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Police detain 10 teenagers in India for playing banned video game



PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds banned in Gujarat to combat spread of ‘violent traits’

Police in the western Indian state of Gujarat detained 10 teenagers for breaking a newly announced ban on playing the online video game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) – the forerunner of global smash Fortnite.

The ban was announced last week by local authorities to combat what they called the spread of “violent traits” in kids playing the game.

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Elon Musk’s security clearance under review by the Pentagon over pot use



The SpaceX founder and Tesla chief executive smoked marijuana on a comedian’s podcast last September, a US official said

SpaceX chief executive and Tesla boss Elon Musk’s security clearance is being reviewed by the Pentagon after the billionaire smoked marijuana on a California comedian’s podcast last September, a US official said on Thursday.

An incident report was started by the Pentagon some time after the marijuana event, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The review was first reported by Bloomberg.

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Elon Musk could face contempt charge over ‘inaccurate’ Tesla tweet



SEC asks judge to act after car boss allegedly breached deal to pre-approve his messages

The US financial regulator has asked a judge to hold Tesla’s billionaire boss Elon Musk in contempt of court for tweeting misleading information in breach of a deal that saw him fined $20m for inaccurate tweets last year.

The Securities and Exchange Commission said Musk had “once again published inaccurate and material information about Tesla to his over 24 million Twitter followers”, according to court papers filed on Monday night.

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Elon Musk could face contempt charge over ‘inaccurate’ Tesla tweet



SEC asks judge to act after car boss allegedly breached deal to pre-approve his messages

The US financial regulator has asked a judge to hold Tesla’s billionaire boss, Elon Musk, in contempt of court for tweeting misleading information in breach of a deal that saw him fined $20m (£15.2m) for inaccurate tweets last year.

The Securities and Exchange Commission said Musk had “once again published inaccurate and material information about Tesla to his over 24 million Twitter followers”, according to court papers filed on Monday night.

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‘Outrageous abuse of privacy’: New York orders inquiry into Facebook data use



Order follows report that Facebook may access highly personal information including weight, blood pressure and ovulation status

New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, has ordered two state agencies to investigate a media report that Facebook may be accessing far more personal information than previously known from smartphone users, including health and other sensitive data.

The directive to New York’s department of state and department of financial services (DFS) came after the Wall Street Journal said testing showed that Facebook collected personal information from other apps on users’ smartphones within seconds of them entering it.

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Facebook may face multibillion-dollar US fine over privacy lapses – report



Company said to be negotiating settlement with FTC after revelations it inappropriately shared 87m users’ information

The US government and Facebook are negotiating a settlement over the company’s privacy lapses that could require the online social network to pay a multibillion-dollar fine, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

The newspaper said that the US Federal Trade Commission and Facebook had not agreed on an amount, citing two people it said were familiar with the matter. Facebook reported fourth-quarter revenue of $16.9bn and profit of $6.9bn.

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Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie to divorce



  • Couple announce divorce after a long trial separation
  • Bezos, world’s richest man, worth more than $160bn

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos have decided to divorce after a long trial separation, Bezos said on Wednesday in a joint statement by the couple on Twitter.

Related: Amazon and the homeless: a tale of two Long Island cities

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Google shifted $23bn to tax haven Bermuda in 2017, filing shows



Firm used Dutch shell company in move known as ‘double Irish, Dutch sandwich’ that cuts its foreign tax bill

Google moved 19.9bn euros ($22.7bn) through a Dutch shell company to Bermuda in 2017, as part of an arrangement that allows it to reduce its foreign tax bill, according to documents filed at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce.

The amount channelled through Google Netherlands Holdings BV was about 4bn euros more than in 2016, the documents, filed on 21 December, showed.

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