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Like power and water, the internet has been shown by the pandemic to be a necessity for households. It’s time for it to be regulated as a utility.

The Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee voted to authorize subpoenas if Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey did not agree to testify voluntarily about their companies’ handling of a New York Post story about Hunter Biden.

To protect its business in an important market, Facebook increasingly removes content that Vietnam’s authoritarian government doesn’t like.

Snap Inc.'s stock price surged after the social media company reported revenue and user growth that topped estimates, fueled by jumps in ad spending and phone use.

People with jobs and ready money sent high-end home sales up in the third quarter. Cheaper borrowing costs drove demand for more room to quarantine.

A large study found the medicine, given to hospitalized patients through an IV, cut the time to recovery by five days.

Talk host Ellen DeGeneres, talent-competition judge Simon Cowell and KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer make this week’s real estate pages.

Mike Love of Beach Boys fame is asking $7 million for his amenity-loaded mansion overlooking the ocean in Pebble Beach.

Bruce Stuart, grandson of Carnation dairy company founder Elbridge Stuart, just listed his stylish Tuscan farmhouse for $19.5 million.

Kemp Powers, co-director of the upcoming Pixar film “Soul,” just paid $1.5 million for a Midcentury ranch in Baldwin Hills.

KISS rocker Gene Simmons has hung a $22-million price tag on his Beverly Hills estate of 34 years.

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The final number from Nielsen is 14% below the first debate on Sept. 29, which averaged 73.1 million viewers.

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