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All These Extremely Powerful People May Want to Double Check They Weren’t Hacked by a Saudi Prince

In early 2018, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman took a sweeping tour of the U.S. as part of a strategy to rebrand Saudi Arabia’s ruling monarchy as a modernising force and pull off his “Vision 2030” plan – hobnobbing with a list of corporate execs and politicians that reads like a who’s who list of the U.S. elite. The trip was so heavily promoted by the Saudis that 200,000 copies of a suspiciously pro-prince magazine hit U.S. newsstands. Read More >>

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Uber CEO Says Murder of Journalist By Saudi Government Was ‘Mistake’ That Can Be Forgiven

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is facing harsh criticism after he defended the Saudi government, one of the largest investors in Uber, on a TV news show that aired Sunday night. Khosrowshahi was asked about the 2018 murder and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which the CIA believes was ordered by top Saudi officials. Khosrowshahi downplayed the murder, calling it a “mistake” and saying that even Uber makes mistakes. Read More >>

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Netflix CEO: We’re Not Trying to Do ‘Truth to Power’

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings defended the streamer’s decision earlier this year to censor an episode of “Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj,” during an interview at the New York Times DealBook Conference on Wednesday. The episode, which criticised Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Saudi investment in Silicon Valley, was pulled for users in Saudi Arabia after the Saudi government complained. Read More >>

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Former Twitter Employees Charged With Spying for Saudi Arabia

The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday announced charges against two former Twitter employees, accusing them of spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia, the Washington Post reports. Read More >>

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Drone Attack on Oil Facilities Shuts Down Half Of Saudi Arabia’s Oil Production

Saudi Arabia has shut down approximately half of its oil production capacity after “coordinated drone strikes on facilities in [its] Eastern Province” set blazes at the Hijra Khurais oil field and Abqaiq, the world’s largest oil stabilisation facility, the Wall Street Journal reported. Read More >>

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Just In Time For Its Big Initial Public Offering, Uber Loses £774 Million

Step right up, join the fun, the headline initial public offering of 2019 is about to take centre stage. Read More >>

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Report: Jeff Bezos Is Meeting With Prosecutors Over Allegations Saudis Hacked His Nudes

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is “scheduled to meet with federal prosecutors in New York as soon as this week” regarding allegations that the National Enquirer tabloid and its parent company, American Media Inc., engaged in extortion and blackmail with a stolen nude and other sexts from an adulterous relationship. Read More >>

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Report: Saudi Arabia Making Brisk Progress on Experimental Nuclear Reactor

A small, experimental nuclear reactor being constructed by Argentina’s state-backed nuclear company INVAP at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Riyadh has spurred renewed concerns about Saudi leadership’s intentions for the program, CNN reported on Sunday, even as its development zips along at a brisk pace. Read More >>

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Google Reportedly Won’t Remove Saudi Government App That Allows Men to Track Women

Despite outcry from human rights groups and politicians, Google will reportedly keep a controversial Saudi government app in its Google Play store, Business Insider reported Saturday. Among other functions, the app allows Saudi men to track and restrict the travel of women and dependents. Read More >>

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Apple, Google Both Hosting Saudi Government App That Lets Men Track Women, Restrict Their Travel

Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store both continue to host a Saudi government app, Absher, that allows men in the country to track their female relatives’ movements and restrict their travel. Read More >>

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Report: Citizen Lab Targeted in Botched Sting After Researching Israeli Firm’s Ties to Saudi Arabia

“International undercover operatives” have been hounding members of the internet watchdog Citizen Lab, whose researchers helped reveal that an Israeli cyber-intelligence firm named NSO Group may have played a role in dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder at the hands of state-employed goons, the Associated Press reported Friday. Read More >>

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Saudi Arabia Will Now Notify Women by Text If They’ve Been Divorced

Women in Saudi Arabia – who have long been subjected to a litany of misogynistic restrictions on their behaviour, including totalitarian male guardianship laws – will soon receive text messages to inform them of changes to their marital status as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s “reforms” of the country’s monarchic government, CNN reported on Sunday. Read More >>

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Legal Threat Looms Over Israeli Cyber Firm Accused of Helping Saudi Spies

Amnesty International said today that it had submitted a formal request to Israeli authorities two weeks ago asking that the export license of a Herzliya-based hacking firm be revoked over reported efforts to sell Saudi Arabia sophisticated surveillance software. Read More >>

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Google Pulls Out of Saudi Conference as the World Still Wonders What Happened to Jamal Khashoggi

Google has become the latest tech company to pull out of a high-profile conference in Saudi Arabia commonly referred to as Davos in the Desert. Google didn’t give a reason for the decision but other companies have pulled out while citing the 2 October disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, last seen at the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Read More >>

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Saudi Arabia Threatens Anyone Spreading ‘Fake News’ Online with 5 Years in Prison, Heavy Fines

Saudi Arabia is threatening to give 5-year prison terms and heavy fines to anyone caught spreading “fake news” online, a warning to those discussing the suspected murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The threat, published over the weekend in the Saudi Gazette, echoes one of President Trump’s favourite phrases to demean any journalism that he finds unfavourable to his regime. Read More >>