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Photo: Alexander/Getty Images

Tech leaders met with President Trump this week, and a Facebook document dump showed new evidence of its aggressiveness. Here are five other stories in tech you may have missed.

Catch up quick: A task force created by Trump said the U.S. Postal Service should charge more to ship some packages; after a fan uproar, Netflix renewed “Friends” for a hefty price; marketers are risking free advertising to target smart speaker owners; the ACLU outed facial recognition plans from the Secret Service; and Canada revealed a series of fraud charges against a Huawei executive.

Postal report puts muscle behind Trump's Amazon grudge

  • Why it matters: Amazon faces a politically perilous moment. At home, it has become a symbol of the outsized wealth the tech boom put in the hands of the few, and it fields regular attacks from Trump. Across the Atlantic, it is under antitrust investigation. — Axios’ David McCabe and Erica Pandey

After fan uproar, Netflix renews “Friends” for a hefty price (Wall Street Journal)

  • Why it matters: The deal between AT&T's WarnerMedia and Netflix was unlike the streaming exclusivity deals Netflix usually has, per WSJ. As AT&T tries to build its three-tiered streaming platform, paid rights for content could become more complicated with Netflix and others along the way.

Marketers risk free advertising to target smart speaker owners (New York Times)

  • Why it matters: Americans already spend $2 billion on smart speakers, and it's predicted that nearly 80% of speaker sales will be during this holiday season. However, smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home do not offer paid advertising, so marketers are trying to find other ways to earn listeners’ ears for free.

ACLU outs facial recognition plans from Secret Service (The Verge)

  • Why it matters: The Secret Service revealed plans for facial recognition surveillance around the White House Tuesday, but the American Civil Liberties Union pointed out that the plan was published and enacted earlier in November. It’s currently looking for employees, but could eventually be used for “subjects of interest.”

Canada reveals allegations against Huawei executive

  • Why it matters: Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou's arrest and possible extradition has become a flash point in trade tensions between the U.S. and Canada, as Huawei is one of China's most highly valued technology companies. — Axios' Dan Primack

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Trump's new venture could be peak SPAC

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Former President Trump last night announced plans to launch a digital media network called "Truth Social," and said it would go public via a SPAC called Digital World Acquisition (Nasdaq: DWAC).

What to know: So far, this is a joke. The press release didn't contain even basic information, such as the new company's CEO. In fact, the only execs mentioned are Trump (as chairman) and veteran TV producer Scott St. John as head of a subscription streaming service.

Inequality Index signals October jobs growth for lower-income Americans

Data: Morning Consult/Axios Inequality Index; Chart: Axios Visuals

Polling for the Morning Consult/Axios Inequality Index suggests that as the Delta variant ebbed over the last month, job security improved for lower-income Americans.

The big picture: As a result of the improving environment, the Inequality Index this month declined to its lowest point since April — reversing a significant spike in September.

Updated 3 hours ago - World

Police charge man with murder of British MP David Amess

Police outside Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, England, on Oct. 15. Photo: John Keeble/Getty Images

Police said Thursday that Ali Harbi Ali, a 25-year-old British man, has been charged with the murder of David Amess, a Conservative Party lawmaker in the U.K.

The big picture: Last week, the Metropolitan Police declared the fatal stabbing a terrorist incident, saying that they had found "a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism."