☕️ Good Sunday morning.
CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple CEO Tim Cook says tech companies don’t build products that are inherently good or bad, but should be aware that their products can be used for evil. And he said in an interview with Ina Fried and me for "Axios on HBO" that new regulations are likely coming.
Why it matters: The CEO of the world's most valuable company made it clear that Silicon Valley, despite surging revenue and profits, is in a newly humbled posture after a year of rising global skepticism.
Cook argued that tech companies should embrace the coming regulations:
While acknowledging the Valley's male-dominated culture, Cook said that tech generally has been strong on diversity, and that he is "encouraged at this point that there will be more marked improvement over time."
The backdrop: We talked to Cook during a rare visit by journalists inside the company's spaceship-like headquarters, Apple Park, which opened this year.
⚡️ Hear more from Tim Cook tonight on “Axios on HBO" (6:30 p.m. ET/PT).
"The alliance between Democrats and Silicon Valley has buckled and bent this year amid revelations that platforms like Facebook and Twitter allowed hateful speech, Russian propaganda and conservative-leaning 'fake news' to flourish," the N.Y. Times' Nick Confessore and Matt Rosenberg report:
Why it matters: "Democrats now face a painful reckoning with longtime friends in the tech industry, relationships girded by mutual interest in issues like immigration and cemented with millions of dollars in campaign contributions."
⚡️ Tonight on "Axios on HBO": An exclusive poll by SurveyMonkey shows social media has big growing problems with both parties.
"Gil Cisneros defeated Republican Young Kim on Saturday in the last of Orange County’s undecided House races, giving Democrats a clean sweep of the state’s six most fiercely fought congressional contests," the L.A. Times' Mark Z. Barabak, Joe Mozingo and Michael Finnegan report:
Why it matters: "Democrats will constitute the entirety of Orange County’s seven-member congressional delegation, the first time since the 1930s that the birthplace of Richard Nixon, home of John Wayne and spiritual center of the Republican Party will have no GOP representative in the House."
"Democrats will hold a 45-8 edge in California U.S. House seats next year." (AP)
The number unaccounted for in California's worst fire rose to 1,276, with a death toll of 76. But Butte County officials said the list of missing is far from precise, and could include duplicates as well as the names of people who have not checked in with loved ones or authorities, per the L.A. Times:
President Trump, speaking to reporters before he left the White House for California yesterday, was asked if he was OK with a government shutdown if he didn't get funding for his border wall:
"Barbra Streisand retweeted a list of Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s biggest legislative achievements. Film director Rob Reiner called her 'the smartest, toughest strategic thinker in our party," the WashPost's Elise Viebeck, Mike DeBonis and
Erica Werner report:
Why it matters: "At stake is not merely the House speakership, a job second in line to the presidency, but who will emerge as the country’s most high-profile counterpoint to President Trump — who will set the strategy for investigating him, who will lead the opposition to his agenda, and who will be the face of the Democratic Party ahead of the 2020 campaign."
"With their grip on power set to loosen come January, Republicans in several states are considering last-ditch laws that would weaken existing or incoming Democratic governors and advance their own conservative agendas," AP's David Eggert reports from Lansing, Mich.:
NPR "Fresh Air" host Terry Gross gives the N.Y. Times' Jolie Kerr the magic words:
"Those are the only four words you need to navigate a potentially awkward conversation, whether on a blind date or at a cocktail party. Ms. Gross avoids asking more pointed questions (for example, 'What do you do for work?') that presume information to be true."
The Tinder dating app is "testing a new feature called Swipe Surge, which sends a push notification when usage is spiking in a specific geographic area," such as during a music festival or during spring break, per Wired's Louise Matsakis:
How it works: "When users choose to participate in a Swipe Surge, their profiles are placed at the beginning of the line, meaning other users swiping at the same time will see them first."
A famous modernist Danish chef will offer a meal of 50 courses (five times as many as most ambitious tasting menus), over six hours, for $650, Bloomberg's Kat Odell writes:
"The space’s programmable LED panels will create a shifting landscape of cityscapes and snow and video works by artists. Munk says New York will be the introductory theme; expect graffiti imagery and Big Apple-inspired snacks."