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The idea for a government-mandated nationwide 5G network has reared its head again — and it may not be the last time, Axios' Kim Hart, David McCabe and Jonathan Swan report.
Why it matters: 5G is the focal point for a global rush to dominate the next wave of technology development — a race many policymakers worry the U.S. is already losing. National security fears about Chinese firms like Huawei are also motivating efforts to build home-grown 5G infrastructure.
Driving the news: As reported by Politico Friday, President Trump's re-election campaign had latched on to the idea of a nationwide wholesale 5G network, which is a dramatic departure from both the status quo and the free market position held by many in the Trump administration.
Yes, but: Wireless industry insiders worry they haven't seen the end of it.
The broad outlines of the plan have been described in op-eds and tweets from people close to Trump.
A small firm called Rivada is pushing just such an idea. It says its technology can set up auctions for use of the airwaves and manage the demands of different companies accessing them.
There are lots of ways to look at Lyft's business — many of which were listed in the company's detailed financials filed Friday as part of the ride-hailing firm's bid to go public.
One way is to look at how much it's making per user compared with other tech firms. Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva did just that, comparing it with GrubHub and Facebook.
Lyft vs. GrubHub: Lyft is currently bringing in more than twice as much revenue on average from a customer per quarter, but it’s also losing tons of money as a company.
Lyft vs. Facebook: Yes, these companies have very different business models — one based on providing a transportation service and the other based on selling ads.
Read more of Kia's full story, including the methodology, here.
Emerson Collective founder Laurene Powell Jobs said Friday that Trump's attacks on the media are a dangerous threat to democracy.
"I think it’s right out of a dictator’s playbook," she said, speaking at the Lesbians Who Tech Summit in San Francisco. "That’s actually what people do to consolidate power."
What's new: Powell Jobs said she would be open to more acquisitions in the media space.
Background: In its sixth year, Lesbians Who Tech's primary focus is to offer a gathering place for queer women, trans and nonbinary people in the industry. But it has also emerged as simply a solid spot to hear from some of the smartest people in tech.
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At 2:45am on Saturday morning, my First Alert carbon monoxide detector began issuing a series of beeps every minute or so. Figuring out whether it was a malfunctioning device or a life-threatening emergency proved to be way harder than it should be.
How it works: 3 chirps means the device has an issue and needs to be replaced. 5 chirps means the device has reached the end of its life. 4 beeps, though, means it has detected carbon monoxide and you need to seek fresh air immediately.
My thought bubble: There's no reason it needs to be this complicated.