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A new Pew survey asked people the degree to which certain resources would help them access information to make better decisions. Consumers say they would benefit most from more mobile data, as opposed to library access or digital training.

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Data: Pew Research Center, Survey conducted September 26-November 6, 2016; Note: First response based on users with cellphones, second response based on those with internet at home; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios

Why it matters: The demand for mobile data has transformed the telecom industry and has put more pressure on media companies to create lighter experiences on mobile that won't eat all of consumers' data.

  • For telecom companies, mobile data demand has reordered the way carriers approach unlimited plans and their acquisition strategies. With half of Americans still listing mobile data as their highest demand, the pressure on carriers isn't going anywhere.
  • For media companies, the need for data means that consumers will continue to abandon slow or convoluted mobile websites or apps that waste mobile data to load. Data from Google suggests that 53% of consumers abandon a mobile site if it takes more than three seconds to load and 47% expect a page to load in less than two seconds

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Students vandalize and steal from schools for viral TikTok challenge

TikTok logo displayed on a phone screen in Krakow, Poland on July 18, 2021. Photo: Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A viral TikTok challenge is leading students nationwide to shatter mirrors, steal fire alarms and intentionally clog toilets, The Washington Post reports.

Driving the news: Dubbed the the “Devious Licks challenge, students are showing off their "devious licks" on TikTok — with a sped-up version of "Ski Ski BasedGod" by rapper Lil’ B playing in the background.

Axios-Ipsos poll: People of color face more environmental threats

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Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Note: ±2.5% margin of error; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

Americans of color are much less likely than white Americans to experience good air quality or tap water or enough trees or green space in their communities, and they're more likely to face noise pollution and litter, a new Axios-Ipsos poll finds.

The big picture: Our national survey shows Black and Hispanic Americans are more likely than their white counterparts to live near major highways or industrial or manufacturing plants — and to have dealt in the past year with water-boil notices or power outages lasting more than 24 hours.

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FDA advisory panel recommends Pfizer boosters for those 65 and older

A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the Key Biscayne Community Center on Aug. 24, 2021. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A key Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday overwhelmingly voted against recommending Pfizer vaccine booster shots for younger Americans, but unanimously recommended approving the third shots for individuals 65 and older, as well as those at high-risk of severe COVID-19.

Why it matters: While the votes are non-binding, and the FDA must still make a final decision, Friday's move pours cold water on the Biden administration's plan to begin administering boosters to most individuals who received the Pfizer vaccine later this month.