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Even as President Joe Biden was sworn in, conspiracy theories continued to fly on social media.

Four of the five most popular tweets about the inauguration promoted conspiracies about COVID-19 and/or the election in the days leading up to the ceremony. The findings highlight just how difficult moderation will be in the coming years as social media companies face increased scrutiny, reports Francesca Billington.

Amazon offers to help U.S. with vaccine distribution in letter to Biden.

Biden takes over POTUS Twitter account.

In a hidden message on White House website, Biden calls for coders.

TikTok's new Q&A feature lets creators respond to fan questions using text or video.

Google asks U.S. judge to move states' antitrust lawsuit to California.

Meanwhile, it's investigating the actions of another top AI ethicist.

SpaceX delivers 60 more Starlink satellites in first launch of 2021.

Rocket Lab completes its first rocket launch of 2021 and 18th mission overall.

California plaintiffs sue Tencent alleging its WeChat app is censoring, surveilling them.

Peter Thiel got Trump to pardon an Uber engineer sentenced to prison.

Even as Social Sites Crack Down, Misinformation Spreads

Despite a crackdown on social media content that calls for violence, posts about conspiracy theories continue to proliferate on both fringe alt-right sites and mainstream platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Read more>>

Univision's PrendeTV Pushes Into Spanish-Language Streaming 

The free Spanish-language streaming service is expected to launch this quarter, and with so many new entrants into the space, it will face tough competition. Read more>>

How Westlake Village BioPartners Aims to Catalyze Biotech in LA

Founding Partner Sean Harper talks with the L.A.Venture podcast about technologies like robotics that are improving biology and translating into new therapies. Read more and listen here>>

Nominate Companies for Our Next Virtual Pitch Showcase

We are thrilled to announce the next virtual pitch showcase, which will be broadcast live at 11:00 a.m. PT on Thursday, February 4th. We're looking for Southern California startups in any industry founded by entrepreneurs of color and/or women, or by entrepreneurs from low-income or underrepresented communities. Submissions are now open for company nominations to present at the live event. Submissions will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Please contact annie@dot.LA with any questions.

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