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The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol subpoenaed some of the country’s largest social media and tech companies Thursday, arguing they had not been forthcoming following an August request for information.

The four subpoenas were sent to Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and Alphabet, the parent company of both Google and YouTube.

“Two key questions for the Select Committee are how the spread of misinformation and violent extremism contributed to the violent attack on our democracy, and what steps—if any—social media companies took to prevent their platforms from being breeding grounds for radicalizing people to violence,” Committee Chair Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonMcCarthy says he won't cooperate with 'illegitimate' Jan. 6 probe Jan. 6 panel asks McCarthy to cooperate Kerik to sit for 'voluntary interview' with Jan. 6 panel, attorney says MORE (D-Miss.) said in a statement.

“It’s disappointing that after months of engagement, we still do not have the documents and information necessary to answer those basic questions.”

In one of its first formal actions, the committee in late August sent a request to 15 websites and tech companies asking them to preserve records tied to the Jan. 6 riot.

The panel requested internal and external reviews of 2020 election misinformation or violent extremism, all content given to law enforcement related to those subjects and all relevant internal communications.

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New investment firm Venture 53 aims to help startups solve supply chain issues

A new logistics-focused venture capital fund has launched in Richmond and Atlanta to help solve America’s supply chain problem through innovation. 

Venture 53 was co-founded in November by Richmond-based Pat Martin and Atlanta-based Dan White.

“The best help we can give to founders in this space is a faster path to profitability,” Martin said. “We want to work with companies during the years where most early companies fail.”

Amy Mack, Venture 53 spokesperson, said the fund provides strategic funds to help startups focus on resolving current inefficiencies caused by pandemic-related challenges. 

Mack said Venture 53 is the only early-stage venture capital fund specializing solely in transportation and logistics-related technology companies. 

“Our goal as a VC firm is to let people know Venture 53 is open for business, and we have capital to deploy beginning in (the first quarter of) 2022,” she said. “If there is anyone interested in solving America’s supply chain…

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