Charges for (briefly) deactivating Trump’s Twitter account?
It’s a possibility for a former Twitter employee who deactivated President Donald Trump’s Twitter account on Thursday on their last day of working for the company.
While the deactivation only lasted 11 minutes, experts say the former employee could be charged under the U.S. government’s Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which gives the government the ability to pursue charges if a person has accessed a computer without being authorized to do so or going beyond their authorized use.
The CFAA has been controversial, but as The Washington Post points out, experts say the government could pursue it “if only to deter future cases.”
Broadcom makes an offer to buy Qualcomm
Semiconductor company Broadcom made a $105 billion unsolicited bid to buy competitor Qualcomm on Monday morning.
A potential deal between the two companies would shake up the chipmaker industry. Broadcom, which has supplied companies such as Apple, is looking to take more of the industry’s share.
The news is also interesting because Qualcomm and Apple have been in a tough legal battle recently, with a potential sale possibly changing that situation.
According to Apple, it had a big weekend in iPhone X sales
The company’s 10th anniversary iPhone was released Friday, and Apple reports the device sold out in some of the country’s largest cities, including New York, Boston, Chicago Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin. At Apple’s flagship store in San Fransisco, lines reportedly reached about 500 deep a half an hour before the store opened.
Apple had been expected to see sell-outs of its new iPhone because the company reportedly had a tough time getting the product ready for widespread manufacturing. Still, its strong sales weekend indicates that many customers are willing to pay the $999 cost of the iPhone X, which includes features such as an edge-to-edge screen and the ability to unlock the phone with facial recognition.
Sprint and T-Mobile deal falls through
Japanese Telecommunications firm SoftBank Group had plans to merge Sprint with T-Mobile, but the blockbuster deal fell through after SoftBank and T-Mobile executives could not agree on which entities would control each part of the combined company.
Investors were hoping that a successful merger would put pressure on companies such as AT&T while cooling the price wars that have happened between phone companies. But with the deal ended, price competition is expected to continue.
In case you missed it: RideAustin driver accused of rape continued to drive for second ride-hailing company in Austin
A former driver with ride-hailing nonprofit RideAustin who is accused of raping a passenger in June continued to drive for a different ride-hailing company for about two months after the alleged incident.
The man, named Osmani Limonta Diaz, was an active driver for ride-hailing company Lyft for about four months after the alleged rape, and he continued to drive for the company until early August, according to Lyft.
The incident demonstrates safety issues some see present in the ride-hailing industry. Read more about our coverage of this incident here.
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