After special counsel Robert Mueller obtained a search warrant, Facebook handed over up to 3,000 Russia-linked ads that ran on Facebook during the 2016 presidential election. Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has called for Facebook to testify before Congress on Russia’s online interference; Schiff also called out President Donald Trump for his “juvenile” retweeting. Case in point: This weekend’s Hillary-gets-whacked-by-a-golf-ball retweet. [Kara Swisher / Recode]
Snapchat blocked access to news articles and videos from the Al Jazeera channel on its app in Saudi Arabia. Snap said it is following a request from the Saudi government; Al Jazeera calls the move an “attempt to silence freedom of expression.” The conflict is the latest example of a technology company being pinned in the crosshairs of geopolitics as it navigates censorship of content on its platforms. [Douglas MacMillan / The Wall Street Journal]
The chief security officer and chief information officer of Equifax have retired in the wake of last week’s disclosure of a massive data breach at the credit bureau that leaked the personal financial information on 143 million people. The Federal Trade Commission is investigating the exploit and how it was handled. [The New York Times]
SoftBank managing director Deep Nishar confirmed that the company is “absolutely” looking to invest as much as $10 billion in ride-hailing in the United States — but said it’s “not fair” to describe the Japanese conglomerate’s strategy as merely to “bet on every odd number on the roulette table.” Which means it could put its chips on either Uber or Lyft. Meanwhile, new Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is pushing hard to hire a CFO and top legal talent to help move the troubled company forward; the talent search is being conducted by Heidrick & Struggles, which also worked on the CEO search. [Tony Romm / Recode]
Rolling Stone founder and publisher Jann Wenner is putting the magazine up for sale, after a half-century reign that propelled him into the realm of rock stars, celebrities and world leaders. Wenner’s 27-year-old son, Gus, is overseeing the sales plans; in response to financial pressures, parent company Wenner Media recently sold Us Weekly and Men’s Journal, and last year it sold a 49 percent stake in Rolling Stone to a Singapore-based music technology company. [Sydney Ember / The New York Times]
What happens when tech leaders like Y Combinator’s Sam Altman believe our system is broken? They treat it like a startup. This deep dive — part of a series on the relationship between California and Donald Trump’s Washington — explores the political awakening of Silicon Valley. [Vauhini Vara / The California Sunday Magazine]
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They still drive horse-drawn buggies and continue to abstain from most kinds of technology. But computers and cellphones are making their way into some Amish communities, pushing them — sometimes willingly, often not — into the 21st century, perhaps threatening their cultural cohesiveness. [Kevin Granville and Ashley Gilbertson / The New York Times]
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