I would think you get enough of me, what with me showing up in your inbox five times a week. But, if you'd like a little bit more, I spent a half hour yesterday talking with CNBC's Jon Fortt about everything from Apple and China to the Slack-Microsoft battle to Google's Stadia streaming game service.
Situational awareness: President Trump tweeted this morning that he "asked Tim Cook to see if he could get Apple involved in building 5G in the U.S.," even though Apple doesn't build wireless networks or equipment (other than iPhones).
And if you are in a hurry, you should be able to make it through the 1,436 words in today's Login in about 5 minutes.
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After months in which the Commerce Department indicated it might ease some trade restrictions on Chinese tech giant Huawei, some U.S. companies are beginning to receive waivers allowing them to supply Huawei with components, according to reports in the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere.
Why it matters: U.S. companies were making millions of dollars selling chips, software and other components to Huawei until the Trump administration put the company on a trade blacklist, largely over national security concerns.
The big picture: Huawei is just one flashpoint in a broad U.S. dispute with China, one that extends beyond short-term conflicts over tariffs to broader issues like censorship, artificial intelligence, intellectual-property theft, spying and technology leadership.
Huawei isn't the only company caught up in the dispute.
Meanwhile: Huawei's inclusion on the so-called entity list, which limits the ability of U.S. companies to sell goods and services to Huawei, is just one of several separate U.S. actions crimping the Chinese firm's business.
What they're saying:
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Google, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat all made new announcements this week adjusting their political ad policies, placing themselves on a broad spectrum from anything goes to a near-total ban, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
Why it matters: Many social media companies are using the ongoing political ad debate to distance themselves from Facebook, which has received the most criticism for its policies. Facebook's rules are the least restrictive amongst the group, because the tech giant believes that the government should regulate political ads, not private companies.
Driving the news: Google said Wednesday it was changing its political ads policy globally to restrict audience targeting for verified political advertisers. The decision means its policies are less restrictive than Twitter's when it comes to free speech, but more aggressive than Facebook's.
Facebook VP of Marketing Solutions Carolyn Everson told Axios Monday that the company is still considering changes to its ads policy and nothing is off the table, including changes to ad targeting.
The big picture: Facebook is under enormous pressure in both directions from Democrats, Republicans and industry leaders.
Some Uber drivers have independently been putting ad displays on top of their cars, but now the ride-hailing company has teamed with startup Cargo for a small test officially deploying ads to drivers in Atlanta.
Why it matters: This could be a new revenue source for Uber, which has been under heavy pressure to move towards profitability, Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva reports.
The details: Drivers who put the ads on their cars can make $40 for their first 20 hours of driving each week, with an extra $10 for every five additional hours, with a maximum of $150 per week. There's a $150 security deposit as well.
The intrigue: As part of Uber's partnership with Cargo for these car tops, Uber, as well as Cargo, will get a cut of the advertising revenue, Axios has learned.
FCC chairman Ajit Pai offered a path forward Wednesday for the cable industry to gain access to airwaves for WiFi after a long-running spectrum battle with automakers.
Yes, but: The move will pit the FCC against the Department of Transportation, which wants to see these airwaves fully dedicated to auto safety communications, Axios' Margaret Harding McGill writes.
The big picture: Car companies and cable providers have been feuding over a swath of spectrum known as the 5.9 GHz band that was set aside 20 years ago for vehicle safety communications but never widely used for that purpose.
Driving the news: Pai's proposal, to be voted on at the commission's Dec. 12 meeting, would allocate the lower 45 megahertz of the band for unlicensed use such as WiFi, while setting aside up to 30 megahertz for vehicle safety technology.
What they're saying: Despite Pai's plans, a DOT spokesperson said all 75 megahertz of spectrum in the "safety band" should be preserved for transportation safety.
Democratic FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a longtime proponent of opening these airwaves for WiFi, said, "Opening this band for WiFi could add up to $100 billion to our economy. This is long overdue."
I love a good nap. Trust me, I spent a good chunk of yesterday afternoon trying to figure out a way to take one. But some jobs mean you probably shouldn't take one. For example: wanted criminal.