Happy anniversary Axios! The site turns 1 year old today (I'm in D.C. for the festivities.) More importantly for you, we're launching our newest coverage area: international affairs.
What’s new: Around-the-clock coverage of world events relevant to your life and work with a mix of our own reporting and outside experts, like CFR President Richard Haass, who will write on our platform using a cool new tool that allows verified specialists to write directly into our Smart Brevity format. See the new stream here.
A sheet metal fabricator cuts material for Apple’s data center expansion in Reno, Nevada. Photo: Apple
Apple announced plans to bring back the vast majority of its overseas cash — on the order of $250 billion — as well as a bunch of new spending plans.
The details: Apple says it will:
What Apple didn't do: Give Republicans in Congress or the White House credit for the moves (something that irked some on that side of the aisle.)
The big picture: ABC News landed an interview with Tim Cook.
Separately, speaking of Amazon’s HQ2, the company said Thursday it has narrowed its list of candidates to 20 cities.
A new book looking at AI and its impact on society: Photo: Microsoft
Longtime Microsoft lawyer Brad Smith and artificial intelligence and research chief Harry Shum have teamed up to help write a new book exploring the ethics and impact of AI.
Buzz: I spoke with them this week and here's what they had to say on the book — and the issues around AI more broadly.
More: Read my full interview here.
New data from job site Indeed suggests that much of the growth in tech jobs is coming from outside Silicon Valley, though the San Francisco Bay Area remains the heart of the U.S. tech industry.
By the numbers, according to Indeed:
The Indeed study also has more data on which job titles are most in demand and which command the highest salaries.
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser / Axios
Ars Technica has a fascinating look at one aspect of the recently disclosed chip vulnerabilities from Spectre and Meltdown: More than two dozen companies met via a Slack room to compare notes on how to deal with the issues.
Here are a few interesting facts, per Ars Technica:
Meanwhile: Intel said Wednesday that patches designed to close the vulnerability can result in higher-than-normal reboot levels even on its newer processors. In a statement on its website, Intel also acknowledged that the fixes could lead to a double-digit performance impact on some server workloads.
The Information Technology Industry council, a major tech lobby, sent a letter last night to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services calling for the H-4 visa rule to be upheld, Stef Kight reports.
Why it matters: USCIS is expected to end the H-4 work eligibility program, which allows the spouses of H-1B holders with pending green cards to legally work in the U.S.
Holidays tend to be big times for marijuana businesses, but it turns out that one of the biggest days was the day Donald Trump assumed office. Inauguration Day was the 7th largest sales holiday at Eaze, the medical marijuana delivery firm.
The big six: The top six holidays were 4/20, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, Presidents Day Weekend, Valentine's Day, Halloween and July 4.
Pot shots: Here are a few other things that stood out from Eaze's annual State of Cannabis report.
My partner loves snow and is jealous I'm in D.C., where it snowed on Wednesday. So, for you, AJ (and all the other Login readers) here is a lovely video of snow falling.