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Google's office in New York. Photo: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A few years ago, Google started offering a non-college certificate program to help teach basic IT skills to future workers. Now, the tech giant is working to make sure more people — including community college students — have access to the curriculum.

Why it matters: The labor market has a big skills mismatch, with companies saying they can't find enough qualified applicants, while plenty of job seekers struggle to find meaningful and lucrative work.

Details: As part of the expansion, Google will make the certificate program free for community colleges and vocational high schools across the nation.

What they're saying: Alphabet chief financial officer Ruth Porat says the program's expansion beyond Google has been critical to its impact.

  • "It can't be about one company," Porat said in an interview. She notes that there are now 150 companies that are accepting the certificate as qualification for various jobs, including Walmart and Verizon, as well as Google itself.

By the numbers: So far, more than 50,000 people have graduated from the program in the U.S., with 150 companies now accepting the certificates for certain jobs.

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Georgia newspapers take Google, Facebook to court

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Georgia newspaper companies and their counterparts around the country have been filing antitrust civil action lawsuits against Google and Facebook for the past year, alleging the two firms have monopolized the digital advertising market, constricting revenue that would otherwise go to local news.

Why it matters: What started as a small-town effort to take a stand against Big Tech has turned into a national movement, with over 200 newspapers involved across dozens of states, Axios' Sara Fischer and Kristal Dixon report.

Airlines call for Biden admin's "immediate intervention" in 5G deployment

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The CEOs of leading U.S. air cargo and passenger carriers on Monday warned the Biden administration there could be "catastrophic disruption" after AT&T and Verizon deploy a new 5G service this week.

Driving the news: They said in a letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and other top federal officials ahead of the C-Band 5G service's deployment Wednesday that "the nation's commerce will grind to a halt" and "could potentially strand tens of thousands of Americans overseas."

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Thousands without power as "hazardous" winter storm lashes East Coast

Satellite imagery of the Northeastern U.S. taken by NOAA on Jan. 17. Photo: NOAA

A major winter storm lashed much of the East Coast Sunday and Monday, causing widespread power outages and disrupting travel over the holiday weekend.

The latest: Authorities in North Carolina confirmed that two people died in a car crash and that they responded 600 vehicle accidents during the storm on Sunday, per the Washington Post.

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