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Elon Musk blasted by crypto exchange founder for 'counterproductive' Bitcoin suspension

The Tesla CEO announced on Wednesday the company would temporarily be suspending payments of Bitcoin over fears about its environmental impact. Nick Spanos, founder of the Bitcoin Center NYC in 2013, has challenged Mr Musk’s decision to suspend the payments.
Mr Spanos said Mr Musk’s suspension of bitcoin payments is “counterproductive”.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “I challenge Elon that if Bitcoin is too dirty for him to accept as payment for his electric vehicles, then it should also be too dirty to ‘hold’ for profits based on everyone else using it.

“At least Climate Czar John Kerry divested from his millions in the oil industry before taking his position of virtue.

“Curiously, Elon wants to deny green-conscious consumers the ability to trade their supposedly dirty coin for a clean car.

“That seems counterproductive.”

READ MORE: Bitcoin future ‘unclear’ as Elon Musk turns his back

The founder of the Bitcoin Center and prominent crypto investors then supported Bitcoin’s energy consumption.

He told Express.co.uk: “A huge component of Bitcoin’s power consumption is sustainable due to the reactivation and construction of new hydroelectric sources.”

On Wednesday, Mr Musk announced Tesla would be suspending Bitcoin payments for the company’s vehicles over fears about its environmental impact.

He said, in a statement, Tesla was also potentially interested in accepting payments in cryptocurrencies with less than one percent of Bitcoin’s energy footprint.

Mr Musk added: “We are concerned about rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels for Bitcoin mining and transactions, especially coal, which has the worst emissions of any fuel.

“Cryptocurrency is a good idea on many levels and we believe it has a promising future, but this cannot come at great cost to the environment.”

The price of Bitcoin fell as much as 15 percent following Tesla’s decision to stop accepting the token.

According to crypto site Coindesk, the value of Bitcoin fell from $ 54,602.77 (£38,838.30) at 11pm to $ 52,466.99 (£37,319.15) just 15 minutes after Mr Musk’s tweet.

As of publishing, the value of Bitcoin has hit $ 50,034.05 (£35484.90).

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It followed an index compiled by Digiconomist, which publishes estimates of the token’s climate impact, showing Bitcoin consumes around 115 Twh per year.

A study by the research platform claimed the Bitcoin network could consume as much energy as all data centres globally, with an associated carbon footprint matching London’s footprint size.

Mr Musk has been a vocal supporter of Dogecoin and other digital currencies, which have surged in value over the last year.

Dogecoin in particular rose by a staggering 12,000 percent from January to May 5.

Technology company TRG Datacenters also holds Dogecoin consumes 0.12 Kilowatt-hour or KWh per transaction, meaning it meets Mr Musk’s desire for a more efficient cryptocurrency.

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Boom Bust asks when the former president be allowed back on facebook

Facebook’s oversight board on Wednesday upheld the social platform’s ban of former US president Donald Trump but said the company was wrong to make the suspension indefinite.

They gave Facebook six months to determine a “proportionate response.”

While the board said the term ‘indefinite’ was inappropriate because it violated Facebook’s own publishing guidelines, the company didn’t give a clear timeline of when his suspension might be lifted, RT’s Boom Bust co-host Ben Swann explains.

“The board says, ‘You can keep him suspended right now but you have to make a ruling on how long it will be’ – is it a temporary suspension, then for how long, if not, then it’s a permanent suspension, which means you’re gone forever.” 

Swann continues: “I have a suspicion here that what you’re not going to see is Trump being allowed to return before the 2022 midterm elections. I think it’s very unlikely they would allow him back before that, but in the event they do, it would have to be sometime relatively soon cause you’re not going to say ‘three and a half years’… How long is it actually going to be? We just don’t know.”

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Man Utd team news: Expected 4-2-3-1 vs Roma with three stars back from European suspension

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Attack – Pogba, Rashford, Cavani

Paul Pogba has thrived when played out wide and given more attacking freedom in recent weeks and that is set to continue.

