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Elon Musk Beats Back Defamation Lawsuit Over Insulting Tweet

Elon Musk beat back a defamation claim from a British cave expert who sued the billionaire CEO over a tweet in which Musk labeled Vernon Unsworth a “pedo guy.” A federal jury in Los Angeles Friday took about an hour …

Twitter Blamed for Saudi Spy Hack of Activist Tied to Khashoggi

A Saudi dissident sued Twitter Inc. claiming its failure to tell him about a state-sponsored hack of his account led to government agents discovering his plans for a social media protest with Jamal Khashoggi a few months before the journalist …

To Live or Die by Google Search Brings an Escalating Cost

“Where’s the best place to hide a body? The second page of a Google search.” The gallows humor shows that people rarely look beyond the first few results of a search, but Lee Griffin isn’t laughing. In the 13 years …

Craigslist Founder, Facebook’s Ex-Security Chief Team Up Over 2020 Online Fears

SAN FRANCISCO — The project by Facebook Inc. former chief security officer Alex Stamos to battle online abuses has received $5 million from Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, the Stanford Internet Observatory said this week. Stamos, in an interview with Reuters, …

Blame it on Bieber: Iceland Canyon too Popular with Visitors

FJADRARGLJUFUR, Iceland — A large sign warns motorists that Iceland’s Fjadrargljufur canyon is closed to visitors but drivers keep on coming down the narrow gravel road. A ranger at a roadblock has to explain why no one can pass: The …

Tesla Skeptic Says Allegation He Menaced Workers Isn’t True

A California man who Tesla Inc. accused of spying on its lone auto plant and harassing employees said the electric automaker painted a “lurid picture” of him to try to silence his criticism. If so, it didn’t work. In a …

U.K. Joins Social Media Crackdown After Live-Streamed Attack

The United Kingdom joined a growing global backlash against technology companies such as Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc., proposing fines and bans if social-media platforms fail to curb illegal activity. The government outlined plans for an industry-funded regulator that would …

Tweets About the Weather Can Make Roads Safer During Storms

Go ahead, rant about the snow on Twitter. It can ease traffic on slippery, congested roads. That’s the crux of a University at Buffalo study which examined how weather-related tweets can be analyzed to bolster computer models that, among other …

Could Twitter’s Patent Philosophy Backfire?

Profits aren’t the only thing lacking at Twitter Inc. ahead of its planned initial public offering. It’s got a dearth of patents, too. The microblogging service said in its prospectus last week that it has nine issued U.S. patents. That …

Virginia Jury Rules for Twitter in Patent Lawsuit

A federal jury in Norfolk has ruled in favor of Twitter in a patent lawsuit. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the jury on Monday rejected northern Virginia patent attorney Dinesh Agarwal’s claim that Twitter used his patented technology to develop the …