Stories by Scott Rosenberg

Antitrust exemption may not save news publishers

Antique illustration of a 19th-century steam powered printing press
Steam-powered rotary press for the New York Sun, 19th century. Photo: DeAgostini/Getty Images

News publishers told Congress Tuesday that they need an exemption from antitrust laws to shore up their revenue in the digital age, in the first hearing of a series on "Online Platforms and Market Power" by a House Judiciary subcommittee.

Why it matters: Everyone agrees that trustworthy journalism is essential to democracy, but that's where the consensus ends.

Facebook bars deceptive accounts tied to Iran

Facebook announced Tuesday it had removed 51 accounts, 36 pages, 7 groups and 3 Instagram accounts that it said originated in Iran and were responsible for "coordinated inauthentic behavior."

Why it matters: The announcement comes as tensions between the U.S. and Iran have escalated in the wake of the Trump administration's withdrawal from a multinational agreement aimed at controlling Iran's nuclear program.

Twilight of the open tech era

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Today's tech giants achieved success and scale by promoting their openness, but the industry's open doors are shutting, one by one.

Why it matters: Being "open" allowed tech innovators and companies to claim a sort of moral high ground. Without it, they are increasingly vulnerable to legal and regulatory restraint and popular disaffection.