News roundup: Jeff Bezos reveals blackmail attempt by the National Enquirer

News roundup: Jeff Bezos reveals blackmail attempt by the National Enquirer

A roundup of this week's technology news including more bad news for Huawei, Instagram content changes and a frozen USB stick.

Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer of blackmail

We're starting this week with a story where some of the facts are still emerging. It concerns Jeff Bezos, the National Enquirer and a surname that is a gift to headline writers across the English-speaking world.

This is the news that the National Enquirer was threatening to publish compromising photos of the Amazon head honcho and real-life Bond villain, Jeff Bezos, in retaliation for a Washington Post investigation into the connections between the Chief Executive of AMI (who publishes the Enquirer) David Pecker and Saudi Arabia.

Shortly after Bezos and his wife MacKenzie announced they were calling time on their marriage, the National Enquirer published intimate text messages between Jeff and former TV anchor, Lauren Sánchez. Mr. Bezos hired a private investigator to find out how and why the messages had been made public.

Said investigation caused Mr. Pecker to go ‘apoplectic' (great word) and led the AMI's chief content officer, Dylan Howard, to send an email detailing the photos of Bezos in their possession - a "below the belt selfie - otherwise colloquially known as a ‘d*ck pick'" as well as nine other images including a selfie, a shirtless photo of Bezos holding his phone "while wearing his wedding ring", a "full-length body selfie" of him in his underwear and photos and messages from Lauren Sánchez.

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Charlotte Trueman

Charlotte is Staff Writer at IDG Connect. She is particularly interested in the impact technology will have on the future of work and promoting gender diversity throughout the tech industry.

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