Solskjaer has confirmed that Marcus Rashford is available for selection, saying: “We’ve managed Marcus and we’ve had to manage him quite a while actually. Last year with his back, then he had his shoulder, which he’s recovered really well from, and I feel he’s gone through the worst of this foot.

“He almost played a full game against Leeds and he’s available for selection for tomorrow. He’s happy with the progress he’s made.”

With Anthony Martial out injured, Edinson Cavani is expected to lead the line.

Expected Man Utd XI to play Roma – De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Bailly, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Pogba, Fernandes, Rashford; Cavani

Saliba hit with one-month suspension by French FA for role in X-rated video

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William Saliba has reportedly been slapped with a one-month suspended ban by the French FA after an X-rated video he was involved in went viral earlier this year.

The 20-year-old centre-back is currently on loan at Ligue 1 team Nice from Arsenal until the end of the season after he failed to break into the first-team at the Emirates.

He has largely impressed back in his native France, making 15 league appearances and becoming an important part of the side.

But there was controversy when a video, which is believed to be around three years old, surfaced showing Saliba filming himself in a youth team locker room while another player was sat masturbating.

William Saliba has impressed in his loan spell at Nice (Image: CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU/AFP via Getty Images)

The French Football Federation have investigated the video, and deemed it ‘harmful to the image of the federation and of football as a whole.’

And according to RMC Sport Saliba has been handed his punishment – but will not be prevented from playing any games due to the fact it is a suspended sentence.

It is also believed he has been warned about his conduct, and his sanction will come into effect from Monday April 26.

Saliba’s future is unclear, with the player’s loan spell due to finish at the end of next month.

Much will depend on whether Gunners manager Mikel Arteta believes he is now ready for first-team action, with Saliba still yet to make his senior debut for the North Londoners.

Speaking back in February Saliba appeared far from impressed with the way his situation was dealt with by Arteta.

He said: “He [Arteta] judged me on two and a half matches. I would have liked for him to play me more. But he told me I wasn’t ready.

Saliba will be hoping he will be given a chance by Arsenal when he returns (Image: Getty Images)

“I was waiting for him to give me a chance, but football is like that. When I initially came to Arsenal the league looked very good, so I showed up to training and wanted to train on my own to show the coach I was ready.

“I am happy now. I want to play for Nice. The idea when you’re part of a team is a better feeling for me.”

British Airways extends suspension of short-haul Gatwick flights – cancellation updates

British Airways[1] (BA) made the decision to suspend some operations out of Gatwick Airport[2] due to a major drop in foot traffic amid the coronavirus travel[3] restrictions. The airline has since confirmed that it will continue the pause of short-haul services from the airport until the end of October.
During this time, the majority of its short-haul services which would normally operate out of Gatwick will instead depart from Heathrow.

However, it will continue to operate some long-haul flights from Gatwick, as well as a domestic service to Glasgow.

In a statement, the airline explained: “Until the end of October, most of our short-haul flights will continue to operate from Heathrow.

“This enables us to ensure a smooth, uninterrupted, and efficient operation across our business at a time when demand is yet to return and international travel restrictions remain in place.

READ MORE: Cabin crew secrets: Why you should never lean against plane windows[4]

A BA spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “All affected customers will be contacted and offered a refund.”

In a statement, the travel provider added: “If we cannot fulfil a holiday, we’re committed to ensuring customers receive a full refund within 14 days.

“Customers who are unable to travel, or choose not to, can continue to change their holiday without a change fee, or request a voucher for future use.”

Amid the ongoing uncertainty of travel restrictions, BA has introduced a “Protection Promise” which aims to provide customers with more “flexibility”.

“Our book with confidence commitment means you have the option to change your booking date and destination or even cancel it completely,” explains the airline’s website.

