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Did Elon Musk “cosy up” to Donald Trump?



A federal judge has brought attention to the possibility of Elon Musk’s involvement in trying to establish a rapport with former President Donald Trump during a criminal probe.

The revelation emerged from a court transcript released on Wednesday.

During a hearing on February 7, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell probed Twitter’s legal team about the delay in providing data related to Trump’s Twitter account to special counsel Jack Smith, who held a search warrant for the ex-president’s account.

At the time of the hearing, Twitter, now known as X, was resisting compliance with the warrant, citing legal arguments and its intention to notify Trump about the investigation.

Suspended account

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, acquired Twitter in late 2022 and reinstated Trump’s account, which had been suspended following the January 2021 Capitol riot.

Concerned about the delay in compliance, Judge Howell commented, “Twitter has had quite some time to comply with the warrant and have everything prepared to turn over, so I am a little bit concerned about where we are,” as per the transcript.

Subsequently, Twitter provided the necessary data related to Trump’s Twitter account to Smith’s team on February 9. The company was then fined $350,000 as part of a contempt sanction.

91 charges

Former President Trump is currently facing 91 felony charges across four criminal cases related to his efforts to overturn his loss to President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

During the February hearing, Judge Howell engaged in a detailed exchange with Twitter’s legal team, questioning their understanding of the warrant’s scope and the nature of the information sought by the government.

Addressing the possibility of Musk’s involvement, Judge Howell inquired, “Is it because the CEO wants to cozy up with the former president, and that’s why you are here?”

Search material

The conversation between the judge and the defense team revolved around the search for material and the interpretation of rights related to the First Amendment and executive privilege. Twitter claimed that these rights could limit its ability to provide materials to the government.

In response to Judge Howell’s query about Twitter’s motivations, George Varghese, Twitter’s lawyer, stated, “Twitter has no interest other than litigating its constitutional rights, your honor.”

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Why are we desperate for modern tech?



Unraveling the crucial role in modern tech infrastructure

In the dynamic landscape of digital advancements, data centres stand as the unsung heroes, anchoring the core of modern technology infrastructure. Exploring this integral aspect, we delve into the significance of data centres in today’s interconnected world.

As the pace of digitalisation quickens, data centres take the forefront, becoming indispensable for the seamless functioning of our increasingly interconnected global ecosystem. The growing complexities, sizes, and scales of these centres, raising pertinent questions about their impact on sustainability. The expanding footprint of data centres contributes positively or negatively to the quest for a more environmentally conscious world.

Against the backdrop of omnipresent digital infrastructure, the focus shifts to the resilience of data centres. Key factors ensuring the robustness of these centres are explored, underscoring their critical role in maintaining uninterrupted digital services. However, the rising pressure on power grids introduces concerns about potential blackouts and their unforeseen consequences for Australian businesses.

Joe Craparotta, Vice President for the IT business at Schneider Electric, sheds light on the pivotal role data centres play in our interconnected world.

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Taylor Swift named Time magazine’s Person of the Year



Taylor Swift has emerged victorious in a prestigious competition for Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, surpassing stiff contenders such as Barbie, King Charles III, and Sam Altman.

In a surprising turn of events, the globally renowned pop sensation, known for her chart-topping hits and captivating stage presence, has captured the hearts and minds of millions worldwide, cementing her status as a cultural icon.

Swift’s impact extends far beyond the realm of music.

Her relentless advocacy for social causes, from gender equality to LGBTQ+ rights, has resonated deeply with a diverse audience, transcending boundaries and generations. Time Magazine acknowledges her remarkable influence on society, celebrating her not only as an artist but as a force for positive change.

The news of Swift’s triumph has ignited discussions across the globe, sparking debates on the significance of pop culture in shaping the world’s social and political landscape.

Her journey from country sensation to global superstar and activist exemplifies the power of artistry and advocacy to make a profound impact.

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Andrew Forrest demands fossil fuel executives’ accountability at UN COP28



Mining magnate and philanthropist Andrew Forrest made an impassioned call for accountability during a sideline interview at the UN COP28 climate conference.

In an extraordinary outburst, Forrest demanded that fossil fuel industry leaders be held responsible for their contributions to climate change.

Speaking to reporters, Forrest stated, “It’s time for the heads of fossil fuel executives to be on spikes – not literally, of course, but figuratively. We cannot continue to ignore the devastating impact these industries have on our planet. The time for action is now.”

Forrest’s comments come as world leaders gather to address the climate crisis and set ambitious targets for reducing carbon emissions. He emphasized the urgent need for a transition to cleaner energy sources and a shift away from fossil fuels.

The mining billionaire’s outspoken stance has sparked a debate among conference attendees, with some applauding his fervor for climate action and others cautioning against such extreme rhetoric.

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