lincoln Project on Friday, accusing the group of being in "scam territory" over its promise to persuade "never-Trump" Republicans to vote for .In a , Ocasio-Cortez argued that The Lincoln Project, which according to Federal Election Commission data, diverted resources from organizers and groups who were more effective in driving votes in for Biden."It's not too late...

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Mitch McConnell just adjourned the Senate until November 9, ending the prospect of additional coronavirus relief until after the election

Mitch McConnell just adjourned the Senate until November 9, ending the prospect of additional coronavirus relief until after the election

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday motioned for the Senate to adjourn until November 9.The move shuts down the Senate from doing any legislative business, including reaching a deal on additional coronavirus aid, until after voters have cast their ballots, and it comes on the heels of Monday's 52-48 vote to to the US Supreme Court.David Popp, a representative for McConnell, told Business Insider there was "nothing to add" to what he described as...

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As Facebook prepares to outsource tough content decisions to its new 'Supreme Court,' experts warn it still operates within a dictatorship and can't legislate a better government

As Facebook prepares to outsource tough content decisions to its new 'Supreme Court,' experts warn it still operates within a dictatorship and can't legislate a better government

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.More than two years after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg first of an independent "Supreme Court" that could make the final call on difficult content moderation decisions, the company's Oversight Board is finally nearing its launch date., a human and digital rights lawyer and inaugural board member, told Business Insider in an interview this week that the board hopes, "if things go well, to be able to take cases by mid- to late-October this year."The Oversight...

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Trump makes bizarre claim that protesters are throwing cans of Goya Foods products and Bumble Bee tuna fish

Trump makes bizarre claim that protesters are throwing cans of Goya Foods products and Bumble Bee tuna fish

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.President Donald Trump made a bizarre claim Tuesday, without evidence, that protesters against police brutality in Minnesota and Chicago threw cans of "tuna fish and soup" at law enforcement officers.At his campaign rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, Trump alleged that protesters in Minnesota and Chicago had wielded cans, specifically the brands Goya Foods and Bumble Bee Seafoods."They go out and buy tuna fish and soup... they go out and buy Goya because...

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Trump reportedly pushed again for a cut of the TikTok deal in a call with Oracle chairman Larry Ellison and Walmart CEO Doug McMillon

Trump reportedly pushed again for a cut of the TikTok deal in a call with Oracle chairman Larry Ellison and Walmart CEO Doug McMillon

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.President Donald Trump again made the case that the US government should receive a payout as part of a TikTok deal, this time to Oracle cofounder and chairman Larry Ellison and Walmart CEO Doug McMillon,  reported.Trump spoke with Ellison and McMillon by phone on Friday, according to Bloomberg, as he's considering whether to sign off on a deal submitted by Oracle and TikTok parent ByteDance earlier this week and on the same day the US Commerce Department...

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Obama says RBG 'fought to the end, through her cancer, with unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals' and calls for the next president to fill her vacancy

Obama says RBG 'fought to the end, through her cancer, with unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals' and calls for the next president to fill her vacancy

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification."Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought to the end, through her cancer, with unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals. That's how we remember her," former President Barack Obama wrote in a Friday, honoring the late Supreme Court justice, who died earlier in the day."She was a warrior for gender equality — someone who believed that equal justice under law only had meaning if it applied to every single American," Obama wrote, praising her as both a "relentless...

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Federal officers stockpiled semi-automatic rifles and tried to obtain a controversial 'heat ray' ahead of tear-gassing protesters for Trump's photo-op, a whistleblower says

Federal officers stockpiled semi-automatic rifles and tried to obtain a controversial 'heat ray' ahead of tear-gassing protesters for Trump's photo-op, a whistleblower says

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.On June 1, federal law enforcement officers used tear gas, rubber pellets, and other aggressive tactics to remove protesters from Lafayette Square in Washington, DC, so President Donald Trump could have his photo taken in front of a church near the White House.Hours before that, officials were busy trying to stockpile semi-automatic rifles, thousands of rounds of munitions, and controversial crowd control technology, according to sworn testimony submitted to...

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Trump admits there's no 'legal path' for TikTok to pay the US government as part of a sale to an American company

Trump admits there's no 'legal path' for TikTok to pay the US government as part of a sale to an American company

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the US government is not allowed to accept money as part of a proposed deal between TikTok and an American buyer."Amazingly, I find that you're not allowed to do that, you're not allowed to accept money," Trump told reporters during a press conference. "If they're willing to make big payments to the government they're not allowed because there's no way of doing that, there's no legal path to doing that."Trump had...

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The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly working on an antitrust lawsuit that it could potentially bring against Facebook

The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly working on an antitrust lawsuit that it could potentially bring against Facebook

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Officials at the Federal Trade Commission have started building a potential legal case against Facebook as part of the agency's year-long antitrust investigation into the company,  reported Tuesday.The FTC has not yet made a decision on whether it will ultimately sue Facebook, according to The Wall Street Journal. Preparing legal arguments for a possible lawsuit is often part of investigations, but also signals that the agency may be nearing the end of its...

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Facebook whistleblower claims US politicians were artificially boosted by millions of fake followers and reactions during the 2018 elections

Facebook whistleblower claims US politicians were artificially boosted by millions of fake followers and reactions during the 2018 elections

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Former Facebook data scientist Sophie Zhang detailed multiple examples of the company's failures to effectively deal with political misinformation around the world in a blistering memo obtained by .One of Zhang's many revelations: the scale of inauthentic activity surrounding the 2018 US elections was greater than had ."We ended up removing 10.5 million fake reactions and fans from high-profile politicians in Brazil and the U.S. in the 2018 elections – major...

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Facebook wants to know how it's shaping the 2020 elections — researchers say it's looking too late and in the wrong places

Facebook wants to know how it's shaping the 2020 elections — researchers say it's looking too late and in the wrong places

Facebook was that Cambridge Analytica was misusing data illicitly harvested from millions of Americans in an attempt to sway the 2016 US elections.It didn't pull the plug on the firm's access to user data until March 2018 after turned the breach into a global scandal.More than two years later — and barely two months before the deadline for votes to cast their ballots in the 2020 elections — Facebook has decided it wants to know more about how it impacts democracy, announcing last week that it would partner with 17 researchers to on voters' attitudes and actions.But researchers outside of...

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