For bookings made on or after March 3, 2020, for journeys that are due to have been completed by April 30, 2022, customers have the option to change their booking or cancel their booking in exchange for a voucher for future travel.

In a boost for holidays, the airline has also recently unveiled its April flight and holiday sale.

The impressive deals could see passengers snapping up return flights to the US from £329.

Return flights are on offer to New York from £329, meanwhile Miami flights start at £339.

Flights to San Francisco and Los Angeles are also on sale from £348.

Deals also span Antigua, St Lucia, Tel Aviv and Dubai.

The airline is also boasting an array of package deals, including flights and hotels from as little as £199 per person.

Popular European hotspots including Malaga, Faro and Majorca are up for grabs.

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  4. ^ Cabin crew secrets: Why you should never lean against plane windows (www.express.co.uk)

Hillicon Valley: DHS chief lays out actions to boost cybersecurity after major hacks

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro MayorkasGOP lawmakers ask Mayorkas for documents on warnings from DHS to Biden on immigration Officials say executive order with ‘a dozen’ actions forthcoming after SolarWinds, Microsoft breaches UK considering ‘extreme’ measures to deal with asylum seekers; pay attention — Biden may follow suit MORE[6][7][8][9][10][5] on Wednesday laid out a roadmap for federal cybersecurity while teasing an upcoming cyber executive order. Facebook enforced its indefinite suspension on former President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden seeks expanded government, tax hikes Georgia voter limits take root amid weakened Justice Department Battle rages over vaccine passports MORE[12][13][14][15][16][11] by removing a video posted by Lara TrumpLara TrumpLara Trump now official Fox News contributor Lara Trump ‘absolutely’ considering Senate run The two women who could ‘cancel’ Trump MORE[18][19][20][21][22][17] of a sit down interview with the former president. President BidenJoe BidenThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden seeks expanded government, tax hikes Five things to watch on Biden infrastructure plan GOP seeks new line of attack on Biden economic plans MORE[24][25][26][27][28][23] proposed billions in funding to boost research and development of emerging technologies, and Republicans pushed back on the idea of so-called vaccine passports.

DHS DRILLS DOWN ON CYBER: Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Wednesday issued a “call for action” to confront mounting cybersecurity threats to the federal government, laying out a plan to combat hacking efforts following two major foreign cyberattacks.

Mayorkas warned during a virtual speech hosted by RSA that “cyber threats are coming dangerously close to threatening our lives” and detailed plans for focusing on issues including debilitating ransomware attacks, bolstering the cyber workforce and securing critical infrastructure against attacks.

“The government does not have the capacity to achieve our nation’s cyber resilience alone,” Mayorkas said. “So much of our critical infrastructure is in the private sector’s hands. We need to work with the private sector to protect the interests of the American people and the services on which we rely.”

Mayorkas’s comments come as the federal government continues to respond to two major cyber espionage incidents carried out by foreign entities that were discovered over the past three months, and as the Biden administration works to roll out an executive order to strengthen federal cybersecurity after both incidents.

The secretary said Wednesday that the order would include “nearly a dozen actions” and that “more details would be shared soon.”

Read more about Mayorkas’s remarks here. [29]

REMOVING TRUMP: Facebook removed a video of an interview between former President Trump and his daughter-in-law Lara Trump based on the platform’s indefinite suspension of the former president, a company spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.

Lara Trump Tuesday night posted a screenshot of an email that appears to notify her that the video had been removed in line with the platform’s current suspension of the former president. Her post also included a screenshot of an email with an earlier time stamp that seemingly warned her that video of the interview would be removed if posted.

A Facebook source verified the email posted by Lara Trump was authentic.

The email also warns Lara Trump that posting similar content could lead to more limitations on the account.

“In line with the block we placed on Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, further content posted in the voice of Donald Trump will be removed and result in additional limitations on the accounts,” the email said.

