Sam Bankman-Fried’s attorneys request pre-trial release citing very poor world wide web link

Former FTX CEO Sam “SBF” Bankman Fried’s attorneys have requested a pre-trial release, citing a absence of enough net connectivity in the federal jail. SBF’s lawful staff argued that a inadequate world-wide-web relationship is a hindrance in their defense preparation and potential customers to a loss of time.

The courtroom submitting dated Sept. 8 was the second these ask for for pre-trial launch in the final week and arrived just after the appellate judge denied SBF’s request for quick release from jail on Sept. 6. The judge then referred the motion to the subsequent three-decide panel.

SBF’s authorized crew argued that inspite of govt assurance that their customer would have obtain to a notebook on weekdays from 8 am till 7 pm, individuals promises haven’t materialized. The lawyers also cited many scenarios wherever SBF’s entry to an internet notebook was slice brief due to jail proceedings.

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The 1st occasion was on Sept. 1, when Bankman-Fried was known as again to his mobile at 2:30 pm for a headcount, costing him four hrs of planning. In a second occasion on Sept. 6, SBF wasn’t launched from his mobile till 11:00 am. When Bankman-Fried tried out to access the discovery databases, the bad internet relationship authorized only 1 doc from the database to be reviewed. The lawful group mentioned in its filing:

“Despite the Government’s endeavours, there does not look to be a way to resolve the web entry trouble in the cellblock. That usually means that Mr. Bankman-Fried has no way to review and lookup documents in the discovery database or the AWS database just before the demo. The defendant simply cannot prepare for demo with these forms of limitations.”

After his arrest in the Bahamas on Dec. 12 very last calendar year, SBF was produced on a $250-million bond, adhering to which he invested the vast majority of his time confined to his parents’ California residence. Even so, his bail was revoked on Aug. 11 immediately after he was identified to be making an attempt to make

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Facebook Promised Poor Countries Free Internet. People Got Charged Anyway.

Facebook says it’s helping millions of the world’s poorest people get online through apps and services that allow them to use internet data free. Internal company documents show that many of these people end up being charged in amounts that collectively add up to an estimated millions of dollars a month.

To attract new users, Facebook made deals with cellular carriers in countries including Pakistan, Indonesia and the Philippines to let low-income people use a limited version of Facebook and browse some other websites without data charges. Many of the users have inexpensive cellphone plans that cost just a few dollars a month, often prepaid, for phone service and a small amount of internet data.

Because of software problems at Facebook, which it has known about and failed to correct for months, people using the apps in free mode are getting unexpectedly charged by local cellular carriers for using data. In many cases they only discover this when their prepaid plans are drained of funds.

In internal documents, employees of Facebook parent

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acknowledge this is a problem. Charging people for services Facebook says are free “breaches our transparency principle,” an employee wrote in an October memo.

In the year ended July 2021, charges made by the cellular carriers to users of Facebook’s free-data products grew to an estimated total of $7.8 million a month, when purchasing power adjustments were made, from about $1.3 million a year earlier, according to a Facebook document.

Mir Zaman, right, who owns a convenience store in Muzaffarabad, transfers mobile data to customer Sheikh Imran.


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The documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal were written in the fall of 2021 and are not part of the information made public by whistleblower Frances Haugen, a former Facebook product manager.

Facebook calls the problem “leakage,” since paid services are leaking into the free apps and services. It defines leakage in internal documents as, “When users are in Free Mode and believe that the data they are using is being covered by their carrier networks, even

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