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Book: Sheryl Sandberg Helped Kavanaugh Accuser

The upcoming book on Brett Kavanaugh from Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly has more to offer than smears and fake news traps for the New York Times — it also reveals that Silicon Valley elites including Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg aided Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford.

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Facebook Lets Advertisers Write Their Own Headlines on News Stories

A report by the CBC reveals that Facebook advertisers are able to write their own headlines when sharing news stories, given many users the impression that the advertiser’s headline is part of the original piece. Facebook says it is adding “additional safeguards” to the advertising tool.

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Apple Update Informs Users When Facebook Is Snooping

Apple’s latest update for iPhones and other mobile devices, iOS 13, includes privacy-related changes to its operating system, which help to expose how Facebook has been tracking and profiling its users using Bluetooth, among other mobile technologies.

Facebook profit slumps on set-aside for big US fine

Texas AG Ken Paxton: $170 Million FTC Fine Was ‘Pocket Change’ for Google

Ken Paxton, the Attorney General of Texas, told SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight this week that Google is largely unaffected by the recent $170 million fine they received from the Federal Trade Commission over charges that they illegally collected and shared data from children on YouTube. According to Paxton, “The FTC fine was pocket change for part of the day for Google.”

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Uber to Defy California Law that Could Classify Drivers as Employees

Uber struck a defiant note Wednesday, saying that it won’t reclassify drivers as employees despite a California law expected to take effect in January that would dramatically change the status of gig workers in the state. According to the company, drivers fall “outside the usual course of Uber’s business.”

Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi, pictured in 2016

Elon Musk Deposed in Tesla Lawsuit over SolarCity Merger

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been deposed in a class-action lawsuit relating to Tesla Inc’s $2.6 billion acquisition of SolarCity in 2016. As part of the deposition, Musk claimed he could not be recused from discussions about acquiring SolarCity, which he was both chairman and the largest shareholder of, because “I needed to voice my opinion, obviously.”

Elon Musk,CEO of Tesla

Report: FTC Opens Antitrust Probe on Amazon

A group of FTC investigators has reportedly begun interviewing small businesses that sell products on Amazon to determine if the e-commerce giant is purposefully manipulating its market to hurt competitors, according to Bloomberg.

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