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Meng Wanzhou: Huawei CFO seeks halt to extradition after Trump comments



Lawyers fighting executive’s deportation from Canada to US say president’s comments prove case is politically motivated

Huawei’s chief financial officer intends to seek a stay on extradition proceedings, in part based on statements by Donald Trump about the case that her lawyers say disqualifies the United States from pursuing the matter in Canada.

Meng Wanzhou, 47, who faces charges related to Iran sanctions violations, was appearing at a Vancouver courthouse on Wednesday to set a timetable for her upcoming extradition hearing.

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Airbnb reverses decision to remove Israeli West Bank homes from website



The company decided to list the Jewish settler homes to settle a lawsuit from Israeli lawyers on behalf of property hostsThe US home-sharing company Airbnb has announced it will continue to list Jewish settler homes in the occupied West Bank, in a reve…

Airbnb reverses decision to remove Israeli West Bank homes from website



The company decided to list the Jewish settler homes to settle a lawsuit from Israeli lawyers on behalf of property hostsThe US home-sharing company Airbnb has announced it will continue to list Jewish settler homes in the occupied West Bank, in a reve…

Tesla: production slows amid rocky start to the new year



Disappointing production figures come amid more uncertainty for a company that seems to be caught in an endless cycle of turmoil

Electric carmaker Tesla’s output slowed down during a rocky start to the new year, a development that will likely magnify nagging doubts about whether the electric car pioneer will be able to make the mass-market leap.

The Palo Alto, California, company churned out 77,100 vehicles from January to March, well behind the pace it must sustain to fulfill the CEO Elon Musk’s pledge to manufacture 500,000 cars annually.

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Saudis hacked Amazon chief Jeff Bezos’s phone, says company’s security adviser



Chief executive allegedly targeted because he owns Washington Post, where Jamal Khashoggi was columnist

The security chief for Jeff Bezos, chief executive of Amazon, says the Saudi government had access to Bezos’s phone and gained private information from it.

Gavin de Becker, Bezos’s longtime security consultant, said he had concluded his investigation into the publication in January of leaked text messages between Bezos and Lauren Sánchez, a former television anchor whom the US National Enquirer tabloid newspaper said Bezos was dating.

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Facebook: two top executives to leave company



Chief product officer Chris Cox, who helped create news feed feature, and Chris Daniels, who heads WhatsApp, to depart

Two of Facebook’s top executives are leaving the company, it says. Facebook’s chief product officer, Chris Cox, and Chris Daniels, who heads the messaging app WhatsApp, are departing. It isn’t clear what future plans the executives have.

Related: Did you make it through the Facebook outage without calling the police?

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Facebook platforms suffer outages in Americas and Europe



Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger have all been encountering problems on Wednesday

Facebook has been suffering from outages across the world since around 12pm ET Wednesday.

All four of the company’s main applications – Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger – were encountering problems, according to Downdetector.com. The outages appeared to be concentrated in the Americas and Europe.

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Google paid former executive $35m after sexual assault allegation



Former search executive Amit Singhal was reportedly forced to resign after an employee claimed he groped her at an off-campus eventGoogle paid the former search executive Amit Singhal $35m in an exit package when he was reportedly forced to resign afte…

Backpack Kid: teen behind ‘flossing’ dance craze to sue Fortnite creators



Russell Horning is credited with making the dance move a global phenomenon in 2016

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Russell Horning, aka the Backpack Kid, against a video game company, alleging they breached his copyright for including his signature dance move “flossing” in their wildly popular game Fortnite.

Horning, 16, is credited with popularising “The Floss”, and became famous when he did the dance on Saturday Night Live during a performance by Katy Perry in 2016.

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Facebook admits failings over incitement to violence in Myanmar



Report finds platform was used to spread hate and cause harm, and that posts have been linked to offline violence

Facebook has admitted it did not do enough to prevent the incitement of violence and hate speech in Myanmar, after a report it commissioned concluded that it had become a platform for harmful and racially-inflammatory content.

The report by San Francisco-based nonprofit Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) found that, in Myanmar, “Facebook has become a means for those seeking to spread hate and cause harm, and posts have been linked to offline violence.”

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