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The Japanese investment firm SoftBank is behind some of the biggest deals in Silicon Valley. Photo: Shizuo Kambayashi / AP

"SoftBank was behind four of the five biggest venture capital deals globally in the third quarter of 2017, according to a new report by PwC and CB Insights," per Recode.

Why it matters: "The Japanese investment firm has been raising the stakes in Silicon Valley with its enormous infusions of cash."

Quantifying conference-call mentions ... "Amazon has replaced Google as the company others are most worried about: It's the new corporate boogeyman," by Recode's Rani Molla:

  • "Both have long elicited fear, admiration and inspiration as evidenced by the frequency with which both companies are cited on conference calls across industries."
  • "Amazon was mentioned 2,090 times this year on publicly available corporate conference calls ... up 11 percent from last year ... Google (or Alphabet) was mentioned in about 1,500 company conference calls, down 19 percent from 2016."

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Supreme Court declines to hear case on qualified immunity for police officers

The Supreme Court on March 5. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal for a lawsuit brought against Cleveland police officers that challenges the scope of qualified immunity, the legal doctrine which has been used to shield officers from lawsuits alleging excessive force, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The doctrine has been the subject of scrutiny from civil rights advocates. Eliminating qualified immunity was one of the key demands of demonstrators during nationwide protests in 2020 following the killing of George Floyd.

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Capitol review panel recommends more police, mobile fencing

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A panel appointed by Congress to review security measures at the Capitol is recommending several changes, including mobile fencing and a bigger Capitol police force, to safeguard the area after a riotous mob breached the building on Jan. 6.

Why it matters: Law enforcement officials have warned there could be new plots to attack the area and target lawmakers, including during a speech President Biden is expected to give to a joint session of Congress.