SXSW 2017 wraps up: As SXSW's Interactive leg wraps up, companies are showcasing their last few tech products, like Google's high-tech jacket in partnership with Levi's. But maybe it's good thing that the end is near—after all, everyone is busier checking their phones than doing anything else, as The Verge's Lauren Goode concludes.

Tech exit fever: Monday was saw a lot exit action from tech companies. After Intel announced its $15.3 billion acquisition of publicly-traded Mobileye to beef up its self-driving technology, Yext and Okta filed to go public. While this is a good sign for the tech IPO market, as Cisco's last minute acquisition of AppDynamic showed, anything is possible.

Another Google messaging app: The company's internal incubator, Area 120, has built an app for watching and sharing videos with friends called Uptime. But it wasn't long before some took to Twitter to point out that Google already has several messaging apps, so Uptime's purpose is unclear.

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  1. Politics: Pence chief of staff Marc Short tests positive for coronavirus — COVID-19 looms over White House Halloween celebrations.
  2. Health: Fauci says maybe we should mandate masks if people don't wear them — America was sick well before it ever got COVID-19.
  3. World: Polish President Andrzej Duda tests positive for COVID-19.
What Matters 2020

The missed opportunities for 2020 and beyond

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Jason Armond (Los Angeles Times), Noam Galai, Jabin Botsford (The Washington Post), Alex Wong/Getty Images

As the 2020 presidential campaign draws to a close, President Trump and Joe Biden have focused little on some of the most sweeping trends that will outlive the fights of the moment.

Why it matters: Both have engaged on some issues, like climate change and China, on their own terms, and Biden has addressed themes like economic inequality that work to his advantage. But others have gone largely unmentioned — a missed opportunity to address big shifts that are changing the country.

Pence chief of staff Marc Short tests positive for coronavirus

Marc Short with Katie Miller, Vice President Pence's communications director, in March. Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times via Reuters

Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday and is quarantining, according to a White House statement.

Why it matters: Short is Pence's closest aide, and was one of the most powerful forces on the White House coronavirus task force.