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Michel Euler / AP

Microsoft has released its latest transparency report, and there's one new item: a national security letter, the first the company has been able to publicly release.

The letter, dating from January 2014, requested information about a Microsoft customer's consumer services, though the specifics have been redacted. The request was previously included in the aggregated data Microsoft publishes, but its content couldn't be discussed until the gag order was lifted.

Why it matters: Microsoft is one of several tech companies currently fighting with the government over the disclosure of customer information requests.

Other data (July-Dec. 2016):

  • FISA requests: 1,000-1,499 for content, 0-499 for non-content data
  • National Security Letters: 0-499 for non-content data
  • Law enforcement: 25,837 requests globally, affecting 44,876 accounts/users. Microsoft disclosed non-content data in 63.3% of cases, and rejected 15.5% of requests.
  • Content removal: 753 total requests, with Microsoft taking action regarding 629 requests
  • "Right to be forgotten" (Europe): 14,491 URLs submitted, 31% approved
  • "Revenge porn" removal: Microsoft approved 298 requests out of a total of 580, at a 51% approval rate.

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Movie theaters go out of style

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Vaccination rates are going up, people are going out to restaurants again — although the new COVID variant may get in the way — but they still aren't rushing back to the movies.

By the numbers: Some 49% of pre-pandemic moviegoers are no longer hitting theaters, according to a study from the film research company The Quorum, as reported by the New York Times.

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Vaccine mandates lose steam in the U.S. while Europe doubles down

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European countries are doubling down on pressure campaigns to get people vaccinated just as Republicans continue to wage war — often successfully — against vaccine mandates in the U.S.

Why it matters: The starkly different approaches create a sharp contrast between the regions' approaches to vaccination, even as the Omicron variant rapidly spreads around the world.

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Two years of COVID-19

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Data: Our World in Data; Chart: Axios Visuals

Two years ago Wednesday, the first case of a mysterious new respiratory disease was discovered in Wuhan, China. Now, the Omicron variant has deepened concerns about just how much longer the coronavirus pandemic will last.

The big picture: More than 5 million people have died since that first case. Most people on earth have lived through some form of lockdown. 54% of the global population has had at least one vaccination, though the shots have been distributed unevenly.