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Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

Whether it is marching in the annual Pride Parade or speaking out against the president after Charlottesville, eBay CEO Devin Wenig says part of his job is to stand up for his beliefs even when some eBay employees or merchants don't agree with him.

"If I've been given a platform, I'm going to use it," Wenig said, speaking Tuesday at the Internet Association conference in San Francisco. "I'm not going to muzzle myself when I feel that strongly about an issue."

Stance on regulation: Nor was Wenig afraid of telling the audience things they didn't want to hear. During his interview, he made the case that increased regulation of internet companies isn't necessarily a bad thing.

"This industry can't go without any degree of self- or government regulation, nor should it want to," he said. "It's time to grow up. These companies are extraordinarily powerful and they have a role to step up."

Fun fact: He was wearing a Rage Against the Machine T-Shirt during his appearance Monday.

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Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: McConnell temporarily halts in-person lunches for GOP caucus.
  3. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in DecemberAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  4. Education: U.S. public school enrollment drops as pandemic persists.
  5. Cities: Surge in cases forces San Francisco to impose curfew — Los Angeles County issues stay-at-home order, limits gatherings.
  6. Sports: NFL bans in-person team activities Monday, Tuesday due to COVID-19 surge — NBA announces new coronavirus protocols.
  7. World: London police arrest more than 150 during anti-lockdown protests — Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.

Tony Hsieh, longtime Zappos CEO, dies at 46

Tony Hsieh. Photo: FilmMagic/FilmMagic

Tony Hsieh, the longtime ex-chief executive of Zappos, died on Friday after being injured in a house fire, his lawyer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was 46.

The big picture: Hsieh was known for his unique approach to management, and following the 2008 recession his ongoing investment and efforts to revitalize the downtown Las Vegas area.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
14 hours ago - Economy & Business

The unicorn stampede is coming

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Airbnb and DoorDash plan to go public in the next few weeks, capping off a very busy year for IPOs.

What's next: You ain't seen nothing yet.