Dec 5, 2017

Internet firms seize on Google's plan to block YouTube on Amazon service

AT&T is among the companies pushing to repeal net neutrality rules. Photo: Mike Derer / AP

Internet providers that want to see net neutrality rules repealed pointed Tuesday to Google's move to block YouTube from Amazon's Fire TV as evidence that Silicon Valley giants, not telecom companies, are threatening competition on the web.

What they're saying: "Broadband ISPs are committed to providing an open internet for their customers, including protections like no content blocking or throttling," said Jonathan Spalter, the chief executive of the trade association USTelecom. "Seems like some of the biggest internet companies can't say the same. Ironic, isn't it?"

Decoded: Those who support the repeal of the FCC"s net neutrality rules — which stop ISPs from blocking or slowing down content — are trying to turn big tech giants into the boogeymen of the debate. Critics of the broadband ISPs say they'll have the ability to squeeze consumers and competitors without net neutrality rules in place.

What's next: The FCC is scheduled to vote on the repeal plan next week.

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Mark Cuban criticizes "arrogant" 3M on respirator production

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Businessman and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said during an Axios virtual event Friday that 3M is "arrogant" for not speaking up about respirator production in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.

What he said: Cuban criticized the company for "making more globally than domestically," echoing a similar line from President Trump now that the U.S. is the epicenter of the pandemic. "You can't ghost the American people," he told Axios CEO Jim VandeHei from Dallas.

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  4. Jobs update: The U.S. lost 701,000 jobs in March, but the new report doesn't reflect the height of the virus' impact on the economy.
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Coronavirus puts ambitious plans for self-driving cars on the shelf

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In two weeks, the coronavirus has brought the entire U.S. auto industry to a screeching halt. When it finally sputters back to life, many companies may be forced to change, defer — or even abandon — their ambitious plans for self-driving vehicles.

The big picture: Auto factories are shut down across North America to prevent the spread of the virus among workers, while stay-at-home orders have kept car shoppers away from showrooms. The resulting financial shock means carmakers have shifted their focus to survival, not investing in expensive technologies with no clear payoff.