Stories by Kim Hart

Scoop: Bipartisan senators want Big Tech to put a price on your data

Senators Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) will introduce legislation on Monday to require Facebook, Google, Amazon and other major platforms to disclose the value of their users' data, as first reported Sunday evening on "Axios on HBO."

Why it matters: Our personal data is arguably our most valuable asset in the digital age, but internet users don't have any way of knowing how much their data is actually worth.

10 state attorneys general sue to block T-Mobile/Sprint merger

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John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile, and Marcelo Claure, left, executive chairman of the board of Sprint. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Ten state attorneys general filed a lawsuit against T-Mobile's merger with Sprint, Reuters reports, with New York and California attorneys general taking the lead.

Why it matters: The $26 billion deal would combine the third- and fourth-largest national wireless carriers, removing a competitor in the industry. The FCC has signaled its approval of the deal, but the Justice Department reportedly has reservations. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and DOJ's head of antitrust Makan Delrahim met Friday to discuss the deal, per Fox Business, and a decision could come as soon as this week.

Big Tech unfazed by antitrust threat

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Big companies living under the shadow of looming antitrust investigations typically tread warily, careful not to give regulators too many ideas — but judging by this week's corporate announcements, Big Tech isn't using that playbook.

What's happening: Despite reports that regulators are interested in probing Big Tech's behavior, Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple charged ahead this week with acquisitions, software integrations and other grand new programs.