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Google Irvine offices on October 23, 2020 in Irvine, California. Photo: AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

Amazon, Google and Microsoft announced this morning that they, along with a number of other enterprise companies, have agreed on a series of principles on customer protection and data sovereignty to govern their cloud computing work.

Why it matters: The rare joint announcement shows the industry presenting a united front as regulators around the globe consider different approaches to issues ranging from where data is stored to how to handle requests from law enforcement.

Details: The Trusted Cloud Principles are still fairly broad, but reflect the industry's concern that certain regulations and proposals are not only making it hard to do business, but forcing companies to hand over customer data without even being able to notify customers.

  • Beyond the three cloud giants, signatories include Atlassian, Cisco, IBM, Salesforce + Slack, and SAP.

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Exclusive: Battleground voters wary of Big Tech power

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

A majority of voters in battleground districts and states agree Big Tech companies are monopolies with too much power, according to new data shared exclusively with Axios — but those same voters are divided on what Congress should do in response.

Why it matters: Lawmakers from both parties in the House have backed a package of proposed new laws to rein in tech firms' power.

The startup that wants to disrupt big internet providers

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A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country.

Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be both slow and unaffordable in swaths of the country.

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Top general: China's hypersonic missile test "very close" to a "Sputnik moment"

Gen. Mark Milley. Photo: Rod Lamkey-Pool/Getty Images

Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned Wednesday that China's test of a hypersonic missile is "very concerning" and "very close" to the kind of "Sputnik moment" that triggered the Space Race during the Cold War.

Why it matters: The comments by America's top uniformed general underscore the depths of U.S. concerns about China's rapid military expansion and development of advanced weaponry.