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Trump will sign an executive order ‘pertaining to social media’ on Thursday, shortly after he accused Twitter of squashing free speech. Legal experts have expressed doubt that Trump has the legal authority to regulate social media companies in the way he has threatened, citing free speech protections.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responded to criticism after a dustup over adding fact-check labels to Trump’s tweets. Dorsey explained that the fact-checking links were meant to help users “connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves.”

SpaceX’s launch of NASA astronauts was scrubbed and rescheduled for Saturday because of poor weather, just 17 minutes before liftoff. Weather conditions, including thunderstorm clouds and a threat of lightning strikes, made the skies unsafe for liftoff, forcing NASA and SpaceX to delay the historic launch.

Arizona sued Google over claims it illegally collected location data from smartphone users even after they opted out. The lawsuit claims Google violated Arizona’s consumer fraud laws by tracking users’ locations even when they had disabled location tracking settings and demands Google repay any money it made as a result.

The US may be able to put a Huawei executive on trial after a Canadian court ruled she could be extradited, escalating tensions with China. Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, has lost a key aspect of the trial on her extradition to the United States.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has said the platform’s policing should be limited to preventing users from “imminent harm.” At a virtual shareholder meeting the social media giant’s founder said the platform continues to police hate speech that dehumanizes and incites violence, Deadline reported.

Google is facing antitrust scrutiny in India for unfairly promoting its Google Pay app over competitors. India’s antitrust body is said to be investigating whether Google abused its market position and unfairly promoted its mobile payments app.

  Amazon could use its possible acquisition of the self-driving car startup Zoox to make discounted robotaxi rides a perk for Prime subscribers, Morgan Stanley says (AMZN)

HBO Max’s lack of Roku and Amazon support casts a big shadow over its launch day. HBO Max launched on Wednesday, but isn’t available for Roku and Amazon, the two biggest streaming distribution platforms with a combined 70% market share.

Apple has bought machine learning startup Inductiv to improve data used in Siri. Inductiv, from Ontario, Canada, will work on machine learning and data science for Apple and is the latest in a string of AI acquisitions from the iPhone maker in recent years, Bloomberg reported. 

Drone firm Zipline has been given the green light to deliver medical supplies and PPE in North Carolina. The Federal Aviation Authority has granted two emergency waivers to the company which is the first time the agency has allowed beyond-line-of-sight drone deliveries in the US.

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