Stories by David McCabe

State Department legal adviser joining Facebook as general counsel

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State Department legal adviser Jennifer Newstead will be Facebook's new general counsel, the company said on Monday.

Why it matters: Newstead's hiring as Facebook's top lawyer, announced alongside new VP of global communications John Pinette, comes as the social network continues to take on mounting scrutiny from regulators around the world.

Big Tech's shifting lobbying army

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The fast-evolving internet ecosystem is changing how tech companies form alliances to lobby policy-makers in Washington.

The bigger picture: Lines are blurring or becoming more stark among different tech, media and telecom companies. Telecom companies are producing content, while platform companies are exploring new services like internet connections. That means sectors are no longer staying in their lanes, and regulatory scrutiny is shifting.

Amazon strikes back as criticism of its power mounts

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Amazon is mounting a vigorous defense against the charge that it stifles competition, with founder Jeff Bezos pushing back on critics in his annual shareholder letter and the company modifying allegedly anti-competitive practices in recent months.

The big picture: The top antitrust regulator in the European Union has said her probe of Amazon is “advancing,” while lawmakers, including some presidential candidates, hammer the company in the United States.