Again, a reminder that Login and I are off next week. I want to say thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts this year. I look forward to making Login even more fun, insightful and compelling in 2018. In the meantime, keep checking Axios.com for your news updates.
Just how small was Google when Eric Schmidt joined it in 2001? Here are a few stats:
So, it's kind of a big deal that he is stepping down as executive chairman of Alphabet, Google's parent company.
What wasn't said: His might not be the face Google wants front and center during a time of heightened scrutiny over sexual misconduct issues. As the New York Times noted, the married Schmidt was known for being seen publicly with other women at his side — including at Google events.
Newark's mayor is taking a stand against the recent FCC decision to overturn net neutrality rules.
Between the lines: Newark says its fiber network (as well as a lot of dark fiber coursing beneath the city) has helped attract companies that need access to its high-speed network. Newark is also gunning to be chosen to host Amazon's second headquarters, for which high-speed broadband is a requirement. So the city is appealing to the pro-net-neutralty leanings of the biggest tech companies as a differentiator. The city plans to expand Newark Fiber next year.
Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) introduced a bill Thursday that could help prevent foreign tampering in U.S. elections and strengthen election cybersecurity by spending $386 million to replace outdated or vulnerable electronic voting machines.
Separately: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new initiative Thursday to protect the integrity of New York elections. In a release, Cuomo's office says the reform is the "strongest and most comprehensive regulation of online political advertisements."
Go deeper: Axios' Sara Fischer has more on that here.
Prices and investment in digital tokens skyrocketed this year, as did purchases of related web domains, Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva reports, citing data from GoDaddy.
Why it matters: It's certainly reminiscent of the frothiness of the DotCom boom.
By the numbers:
This is what happens when Bill Gates is your Secret Santa.