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Key Democratic presidential hopefuls displayed their divisions and agreements over what to do about the power of Big Tech in a lengthy chunk of last night's debate, Scott Rosenberg writes.
What they're saying: Sen. Elizabeth Warren outlined the most comprehensive antitrust-enforcement approach.
"I'm not willing to give up and let a handful of monopolists dominate our economy and our democracy. It's time to fight back.... We need to enforce our antitrust laws, break up these giant companies that are dominating, Big Tech, Big Pharma, Big Oil, all of them."— Sen. Warren
Though Warren's dispute with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has generated headlines, the company she took specific aim at was Amazon.
Sen. Kamala Harris, who 2 weeks ago called on Twitter to suspend President Trump's account for his attacks on the Ukraine whistleblower, decried Twitter's inconsistent application of rules, calling it a "grave injustice ... when the rules that apply to the powerless don't apply to the powerful."
Sen. Bernie Sanders did not address the tech industry specifically, but broadened his antitrust attack to include finance, media, and agribusiness: "We need a president who has the guts to appoint an attorney general who will take on these huge monopolies, protect small business, and protect consumers by ending the price fixing that we see every day."
Missing in action: Joe Biden, standing center stage as the nominal front-runner, was not called on by the moderators and did not speak up on the issue.
Why it matters: Hostility toward giant tech companies is the rare issue that unites both parties today.
Tech trivia highlight: Yang gave a shoutout to Bing, Microsoft's failed search engine.
Like Facebook, Twitter is giving elected officials broader freedom, but it's tough to discern where — if anywhere— the platform is drawing a line.
Why it matters: The company posted a statement on Tuesday aimed at clarifying its policies for "world leaders," but it remains to be seen if the rules are anything other than a free pass.
Who the policy covers: Twitter tells Axios it defines "world leaders" fairly broadly, including all who:
Context: Twitter's latest post comes amid calls from Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris for the social network to kick off President Trump.
What politicians can't say on Twitter: In theory, world leaders are supposed to follow the rules that apply to everyone else. That would mean no threats of violence, no promoting terrorism, no engaging in targeted harassment, and no harassing people of a particular race, religion, sexuality or gender.
What politicians can say: Basically — given Twitter's record — the answer seems to be "anything."
Meanwhile: Chinese-owned TikTok said it is forming a committee to determine what its U.S. policies should be around content moderation.
Go deeper: What pols can and can't say on Facebook
Google launched a bunch of new hardware products in New York on Tuesday, but there were few surprises given how much had leaked about the Pixel 4 and other devices.
A few things worth noting:
The bottom line: The Pixel 4 has quite a bit going for it, and with broader distribution, it has a better chance of actually making it to a much broader market.
Illustration: Caresse Haaser/Axios
San Francisco startup Tortoise is working on (eventually) applying self-driving tech developed for autos to scooters and bikes.
As Kia Kokalitcheva reports, the goal isn't to ensure scooter riders don't have to steer, but rather to eliminate the need for human labor that rental companies now use to ferry vehicles around and redistribute them across a city.
The big picture: With "micromobility" potentially emerging as the next big wave of transportation, companies are looking to make scooters and other small vehicles as efficient and convenient as possible. Cutting labor costs and making sure vehicles are always nearby when a customer needs one is Tortoise's pitch.
Driving the news: Tortoise says that it has an agreement with the city of Peachtree Corners in Georgia to deploy and test its scooters on its streets, as well as partnerships with manufacturers like ACTON and Veemo and rental companies like Gotcha and Go X.
How it works: At least for the initial pilot tests, Tortoise's scooters will be fully controlled remotely by the company's staff. Eventually, it will begin integrating autonomous capabilities as cities get more comfortable with the technology.
Yes, but: As with the scooter rental services themselves, regulatory approval is the biggest obstacle, according to Shevelenko. The top question from rental companies so far has been about whether Tortoise can get cities to accept the new tech.