WhatsApp Extends ‘Confusing’ Update Deadline – WhatsApp has extended the deadline by which its two billion users must either accept its updated terms and conditions or stop using the service. [bbc]
Uganda: Keeping A Democratic Dream – And Bobi Wine – Alive Amid Clear Signs Of Museveni’s Electoral Fraud – The only certainty about Uganda’s presidential election this week is that it was not free and fair. If something was to happen to Bobi Wine the country could implode, wasting decades of Western investment in “stability” overnight. [mav]
Phil Spector, Music Producer Convicted Of Murder, Dies At 81 After Contracting COVID-19 – For all the hit songs he drove up the charts, for all the power and wealth he amassed, for all the admiration he drew as he rearranged the pop music landscape, there was a darkness deep in Phil Spector’s soul that would forever shadow his genius. [lat]
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell Brings Notes To White House That Suggest Calling For ‘Martial Law If Necessary’ – It comes after Mr Lindell tweeted, then deleted, calls for Donald Trump to impose martial law in the seven battleground states that delivered Joe Biden the presidency. [ind]
Terrifying Scope Of Capitol Attack Becoming Clearer As Washington Locks Down For Biden’s Inauguration – Federal authorities are piecing together a chilling picture of the January 6 insurrection that reveals major security and intelligence failures, underscores profound fissures in American society and hints at the political challenges ahead for President-elect Joe Biden, even as they race to ensure the safety of US leaders and next week’s inauguration. [cnn]
Trump Pardon Will ‘Cost 2 Million’ Giuliani Associate Told Ex-CIA Officer – Kiriakou, who was jailed for an identity leak of an operative involved in torture, said his pursuit of a Trump pardon came up in a meeting with Giuliani last year. [jpost]
Bumble IPO Filing Details $125m Cash Payout And Loan To Founder – Whitney Wolfe Herd’s financial arrangements made public as Blackstone-backed dating app readies listing. [ft]
Ivanka Trump Hit With The Cold, Hard Truth After Hyping Dad’s ‘Accomplishments’ – Critics reminded Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser of his administration’s many scandals, failings and controversies. [huff]
Mahatma Gandhi’s Killer Venerated As Hindu Nationalism Resurges In India – Nathuram Godse rehabilitated from traitor to patriot for many, as Gandhi’s vision of secular India eroded by ruling BJP [guardian]
Your Morning Cup Of Coffee Could Help Those In Need – We’re living through some tough times, so if you can work a little goodwill into your day, simply by drinking your favourite brew, why not do it? [here]
Pass Covid Test Or Stay Away, Top Private Schools Tell Pupils – Top private schools are insisting pupils produce negative Covid-19 test results before they return to class next month. [tlive]
Death Rates Double In Poor Areas – Statistics from Cape Town showing mortality rates of more than 5% in the poorest areas are likely to be replicated nationwide, public health experts said this week. [tlive]
Bruce Jack On The Devastating Human And Industry Cost Of Covid-19 – “The last 10 months have not been the cocktail- and cigar-fuelled haven I had planned, but rather a psychological assault course that has left all of us in this industry battered…and some of us already broken.” [buyer]
New Lawsuit Accuses Amazon Of E-Book Price Fixing – The suit alleges the e-commerce company works with publishers to stifle competition. [verge]
Already Shunned From Polite Society, Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner Face New Cold Post-Insurrection Reality – When Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner shared their decision to pick up and move their family to Washington from New York four years ago, multiple sources who know the couple said the idea was the White House years would allow easy entree to their ambitious next steps: Kushner would become a powerful player in global politics and Trump would become a shoo-in to a higher office of her own. [cnn]
Trump’s Twitter And Facebook Bans Are Working – According to research by Zignal Labs, which the Washington Post reported on Saturday, online misinformation about election fraud plunged 73 percent in the weeklong period following Twitter’s decision to ban Trump on January 8. [vox]
Virgin Orbit Test Flight Hits Low Earth Orbit—Billionaire Branson Joins Elon Musk’s SpaceX At Key Milestone – Billionaire Richard Branson’s small satellite launch business Virgin Orbit has successfully reached orbit, making Virgin one of just a handful of companies to have reached the critical milestone. [forbes]
Russell’s Performance Throws Spanner In The Works For New Hamilton F1 Contract – Mercedes is not commenting on reports about the status of Lewis Hamilton’s reportedly difficult negotiations over a new contract. [s24]
Ralph Lauren Drops Justin Thomas Following Homophobic Slur – On Friday evening, Ralph Lauren announced that they had ended their partnership with Justin Thomas after the latter uttered a homophobic slur at last week’s Tournament of Champions. [golf]
Is It Possible To Tell From A Photo If Someone Is Using Steroids? – When photos of a new, muscle-bound physique spark rumors, bodybuilding coaches and personal trainers say a few signs are more telling than any Instagram post. [vice]
Matt Damon Says He’s ‘Excited To Call Australia Home’ – As he becomes the latest Hollywood star to move Down Under after joining the cast of Thor: Love and Thunder. dm]
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