Facebook suspended the former president shortly after the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6. The decision on whether to permanently ban or reinstate him is in the hands of Facebook’s Oversight Board which has yet to make a final decision.

Read more about the removal[30].

PASSPORT PUSHBACK: Republicans are up in arms over the possibility that businesses and local governments may require vaccine passports for people to get access to certain activities, buildings or events.

The pushback comes after New York last week launched its virtual Excelsior Pass, created in partnership with IBM, that allows people to show if they have been vaccinated by flashing a QR code to get into events where proof is required.

Other governors, including Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D), signaled they may launch similar programs soon, and IBM said it is in talks with federal officials and just about every state.

But Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden seeks expanded government, tax hikes Battle rages over vaccine passports Marjorie Taylor Greene blasts COVID-19 vaccine passports: ‘Biden’s mark of the beast’ MORE[32][33][34][35][36][31] (R) has urged his state’s GOP-controlled legislature to pass a law forbidding passes showing proof of coronavirus vaccination, while vowing to take executive action. Congressional Republicans have similarly slammed the passports, framing them as invasive.

The Biden administration has said it will provide guidance on the matter, but signaled the decisions will largely be left up to local governments and business owners.

“We’re going to provide guidance, just as we have through the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention],” White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiFive things to watch on Biden infrastructure plan Battle rages over vaccine passports Biden to unveil trillion infrastructure proposal MORE[38][39][40][41][42][37] said Monday. “There’s currently an interagency process that is looking at many of the questions around vaccine verification.”

Read more here.[43]

BIDEN EYES R&D: President Biden’s newly unveiled infrastructure proposal includes billions of dollars in proposed funding to invest in “technologies of the future,” with a particular focus on ensuring the U.S. can compete on the global stage against countries such as China.

The proposed investment package, which totals[44] around $ 2.25 trillion, proposes that over $ 180 billion be set aside for enhancing research and development of new and emerging technologies, along with addressing racial and gender inequalities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

“President Biden is calling on Congress to make smart investments in research and development, manufacturing and regional economic development, and in workforce development to give our workers and companies the tools and training they need to compete on the global stage,” the plan released by the White House reads.

Read more about the funds here. [45]

GOOGLE UNION’S FIRST SETTLEMENT: Google and its contractor Modis must post notices about worker rights at a data center in South Carolina as part of a settlement reached with the Alphabet Workers Union on Wednesday.

The settlement follows an unfair labor practice charge the union filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in February alleging the company prohibited employees from discussing pay with coworkers and suspended a data center technician, Shannon Wait, for supporting the union.

The official notices Google and Modis, part of the Adecco Group, must put up strongly state worker’s rights including that they have the right to join a union and discuss their wage rates.[46]

The notice also states that the company will not discipline workers for discussing wages or for exercising their right to join a union and that all references to Wait’s suspension will be removed from Google’s files.

This is the first NLRB settlement involving the Alphabet Workers Union.

Read more here[47].

URGING AN INVESTIGATION: Two tech advocacy groups, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD,) filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission Wednesday alleging Google is certifying apps for children as safe and appropriate violate a children’s privacy law by collecting personal data without parental consent. [48]

“We urge the FTC to investigate Google’s practices and the truthfulness of its representations and act to protect parents from being misled and children from playing apps that are not appropriate and violate their privacy,” the groups wrote in the complaint.

A Google spokesperson defended the company’s handling of apps directed to children in response to the complaint.

“Google Play is committed to providing a positive and safe environment for children and families,” the spokesperson said in a statement, adding that the company has taken steps to update the app store in recent years.

The groups acknowledged that Google has changed how it treats apps intended for children since they filed a complaint in 2018 over similar concerns. But they said the company has not fixed the alleged violations of COPPA.

“The FTC failed to act when this problem was brought to its attention over two years ago. Because children today are spending even more time using mobile apps, the FTC must hold Google accountable for violating children’s privacy,” Angela Campbell, chair of the board of directors of CCFC, said in a statement.

