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Twitter shuts down spambots spreading pro-Saudi hashtags related to Khashoggi disappearance

Saudi leader Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is receiving some unexpected help from erectile dysfunction pill spammers. There’s been an intense online campaign playing out over Twitter in the past week to control the narrative surrounding the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. A combination of human influencers, automated political accounts, and spambots have been...CONTINUE READING
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Separating tech fact from the fiction around Jamal Khashoggi’s Apple Watch

Amid the news of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance and likely death in Turkey sits a technological mystery involving an Apple Watch. Thursday, the Washington Post reported that Turkish authorities had audio recordings that confirmed Khashoggi’s death inside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul. The Saudi government maintains its innocence, but the audio reportedly...CONTINUE READING
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Here’s why WWE fans are talking about the mysterious disappearance of a Saudi Arabian journalist

The mystery surrounding the disappearance of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi and reports of the Saudi government’s involvement with his possible murder has resulted in outrage, but it’s also had an impact on a group you may not have suspected: fans of WWE. As more is uncovered about Khashoggi’s disappearance, fans of the wrestling promotion...CONTINUE READING
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A Tesla competitor just got $1 billion boost from Saudi Arabia

A hotshot electric vehicle company in Silicon Valley just got a $1 billion investment from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. No, not Tesla. We’re talking about its eventual competitor, Lucid Motors, which is based right next door to Tesla’s Fremont headquarters in Newark, California.  SEE ALSO: Sorry Tesla, but the Lucid Air is way more...CONTINUE READING
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Elon Musk defends decision to announce plans to take Tesla private

Oh, Elon. The Tesla founder and CEO just released a statement defending his tweets last week announcing his consideration of taking the company private. It confirms that Saudi Arabia is providing the funding he’d like to use to take his company private. “Recently, after the Saudi fund bought almost 5 percent of Tesla stock through...CONTINUE READING
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Saudi Arabia might be interested in helping Tesla go private

Nearly a week after Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted his intention to take the company private, we still don’t know much about the funding for the endeavor — which Musk said was “secured.” And while the U.S. Securities and Exchange commission is reportedly looking into Musk’s claims, speculation is running wild. According to a Bloomberg...CONTINUE READING
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Saudi Arabia issues its first driver’s licenses to women

Saudi Arabia’s controversial ban on women drivers will lift on June 24, and 10 women have already picked their licenses up. According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), women holding kingdom-approved international licenses Monday started trading them in for national ones from the General Traffic Directorate (GDT). SEE ALSO: GIF project highlights women and minority...CONTINUE READING
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Saudi Arabia to open first cinema after those ‘Emoji Movie’ screenings

Saudi Arabia’s first permanent cinema is coming. Following the country’s recent lifting of a 35-year-old cinema ban, temporary local theatres popped up with showings of The Emoji Movie (of all films) in January. On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture and Information announced that U.S. chain AMC has won the country’s first cinema operating license....CONTINUE READING
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Massive solar power project will be 100 times larger than any in the world

The world’s biggest solar power project is coming to Saudi Arabia.  And it comes with a high price tag: around $200 billion. The venture, a partnership between Saudi Arabia and Japanese tech giant SoftBank, was revealed Tuesday, according to Bloomberg. SEE ALSO: Tesla’s bringing Powerwall batteries to 50,000 homes in Australia Expected to be completed...CONTINUE READING
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