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Big Tech crackdown efforts continue with more calls for Section 230 reform

As one front in a battle against big tech influence and power, more Democratic leaders are examining Section 230 of the Communications Decency act, and its role in protecting tech companies.New administration begins considering Section 230 changesThe previous administration sought to repeal Section 230 altogether, but was never able to get it done. Now, President Biden says he is open to debate on how to reform Section 230 rather than repeal it. Read more…

NASA's Mars helicopter reports in

Mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California have received the first status report from the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, which landed Feb. 18, 2021, at Jezero Crater attached to the belly of the agency’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover. The downlink, which arrived at 3:30 p.m. PST (6:30 p.m. EST) via a connection through the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, indicates that both the helicopter, which will remain attached to the rover for 30 to 60 days, and its base station (an electrical box on the rover that stores and routes communications between the rotorcraft and Earth) are operating as expected.

Morning Docket: 01.22.21

* Google is asking that an antitrust lawsuit filed against it be moved from Texas to California. Interesting, seems like Silicon Valley types keep moving from California to Texas… [Reuters]

* A group called Lawyers Defending American Democracy are calling for Rudy Giuliani to face professional discipline over his work for President Trump. [Hill]

VW chief 'not afraid' of 'Apple Car' entering the market

Apple’s entry into the electric vehicle market with the rumored “Apple Car” won’t be a problem for VW, its CEO claims, with the well-established car producer “not afraid” of what the Cupertino tech giant can bring to the auto industry.Apple has long been rumored to have a self-driving electric car in development, and recent reports claim Apple is looking to make it a reality by partnering with an existing car producer. In spite of Apple’s size and potential innovation it can introduce to the sector, VW chief executive Herbert Diess doesn’t believe Apple will pose a risk to the car producer.”The car industry is not a typical tech-sector that you could take over at a single stroke,” Deiss told Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagzeitung in an interview picked up by Reuters. “Apple will not manage that overnight.” Read more…