On topic: Tech news to know now

Here’s what’s on the Tuesday menu.

Russian Twitter support for Donald Trump began right after he started campaign, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis. (WSJ)

Conspiracy theories that sought to tie Texas shooter to “antifa” movement were enabled by Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube. (USA Today)

Mark Zuckerberg has publicly stated that Facebook is cooperating with election officials, so FEC commissioner sends him a letter asking the company to “start at home,” because apparently Facebook has so far not responded to the election commission’s request for the company’s participation in helping inform rule-making around election ads. (Twitter)

Russian news outlet Federal News Agency has accused Google of political censorship because its stories no longer show in Google News’ search results. (Hollywood Reporter)

Lyft COO Rex Tibbens steps down ahead of ride-hailing company’s expected IPO next year. It’s unclear why; search underway for new COO. (Axios)

Tesla’s director of battery engineering leaves to start his own company. (Reuters)

Writer details YouTube’s extensive network of low-quality videos aimed at young kids, accuses company of “infrastructural violence” against children. (Medium)

Porn stars aren’t sweating Twitter’s ban on porn (the company updated guidelines last week) because they still expect things to be business as usual. (Daily Beast)

ICYMI: Google and Salesforce strike cloud deal. (WSJ)

Tesla investor Tencent has reportedly developed its own self-driving technology. (Bloomberg)

Will.i.am’s startup raises $117 million, enters enterprise market with a voice assistant. Investors include Salesforce Ventures. (Reuters)

Hyperloop One co-founder and VC Shervin Pishevar sues a Republican opposition firm for alleging that he’s “an agent of the Russian government.” (Recode)


Photo: Lyft’s signature mustache. (Courtesy of Lyft)


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