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Zuckerberg

plans to testify

NEW YORK – Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg plans to testify before US Congress, a source briefed on the matter, said as he bows to pressure from lawmakers insisting he explain how 50 million users’ data ended up in the hands of a political consultancy. Lawmakers in the US and Europe are demanding to know more about the company’s privacy practices after a whistleblower said consultancy Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed data to target US and British voters in close-run elections.

‘Suitcase killer’

executed

AUSTIN – Texas executed a man on Tuesday, who was convicted of murder for suffocating a prostitute, placing her lifeless body in a suitcase and tossing it into a garbage dumpster in 2005. Rosendo Rodriguez, who turned 38 on Monday, was put to death by lethal injection at the State’s death chamber in Huntsville, a prisons official said. The execution was the seventh this year in the US and the fourth in Texas, which has executed more inmates than any State since the US Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

Tiger under

the microscope

LOS ANGELES – Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney is to put golfer Tiger Woods under the microscope in an upcoming documentary series based on a new biography of the 14-time major winner, Mr Gibney’s company Jigsaw Productions said on Tuesday.

Mr Gibney will use journalists Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian’s biography, “Tiger Woods”, which was also released on Tuesday, as a foundation for the series. Jigsaw did not say when production of the series will begin, and it has yet to be picked up by a distributor.

Beer maker

withdraws ad

LOS ANGELES – Beer maker Heineken said on Tuesday it had withdrawn an ad for a calorie-light beer after musician Chance the Rapper called the commercial “terribly racist”. In the latest example of a company misjudging its marketing, Heineken said it was pulling the video ad for Heineken Light from all global markets. “While we feel the ad is referencing our Heineken Light beer, we missed the mark, are taking the feedback to heart and will use this to influence future campaigns,” the company said in a statement.

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