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4 min.
trump preparing order targeting social media protections

President Donald Trump is preparing to sign an executive order Thursday aimed at curbing liability protections for social media companies, two days after he lashed out at Twitter for applying fact checks to two of his tweets. Trump had threatened social media companies with new regulation or even shuttering, lambasting the new policy he believed interfered with his political messaging. But he alone can’t do that. His proposed order would direct executive branch agencies including the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission to study whether they can place new rules on the companies — though experts expressed doubts much could be done without an act of Congress. A similar executive order was previously considered by the administration but shelved over concerns it couldn’t pass legal muster and that it violated conservative principles…

1 min.
white house won’t issue economic projections this summer

The White House will not release its official midyear economic update this summer, declining to put its stamp on data documenting the plunge into recession during the coronavirus pandemic and avoiding going on record with a prediction about the economy’s future. Updated information about the budget picture will come out as planned, a senior Trump administration official said Thursday. A significant decline in tax receipts as well as outlays from almost $3 trillion in coronavirusrelated aid bills are sure to produce a multitrillion-dollar government deficit for the budget year ending Sept. 30. But the White House maintains that the underlying economic data would be too uncertain to convey a meaningful picture about the recovery, according to the official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly before an official announcement and spoke…

2 min.
arizona sues google over ‘deceptive’ location tracking

Google kept tabs on the whereabouts of its users even if they had turned off location tracking, an Arizona official alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The suit filed by Attorney General Mark Brnovich stemmed from an investigation that began after The Associated Press reported on Google’s location tracking in 2018. The suit alleges Google violated the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act and it seeks to claw back profits from the tracking. “Every company has a responsibility to be truthful to consumers,” Brnovich said. “You cant deceive them, you can’t make misrepresentations.” A Google spokesman said Brnovich and the “contingency fee lawyers” who brought the case have mischaracterized the company’s services. “We have always built privacy features into our products and provided robust controls for location data,” the spokesman, Jose Castaneda, said in an email. “We…

1 min.
microsoft to build new software hub in northern virginia

Tech giant Microsoft plans to start a new software development hub in northern Virginia that state officials say while create 1,500 new jobs. Gov. Ralph Northam’s office announced Wednesday that Microsoft plans to spend $64 million on the new hub, which will be located in Reston Town Center in Fairfax County. The new space will also have retail space for customers to visit and is expected to start housing employees next summer. Microsoft will be eligible for a $22.5 million grant from the state, subject to approval by the General Assembly. Construction of Amazon’s new Virginia headquarters is currently underway. That project is expected to bring in anywhere from 25,000 to 38,000 workers to northern Virginia.…

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cvs health tests self-driving vehicle prescription delivery

CVS Health will try delivering prescriptions with self-driving vehicles in a test that begins next month. The drugstore chain said Thursday that it will partner with the Silicon Valley robotics company Nuro to deliver medicines and other products to customers near a Houston-area store. A CVS spokesman said the prescriptions will routinely be delivered within an hour of being ordered. Customers will have to confirm their identity in order to unlock their delivery after the vehicle arrives. Nuro has previously started partnerships to test the delivery of pizzas for Domino’s or groceries for Kroger, also in the Houston area. This is the company’s first venture into health care. Drugstores like CVS and rival Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. have been expanding home and office delivery services for a few years now to polish their reputations…

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patrons under plastic: restaurants get creative in virus era

Dining at a table where each person is enclosed by a clear plastic shield might look and sound futuristic, but it could be one way for some restaurants to reopen. It also might help out if your companion orders escargots, heavy on the garlic. The prototype plastic shields are known as the “Plex’eat,” and they resemble big clear lampshades suspended from the ceiling. They are being showcased temporarily at H.A.N.D., a Parisian restaurant seeking a way to reopen its dining room as coronavirus restrictions are relaxed. As restaurateurs around the world seek to resume in-person dining amid the pandemic, they want to adhere to social distancing rules while also trying to serve as many customers as health and safety measures will allow. Some are putting mannequins at every other table to put some…