Mar 23, 2018

Elon Musk deletes Facebook accounts for Tesla, SpaceX

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Elon Musk appears to have deleted the Facebook accounts for his companies Tesla and SpaceX. This comes amidst cries to delete Facebook in response to Cambridge Analytica’s role in the misuse of data on Facebook of millions of Americans.

What happened: Elon Musk engaged on Twitter Friday morning in response to the calls to abandon the platform, saying “What’s Facebook?” and that he “didn’t realize” they had Facebook pages, CNN reports. He followed up with promises that he would take down the pages, per TechCrunch.

Big picture:

  • There may be more Facebook page deletions to come from other prominent businesses.
  • House leaders have formally invited Mark Zuckerberg to testify, as has the Senate Commerce Committee.

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Supreme Court to hear Philadelphia case over same-sex foster parents

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The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a high-profile case that could reshape the bounds of First Amendment protections for religion.

Why it matters: The direct question in this case is whether Philadelphia had the right to cancel a contract with an adoption agency that refused to place foster children with same-sex couples. It also poses bigger questions that could lead the court to overturn a key precedent and carve out new protections for religious organizations.

Why Apple may move to open iOS

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Apple may finally allow iPhone owners to set email or browsing apps other than Apple's own as their preferred defaults, according to a Bloomberg report from last week.

The big picture: Customers have long clamored for the ability to choose their preferred apps, and now Apple, like other big tech companies, finds itself under increased scrutiny over anything perceived as anticompetitive.