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Apple and Google execs named to a Saudi advisory board amid controversy over reportedly murdered journalist

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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS

More than a dozen high profile tech executives, including famous venture capital investors Marc Andreessen and former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick are part of a newly announced advisory panel for a $500 billion Saudi mega-city project.

The panel was announced as much of the focus on Saudi Arabia turns towards the fate of a Saudi dissident who disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Shortly after the list of advisors was published, the list was changed and Apple's Jony Ive was no longer on the list.

An array of high-profile business and technology leaders, including senior executives from Google and Apple were named to a new advisory board for the Saudi Arabian government on Tuesday, even as controversy swirls over the disappearance of a dissident Saudi journalist.

On Tuesday, the Saudi news outlet Argaam reported that Neom — a $500 billion megacity project being built by the country — has formed a new 19-member advisory board.

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