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The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first digital pill, called Abilify MyCite, which includes a small, edible sensor to help keep track of when the patient takes their dose, according to Technology Review.

Why it matters: Failure to remember to take medication or follow prescription instructions costs the U.S. an estimated $100 billion a year. This smart pill could be part of the solution to that problem, but those who oppose the smart pill movement worry about privacy and medication data being manipulated.

How it works: The antipsychotic tablet can help treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The sensor in the pill transmits information to a patch worn by the patient. That data can then be sent to a phone and shared with medics or family members to make sure the drugs are being taken.

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Senate Armed Services chair dismisses Trump threat to veto defense bill

Sen. Jim Inhofe poses with Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Oct. 21. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/pool/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters Wednesday that he plans to move ahead with a crucial defense-spending bill without provisions that would eliminate tech industry protections, defying a veto threat from President Trump.

Why it matters: Inhofe's public rebuke signals that the Senate could have enough Republican backing to override a potential veto from Trump, who has demanded that the $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

Scoop: Uber sells its air taxi business

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Uber has agreed to sell its Uber Elevate unit to Joby Aviation, Axios has learned from multiple sources.

Between the lines: Uber Elevate was formed to develop a network of self-driving air taxis, but to date has been most notable for its annual conference devoted to the nascent industry.

Setting the Biden-era cybersecurity agenda

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The Biden administration will face a wide array of cybersecurity challenges but can take meaningful action in at least five key areas, concludes a new report by the Aspen Cybersecurity Group.

Why it matters: Cybersecurity policy is a rare refuge from Washington's hyperpartisan dysfunction, as shown by the recent work of the bipartisan Cyberspace Solarium Commission. President-elect Joe Biden should have a real opportunity to make progress on shoring up the nation's cybersecurity and cyber capabilities without bumping up against a likely Republican-controlled Senate.

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