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Doctors are the latest group to use Twitter to make the case for gun control, going viral with pictures graphically showing the impact of gun violence on U.S. society.
Driving the news: The mass response comes after the NRA tweeted that doctors should "stay in their lane" as a response to a paper released by the American College of Physicians.
What they're saying:
Why it matters: The doctors are following a well-trodden path in trying to use social media to try to break through the perennial legislative logjam on gun control. The Parkland students and parents who have lost children to shootings have also achieved powerful viral messages. However, none of these efforts has yet succeeded in getting Congress to act.
Our thought bubble: Beyond the substantive arguments about how to end gun violence, the hashtag campaign also raises questions about how Twitter and other platforms will handle disturbing content.
Go deeper: Doctors are sharing gruesome photos of what it's like to treat gun violence victims (BuzzFeed)
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Mergers are central to media companies' strategies for competing with tech giants like Google and Netflix, but the merger review process has suddenly become a political football between President Trump and congressional Democrats, Axios' Sara Fischer and David McCabe write.
Why it matters: Trump continues to comment on antitrust matters related to media companies he doesn't like, and experts worry the resulting political fray could hinder the Justice Department's ability to independently evaluate mergers.
Media companies looking to merge amid an already difficult economic climate now have to consider this reality as a part of their business decisions.
What's happening: Consumer groups are raising red flags about both the AT&T/Time Warner merger that was approved this summer (after the Justice Department tried to block it) and the Comcast/NBCUniversal merger that was approved in 2011 during the Obama administration.
Be smart: "There is a strong basis for enforcing these laws regardless of the White House's statements, but those statements in no way help the DOJ do its job effectively," says Gene Kimmelman, president and CEO of Public Knowledge, a consumer protection advocacy group, and a former Justice Department antitrust staffer.
The big picture: These issues become even more convoluted as the DOJ faces a leadership crisis of its own.
Between the lines: Many of the alleged anti-competitive behaviors are connected with outlets — including NBC, the Washington Post and CNN — that Trump has attacked.
Read more of the full story from Sara and David.
Artificial intelligence pioneer Andrew Ng wants more people to learn more about AI. Since he is also the founder of Coursera, he did the natural thing — created an online class.
Details: "AI for Everyone," is aimed at the non-technical crowd, including executives and the generally curious. It's not quite ready, but those interested can pre-enroll to be among the first to take it.
Why it matters: "Artificial intelligence will transform every industry, just as electricity did 100 years ago," Ng said in a blog post, adding that AI will create $13 trillion in GDP growth between now and 2030.
The new course is just one of several AI-related projects for Ng, who previously led AI efforts at Google and Baidu. He's also running Landing AI, which aims to help manufacturers change their businesses, and is leading the $175 million AI Fund.
Ro Khanna, Renee DiResta, Darrell Issa (from l to r). Photo: WSJ/Nikki Ritcher Photography
Rep. Darrell Issa said Monday the U.S. information system needs new ways to hold liars accountable — including journalists' anonymous sources and social-media disinformation providers, Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva reports from the Wall Street Journal's tech conference in Laguna Beach.
What they're saying: "We have to have a result for the person who creates a lie, which we don't yet have,” Issa said.
The other side: Rep. Ro Khanna, who represents part of Silicon Valley, disagreed with Issa, saying that he's "all for a messy democracy," if that's the result of protecting freedom of speech.
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