Given that it's only a three-day work week for many in the U.S., I guess that makes today hump day.
Meanwhile, today's Login is a trim 1,067 words, a 4-minute read. (Coincidentally, "trim 1,067 words" is also what I often hear from my editor.)
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Small is the new big when it comes to social networking, with a number of startups and established players seeking to cater to people that want to share photos, messages and other information — but only with a tight-knit group of friends or family.
Driving the news:
Why it matters: Sharing information within tightly knit groups could lead to a friendlier social experience. (Without proper protections, it could lead to a false sense of security, though.)
While big social networks like Facebook and Twitter allow people to have hundreds of connections or more, researchers say that's not really how human social relationships evolved.
A number of investors seem open to the idea of more tightly curated sharing, with Lerer Hippeau, Y Combinator, Susa, Norwest, Advancit, Foundation Capital, iNovia, Shrug, and SV Angel all contributing to a $3 million seed round for Cocoon that closed in May.
Yes, but: Others, including Path, have tried this, um, path before — with limited success at best.
What they're saying: In an interview, Cocoon co-founders Sachin Monga and Alex Cornell say they aren't really trying to create a different kind of social network, but rather improve upon the real world ways that families and chosen families stay in touch: weekly phone calls, multiple text message threads and shared photos.
Details: For now, Cocoon is a free service, and available only for iOS, though an Android app is at the top of the company's to-do list. Also, for now, people can only be in a single group, or Cocoon, but that will change over time as well.
Fun fact: You may never have heard of Cornell, but you have probably heard his voice. He sings the infamous, twangy "I'm on hold" song that greets the first participant on an UberConference call.
Google confirmed Monday that it has fired four workers for violating company policies on data access. Google had earlier put two of the employees on leave over the issue.
Why it matters: It's the latest salvo in an increasingly fierce battle between the company and employee activists.
What they're saying:
Go deeper: Tech's new labor unrest
Nevada and Texas announced Monday they are dropping out of the suit that seeks to block T-Mobile's acquisition of Sprint. Texas said it got a number of commitments, including an agreement not to raise rates for 5 years and to ensure the state's rural areas have 5G coverage.
Why it matters: The lawsuit from the states is the main remaining hurdle to the deal's closure. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was the only Republican seeking to block the deal.
Yes, but: 14 states are still suing, with a trial set to begin next month.
"Today's deal does not resolve the fundamental anti-competitive concerns at the core of this case — that the mega-merger of T-Mobile and Sprint will reduce competition in the mobile marketplace," New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement.
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Children ages 1–3 are increasingly watching TV or using screen time in "high amounts," according to an analysis by the National Institutes of Health released Monday, Axios' Marisa Fernandez reports.
Why it matters: The World Health Organization and pediatric societies have recommended that preschool-age children get no more than one hour of screen time a day and should spend time being active. The average daily time spent using screens increased from 53 minutes at age 1 to more than 150 minutes at age 3, per the NIH.
The big picture: Parents rely on digital babysitters and device-led playtime to entertain their children. Last April, JAMA Pediatrics published a report showing screen time for children ages 0–2 more than doubled from 1997 to 2014.
The findings from the NIH were from more than 6,000 children conceived after infertility treatments and born in New York state from 2008 to 2010:
Noteworthy: New York has policies that ban infants from screen exposure in daycare centers. Regulations are not nationwide.