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Apple goes to great lengths to collect less data than its rivals. Nonetheless, the iPhone maker will still know plenty about you if you use many of its services, Axios' chief tech correspondent Ina Fried writes.
Between the lines: Apple is able to do this, in part, because it makes money selling hardware — and increasingly services — rather than through ads.
How it works: In order to collect less data, Apple tries to do as much work on its devices as possible, even if that sometimes means algorithms aren't as well tuned, processing is slower, or the same work gets done on multiple devices.
Read Ina's full story to see "What you can do."
The news that U.S. adults actually read doesn't always match up with the topics they claim they want covered more, Axios' Neal Rothschild, Sara Fischer and Stef Wasko write, based on data from traffic analytics company Parse.ly and an Axios/SurveyMonkey poll.
The companies behind Alipay and WeChat Pay are racing to install "branded facial-recognition screens at retail points-of-sale all over the country," writes the Wall Street Journal's Stella Yifan Xie (subscription).
The scene above is all that's left of a helicopter that crashed on the roof of the rain-shrouded AXA Equitable skyscraper in midtown Manhattan, killing the pilot and briefly triggering memories of 9/11. (AP)
"Pro-impeachment Democrats are struggling to make their case for ousting President Trump to a wary public, with the Justice Department suddenly signaling a willingness to cooperate with Congress," the WashPost reports.
John Dean, 80 — fired as White House counsel by Richard Nixon, and now a CNN commentator — told the House Judiciary Committee yesterday:
In many ways the Mueller Report is to President Trump what the so-called Watergate "Road Map" ... was to President Richard Nixon.
Joe Biden hits President Trump (or "he") 76 times in his remarks prepared for delivery in Davenport, Iowa, on a day both men will be in the state:
Voters are hearing a lot about abortion bans around the country, creating a messaging race for both parties, Axios' Alexi McCammond reports.
The findings suggest Democrats talk about it in this way:
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Joe Biden has led 2020 polls since before he even entered the race. But some swing voters in his home state of Pennsylvania — who voted for Barack Obama and then Donald Trump — aren't feeling him, Axios' Alexi McCammond writes.
The voters were asked to score candidates, from zero to 10, on how big a threat they'd be to Trump.
The July/August issue of Foreign Affairs offers what editor Gideon Rose calls "an autopsy of the last decades of American global leadership — the years when U.S. elites squandered the inheritance and good name bequeathed to them."
Fareed Zakaria on "The Self-Destruction of American Power":
Sometime in the last two years, American hegemony died. The age of U.S. dominance was a brief, heady era, about three decades marked by two moments, each a breakdown of sorts. It was born amid the collapse of the Berlin Wall, in 1989. The end, or really the beginning of the end, was another collapse, that of Iraq in 2003, and the slow unraveling since.
The backstory from AP's Kristin Hall:
[I]nside Tim McGraw’s sprawling Nashville mansion, the country superstar got a friendly ribbing from his friend and neighbor, Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential biographer Jon Meacham.
McGraw was wearing his typical black cowboy hat and was tanned from one of his recent spear fishing trips. Meacham ... wore a dress shirt and khakis, and held an unlit cigar in his hand.
"I’m smoking cigars and he’s lifting weights," Meacham remarked. ...
[T]his "Odd Couple" ... were in rehearsals for a book tour that's unlike anything the two of them have done before, a mixture of songs and lectures on American history and culture, starting [yesterday] in New York City [and continuing Wednesday in Washington].
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