Drawing the line between hate speech and political opinion is going to be tricky.
Twitter has suspended several high-profile accounts associated with the alt-right movement for violating rules against abuse and harassment, taking another step into the uncomfortable (and possibly counterproductive) role of arbiter of acceptable speech. — [Jessica Guynn / USA Today]
Donald Trump’s promise to be more “restrained” on Twitter apparently won’t apply until after the inauguration — he fired off a fresh volley attacking the “failing” New York Times over reports of disarray on his transition team. Meanwhile, it looks like Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and other family members won’t be getting top-secret security clearance after all. — [Jill Disis / CNN]
Should Trump vs. the NYT ever turn into an actual lawsuit, it would not be a surprise to see Charles Harder representing the new president. He’s the lawyer who helped Hulk Hogan and Peter Thiel take down Gawker, and he’s much in demand these days. — [Jason Zengerle / GQ]
Tyler Shultz was the first Theranos insider to blow the whistle to regulators about inaccuracies in the company’s blood-testing equipment — a decision that opened a bitter rift in his family. Shultz is the grandson of George Shultz, the former secretary of state and a Theranos director. — [John Carreyrou / Wall Street Journal]
Apple plans to cut the share of App Store revenue it is paid by subscription video streaming apps from the current 30 percent to 15 percent, as long as the services integrate with the company’s new TV app. — [Lucas Shaw and Alex Webb / Bloomberg]
SpaceX is requesting government approval to operate a 4,425-satellite network that would provide high-speed, global internet coverage. The FCC filing did not include a timetable or cost estimate. — [Irene Klotz / Reuters]
On the latest episode of Recode Media with Peter Kafka, influential music industry pundit Bob Lefsetz says artists who have battled streaming platforms like Spotify need to accept and embrace the shift in the business. — [Eric Johnson / Recode]
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