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Tech sector reevaluating donations to GOP candidates

- The Washington Times

Big Tech is rethinking its political advocacy moves under President Biden and the new Democrat-controlled Congress. Microsoft is deciding whether to suspend donations to Republicans that challenged the 2020 election’s outcome, after making the majority of its donations during the last election cycle to GOP candidates.

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Cars drive on an unlit street during a blackout in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021. Speculation has gripped social media in Iran that Bitcoin is to blame for a series of recent power blackouts across the country. The government launched a major crackdown on Bitcoin processing centers which use immense amounts of electricity and are a huge burden on the power grid. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iran, pressured by blackouts and pollution, targets Bitcoin

- Associated Press

Iran's capital and major cities plunged into darkness in recent weeks as rolling outages left millions without electricity for hours. Traffic lights died. Offices went dark. Online classes stopped.

Judge says Amazon won't have to restore Parler web service

- Associated Press

Amazon won't be forced to immediately restore web service to Parler after a federal judge ruled Thursday against a plea to reinstate the fast-growing social media app, which is favored by followers of former President Donald Trump.

Biden's climate steps could have big impact on energy firms

- Associated Press

President Joe Biden has put his team to work reviewing dozens of actions taken by former President Donald Trump, aiming to reverse orders that he says harm the environment or endanger public health.

Amazon offers assist with US COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Associated Press

Amazon is offering its colossal operations network and advanced technologies to assist President Joe Biden in his vow to get 100 million COVID-19 vaccinations to Americans in his first 100 days in office.

Marc Raibert, founder and chair of Boston Dynamics stands beside one of the company's Atlas robots during an interview and demonstration, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at their facilities in Waltham, Mass. The company engineered the robot to be able to dance in a fluid manner that is almost human. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

Behind those dancing robots, scientists had to bust a move

- Associated Press

The man who designed some of the world’s most advanced dynamic robots was on a daunting mission: programming his creations to dance to the beat with a mix of fluid, explosive and expressive motions that are almost human.

Woman accused of helping steal Pelosi laptop freed from jail

- Associated Press

A Pennsylvania woman facing charges that she helped steal a laptop from the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the attack on the U.S. Capitol will be released from jail, a federal judge decided Thursday.

This photo provided by Audi shows the Audi e-tron GT prototype, a fully electric sport sedan that promises equal parts speed and long-distance comfort. (Daniel Wollstein/Audi via AP)

Edmunds: Top automotive tech at CES 2021

- Associated Press

The atmosphere at the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show, held virtually for the first time due to the pandemic, struck a different tone than in years past. Without hordes of tech-hungry onlookers jockeying for position through packed convention center halls, automakers appeared more reserved in their proclamations for the future. Several high-profile exhibitors - such as Ford, Honda and Toyota - opted to sit out this year.

Trump's pardon blitz keeps ex-Google exec out of prison

- Associated Press

A long-running Silicon Valley soap opera took an unexpected twist on Wednesday after outgoing President Donald Trump pardoned a former Google engineer for stealing self-driving car secrets shortly before joining Uber.

Jack's back: Chinese e-tycoon ends silence with online video

- Associated Press

China’s highest-profile entrepreneur, Jack Ma, appeared Wednesday in an online video, ending a 2 1/2-month absence from public view that prompted speculation about the future of the e-commerce billionaire and his Alibaba Group.