Situational awareness: Germany's competition regulator took steps towards banning Facebook from collecting certain types of consumer data without users' consent within the country, Axios' David McCabe reports. Facebook said it will fight the move.
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
For a few moments last week it might have looked like the tech industry's very own World War III was breaking out, as Apple briefly kicked iPhone users who work at Facebook and Google off much of their own software as part of a privacy dispute.
Hostilities ended as quickly as they began — but the flareup reminded the world of just how completely, and complexly, the technologies and businesses of these giants are connected.
Why it matters: The most valuable companies in the world — Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon — mostly stayed in their own lanes as they grew into giants. But now they’re increasingly clashing as their growing ambitions bump into one another.
Driving the news: Apple was furious when it learned Facebook was abusing rules governing internal apps and quickly kicked the company out of the program, breaking Facebook's ability to test new apps and use internal iPhone apps.
The big picture: Once upon a time, Amazon was largely a retail store, Apple sold hardware, Google was a search engine, and Facebook was an online social network.
Google and Amazon had vastly different origins but are increasingly rivals.
Amazon and Apple have fought but are finding more common ground.
Google and Facebook together control the lion's share of the online ad business.
Facebook and Amazon have the least interplay among the tech giants.
The bottom line: Tension is likely to outweigh cooperation, especially as each of the 4 companies seeks to convince regulators that the others are the ones in need of reining in.
Read more of the full story for more on the companies' relationships and history.
Twitter disclosed its daily active user (DAU) count for the first time this morning. (The company previously reported only percent growth in users.)
Read more of Kia's story here.
Meanwhile: T-Mobile also reports a total revenue of $43.3 billion in 2018. Reuters says Q4 beat Wall Street expectations mainly due to adding "more than expected phone subscribers who pay a monthly bill."
Appolition, an app to help crowdsource bail for those who can't afford it, is looking for someone to acquire the product, according to co-founder Kortney Ziegler.
Why it matters: Many people are stuck in jail pending trials because they can't afford cash bail or a bail bond. Appolition and others are trying to blend technology and crowdsourcing to help address the issue.
What's new: Ziegler, who announced his desire in a Tweet last week, told Axios he believes the app can help more people if it were under the auspices of a larger organization. Appolition currently is a mix of volunteers and part-time staff, when what's really needed is at least 3 people full time, he said.
"We have capped onboarding users to manage a few thousand so that we can provide the best experience from our small team," Ziegler said.
Details: Appolition, which keeps 15% of pledges to fund itself, is set up as a public-interest B corporation, so Ziegler is looking for a buyer that aligns with the company's mission.
"I know that with the right support in the form of dedicated engineering, product and marketing resources, Appolition could become the ActBlue or GoFundMe for fighting mass incarceration," he said.
Patrick Spence. Photo: Sonos
Sonos is the latest hardware maker to say it is looking at ways to diversify its manufacturing amid the ongoing trade war with China.
The big picture: GoPro previously said it was looking to move manufacturing of U.S.-bound products outside of China by this summer, while Nokia and others have said they are eyeing similar moves.
A Texas zoo has an unusual offer for Valentine's Day. You can send in the name of your ex and the zoo will name a cockroach after them and then feed it to a meerkat. As a bonus, you can watch the whole thing on Facebook Live.
"This is a fun way to get the community involved in our daily enrichment activities," El Paso Zoo event coordinator Sarah Borrego told CBS News.