Inspired by Dan Primack's annual NCAA tournament bracket challenge, I decided to do something similar for the women's tournament. If you want to enter the inaugural Login women's tournament bracket contest, just click here and use the password "subscribe." There's no money at stake, just bragging rights and a little bit of fame.
Late on Wednesday, Apple posted a new "families" page on its website, listing the many things it does to make its products family friendly, including parental controls and other safety features.
"You want to do what’s best for your family," Apple says on the newly created page. "So do we."
My thought bubble:
Some free advice: As a parent of a pre-schooler I want:
To be sure: Parents of older kids have other concerns and Apple already addresses a bunch of these, including location tracking, preventing driving and texting, and restrictions on app downloads and in-app purchases.
Meanwhile: Netflix is apparently scrapping a plan that would've awarded kids badges for binge-watching shows. Yeah, that might not have been such a hot idea in an era of greater concern about tech addiction.
Bill Gates at Trump Tower in December 2016. Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is meeting with President Trump today at the White House. Ahead of that meeting, he told Politico's Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman on "Playbook Live" that he'll try to impress upon Trump how crucial foreign aid is to the longevity of the United States.
The bottom line, per the Politico interview: "I don't agree with the America First rhetoric," Gates said, adding that spending dollars to help other nations is ultimately beneficial to the U.S.
"Americans don't want to have pandemics, and Americans don't want to have to send soldiers to restore stability in Africa."— Bill Gates
Background: Trump's been saying that it's time for the U.S. to stop spending money on foreign nations and start spending money at home. But foreign aid is less than 1% of the U.S. budget.
Fun fact: Gates only spends about 2 or 3 days a month at Microsoft. The rest of his time is spent on projects for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, he said in the interview.
Allbirds' new summer styles use eucalyptus fiber instead of wool. Photo: Allbirds
Allbirds, the San Francisco startup whose shoes have become the unofficial footwear of the tech industry, is ready with two new styles for summer.
The new shoes are made of a knitted eucalyptus fiber-based material, the company tells Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva. It's made to be more breathable for the summer than the wool used in the company's original two models.
The bottom line: Allbirds seems to have nailed Silicon Valley's cultural priorities when it comes to apparel: comfort, utility, and simplicity — basically the same qualities that made the hoodie so ubiquitous.
The big question: How long does Allbirds stay the "it" shoe of tech. After all, these things were popular in Silicon Valley once too.
Read Kia's full story on the shoes, the market competition and the broader direct-to-consumer trend.
3M headquarters in St. Paul, Minn. Photo: Mike Bradley/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The company best known for making Post-It notes and Scotch Tape sees its next big opportunity in driverless cars. 3M CEO Inge Thulin told Axios' Kim Hart in a recent interview that "automotive electrification" is a $6 billion market that will be a "big, big deal for us."
"The reality is there will not be only cars running around by themselves. There needs to be traffic safety around it, and that's what we've been doing for a long, long, long time."— Thulin
Why it matters: The chip and sensor makers that allow driverless cars to "see" often get most of the attention. But 3M is trying to leverage its history of making license plates, pavement marking, and traffic signs to be a major player in the autonomous vehicle market.
Speaking of Dan, he had a piece Wednesday noting that Broadcom's abandoned pursuit of Qualcomm goes down as the fourth-largest merger offer ever to be withdrawn, according to Thomson Reuters (which includes debt in its calculations).
Here are the other big deals-that-never-were:
Just another day in Boston: A draq queen dressed as Elsa from Disney's "Frozen" rescued a cop wagon stuck in the snow.