Situational awareness: Comcast agreed to sell its 33% stake in Hulu to Disney, giving Disney full control over the streaming service, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
D.C. readers: You're invited to an Axios program, Easing America's Pain, tomorrow morning at 8am.
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Apple’s very successful iPhone App Store is under attack from multiple directions, with users and developers criticizing its business model, Axios' David McCabe reports.
Why it matters: If the burgeoning criticism leads to concrete legal results, it could undermine an Apple ecosystem that's already under threat from other tech giants like Google and Facebook.
Driving the news: Some customers and developers take issue with the portion of some App Store transactions that Apple takes for itself.
App creators also have no choice but to use Apple's store to get to its customers — unlike on Google's Android, where they can pursue alternate means of access.
Flashback: Steve Jobs was opposed to third-party apps for the iPhone when it launched in 2007 — believing that web-based applications would suffice — before changing course.
Between the lines: The issues over Apple's cut comes as the company is looking to offer more of its own services, many of which compete with options available via the App Store.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) this morning announced a bill, seen first by Axios, that would make it harder for American companies to export major emerging technologies to China, David reports.
Why it matters: Technology, from AI to 5G wireless, has become a major bargaining chip in the broader tensions between the U.S. and China.
Details: The bill would require the president to restrict exports to China of any technology covered by the law, including tech and intellectual property that...
Our thought bubble: A broad range of products could be affected, though the restrictions it envisions, such as licensing, wouldn't necessarily ban the exports outright. If the bill picks up legislative steam and passes, the details of its implementation would be key.
Photo: Tempo Automation
Last year we told you about Tempo Automation, a startup doing high-tech contract manufacturing in San Francisco.
Flashback: It was formed with the idea that the ability to generate small runs and prototypes close to Silicon Valley can be worth the added cost of doing work in one of the priciest rents and highest labor costs around.
So far the bet appears to be paying off.
The latest: Tempo has raised a fresh $45 million in a Series C round led by existing investor, Point72 Ventures.
Adobe today is announcing a new set of tools to help third party merchants who sell through Amazon.
Details: The new service, from Adobe's Magento unit, helps businesses set up their own e-commerce storefronts, while continuing to sell through Amazon.
Why it matters: A growing number of stores find that they have to both be on Amazon and maintain their own direct stores.
The Department of Justice filed charges against a Verizon employee and 2 employees of stores selling AT&T service for using their access to hijack customer accounts, Joe reports.
Why it matters: Especially in the AT&T case where the accused were employees of a contractor and not AT&T itself, the cases raise questions about companies' ability to control employee behavior when the workers are able to steal data or funds from a customer.
Background: The scam, known as SIM-swapping, involves hackers breaking into victim's cellphone accounts to reset passwords on other accounts.
Details: The 3 employees charged join 6 people who were indicted last week, all connected to a SIM-swapping ring.
Burger King is considering whether to bring to Los Angeles a program it tested in Mexico that delivers meals to drivers stuck in traffic.