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August 21, 2020 GMT

TRUMP WANTS #SCOTUS OK TO BLOCK CRITICS ON @REALDONALDTRUMP

UNDATED (AP) — President Donald Trump is asking the Supreme Court to allow him to block critics from his personal Twitter account. The administration said in a high-court filing Thursday that Trump’s @realdonaldtrump account with more than 85 million followers is his personal property and blocking people from it is akin to elected officials who refuse to allow their opponents’ yard signs on their front lawns. The federal appeals court in New York ruled last year that Trump uses the account to make daily pronouncements and observations that are overwhelmingly official in nature. It held that Trump violated the First Amendment whenever he blocked a critic to silence a viewpoint.

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FACEBOOK STIRS ANGER, ABANDONS DRILLING GEAR ON OREGON COAST

TIERRA DEL MAR, Ore. (AP) — Facebook’s effort to build a landing site in a village on the Oregon coast for a fiber optic cable linking Asia and North America has run into serious trouble. First, a drill pipe snapped under the seabed. Workers left 1,100 feet of pipe, 6,500 gallons of drilling fluid, a drill tip and other materials under the seabed as they closed down the site, aiming to try again next year. And then the Facebook subsidiary waited seven weeks before telling state officials about the abandoned equipment, according to the Oregon Department of State Lands. Homeowners in Tierra del Mar, which has around 200 houses, are furious. Political leaders are too.

PROSECUTORS: FORMER UBER EXEC CHARGED IN HACKING COVER-UP

UNDATED (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged a former Uber executive on allegations that he arranged to pay hackers $100,000 to cover up a high-tech heist that stole the personal information about 57 million of the ride-hailing service’s users and drivers during 2016. Former Uber chief security officer Joseph Sullivan was charged Thursday. Two hackers pleaded guilty in the scheme last year and are awaiting sentencing. A spokesman for Sullivan says there is no merit to the charges. Prosecutors allege the hackers might not have infiltrated other companies if Sullivan had properly reported Uber’s incident.

APPEALS COURT GIVES REPRIEVE TO UBER, LYFT IN CALIFORNIA

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — An appeals court has allowed ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft to continue treating their drivers as independent contractors in a decision that will give the two companies a few more months to protect their business models in a key market. Both companies had threatened to shut down if a lower-court had gone into effect Friday morning, forcing them to treat all drivers as employees. a change that could have crippled them financially. At issue is a decision that could re-shape the so-called gig economy as drivers, delivery workers and others who work for popular apps on an as-needed basis seek better benefits that full-time employees typically enjoy.

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