Read more about the complaint[49]

IN OTHER GOOGLE NEWS: Google told its staff in a Wednesday email that offices will begin to open in April after being closed for the coronavirus pandemic.

“Conditions vary significantly from state to state, so you’ll hear directly from your local leaders when your office is eligible to reopen,” top Google personnel executive Fiona Cicconi said in the email, which was seen[50] by The Wall Street Journal.

Returning to in-office work won’t become mandatory until September, a Google spokesperson said. Although offices will reopen next month, they will be at limited capacity.

Read more here. [51]

MORE CONTROL: Facebook is launching features to give users more control over the content that appears in their newsfeed, the company announced Wednesday[52]

Facebook’s new Feed Filter Bar, a menu that will appear at the top of the News Feed, will allow users to more easily access a tool to rank content chronologically as opposed to algorithmically.

By choosing the “most recent” filter, users can see the newest posts appear first. The new tool offers a more accessible way for users to switch to a chronologically sorted News Feed.

Facebook also said it is expanding its “Why am I seeing this?” page that aims to give users more information as to why content was suggested in their News Feed.

Read more here[53]

TIME OFF FOR APPLE EMPLOYEES: Apple is offering paid time off for employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19, people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg News.[54]

Bloomberg also reported that Apple is offering paid sick leave for those who experience side effects from the vaccinations. However, the company has told staff that it does not have access to vaccines and is not itself providing vaccines to workers.

The announcement comes as Apple plans to have more staff return to corporate offices as early as June. Apple CEO Tim Cook first disclosed the timeline to employees at the end of December, Bloomberg reported.

Read more here[55]

Lighter click: 14 month’s a charm?[56]

An op-ed to chew on: Vaccine passports will be convenient, but we should keep our privacy top of mind[57]

NOTABLE LINKS FROM AROUND THE WEB: 

Remote Work Is Leading To More Gender And Racial Harassment, Say Tech Workers (NPR/ Shannon Bond)[58]

Tech workers want vaccine mandates. Will their bosses bite? (Protocol / Issie Lapowsky) [59]

A comedian says he created ‘Darla,’ the anti-union Amazon workers, as a joke (The Verge / Makena Kelly)[60]

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Facebook removes video of Trump citing his suspension from platform

Facebook removed a video of an interview between former President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden seeks expanded government, tax hikes Georgia voter limits take root amid weakened Justice Department Battle rages over vaccine passports MORE[2][3][4][5][6][1] and his daughter-in-law Lara TrumpLara TrumpLara Trump now official Fox News contributor Lara Trump ‘absolutely’ considering Senate run The two women who could ‘cancel’ Trump MORE[8][9][10][11][12][7] based on the platform’s indefinite suspension of the former president, a company spokesperson confirmed Wednesday. 

Lara Trump Tuesday night posted a screenshot of an email that appears to notify her that the video had been removed in line with the platform’s current suspension of the former president. Her post also included a screenshot of an email with an earlier time stamp that seemingly warned her that video of the interview would be removed if posted. 

A Facebook source verified the email posted by Lara Trump was authentic.

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The email also warns Lara Trump that posting similar content could lead to more limitations on the account. 

“In line with the block we placed on Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, further content posted in the voice of Donald Trump will be removed and result in additional limitations on the accounts,” the email said. 

Lara Trump criticized the decision in her caption, writing, “and just like that, we are one step closer to Orwell’s 1984. Wow.”

The 18-minute interview with the former president is still up and available to view on the website for Lara Trump’s “The Right View” show. 

Facebook banned the former president indefinitely shortly before he left office. The decision was prompted by posts he made regarding the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. 

Facebook has left the decision on whether to permanently ban or reinstate former President Trump’s account up to its Oversight Board. The board has yet to announce its decision. 

Twitter, which also banned the former president after the insurrection, has said its ban is permanent.

rklar@thehill.com (Rebecca Klar)