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March 19, 2019

IN THE NEWS: CONGRESSMAN SUES TWITTER

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rep. Devin Nunes (NOO’-nehs) of California is suing Twitter and several of its users for more than $250 million. The lawmaker’s lawsuit accuses the social media site and some of its users of “knowingly hosting and monetizing content” that Nunes calls “clearly abusive, hateful and defamatory.” Along with Twitter, the defendants include two anonymous parody accounts, “Devin Nunes’ Mom” and “Devin Nunes’ Cow.” It’s unclear how far the lawsuit will get in the courts. Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act provides internet services with immunity from liability for material posted by their users.

IN THE NEWS: FACEBOOK AND LOCAL NEWS

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook’s effort to put together local news and information locations is running into difficulty. The reason? The social networking site says it’s scuffling because there isn’t enough news to support the arrangement. The service was launched last year — and is now available in 400 cities in the U.S. But Facebook says it has found that 40 percent of Americans live in places where there weren’t enough local news stories to support it.

ON THE WEB: SHOPKO STORES

CYBERSPACE (AP) — A Wisconsin-based retail chain is the latest retailer to fade away. Shopko Stores plans to close its remaining 120 department stores by mid-June. Shopko says it has been unable to find a buyer for its business — and will begin winding down its retail ops this week. Its website appears to be one casualty; this morning the home page said it was “currently unavailable.” The retailer, headquartered near Green Bay, filed for bankruptcy protection in January. Shopko began with a store in Green Bay in 1962.

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Shopko site: http://www.shopko.com

IN STORES: APPLE’S NEW iPADS

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is rolling out a new version of its iPad. The company says the new iPad Air is thinner — and slightly larger — than its current entry-level model. The new device will have a screen that measures 10.5 inches diagonally, compared with the standard 9.7-inch iPad. The new model cost $499, while the smaller size will sell for $329. Apple is also refreshing its 7.9-inch iPad Mini for the first time in more than three years. That model will cost $399.

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Apple site: http://www.apple.com

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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