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When the head of Huawei's phone business told me in 2016 that he expected the company to pass Apple or Samsung (or both) to become the No. 1 or No. 2 smartphone maker in the world, it sounded improbable.
But, the Chinese phone maker did just that over the last couple of years.
Driving the news: Its smartphone effort could be in peril, though, amid new regulations enacted by the Trump administration that ban U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei.
Why it matters: In China, phone buyers don't rely on Google services and there are a number of other outside app stores. In nearly all other markets, though, access to Google's Play Store and key apps like Maps, Gmail and YouTube are considered table stakes for an Android device.
The big picture: One Huawei advantage is that, unlike many smartphone makers, it makes its own core processors, meaning it doesn't rely on Qualcomm chips. But a lot more goes into a phone than just the software and main processor, including other hardware elements Huawei obtains from abroad.
What's next: Huawei and Google can seek Commerce Department permission to continue their work together, either broadly on phones or perhaps more narrowly to ensure existing customers maintain direct access to security updates. Likewise for other partners.
The bottom line: This is a giant blow to Huawei, but don't expect China to sit idly by. Just as Huawei is dependent on U.S. software, many U.S. tech companies, including Apple, are largely or wholly dependent on Chinese companies to manufacture their products.
Go deeper: Read more of the full story.
Sound hardware company Sonos has hired a good chunk of the engineering talent left jobless from the abrupt closure of consumer robot maker Anki.
Details: Sources say that Sonos has hired at least 20 technical people from Anki, with the hires to form the basis of a new San Francisco office for Sonos.
Why it matters: Good hardware engineers are hard to find and Sonos sources say the company had immediate need for the skills possessed by Anki's team.
Yes, but: This probably won't help owners of Anki devices, as the team will be working on other Sonos-related projects. Sonos just hired the former engineers; it didn't acquire Anki's IP or product lines.
ICYMI: Before shutting down, Anki said it would keep operational the cloud services needed by its devices and that it had contracted for support should software updates be needed. However, it offered only scant details.
Amazon packages zoom through the warehouse. Photo: Erica Pandey/Axios
My Axios colleague Erica Pandey recently spent an afternoon at a 1-million-square-foot-Amazon warehouse near Baltimore, where more than 2,500 workers assemble, package and ship orders every day.
Why it matters: These jobs are among the most stressful, low-paying and physically taxing in the country — and many of them face ongoing threats from automation. The Baltimore employees make up just 2% of the 125,000 Amazon associates across North America who ensure your Prime packages arrive the next day.
How it works: The orders make it through the Baltimore facility with lightning speed. Within 4 hours after your purchase, your laundry detergent or bag of chips is on its way.
Our thought bubble: Erica says she tried packing 2 boxes on her visit. Each took her a couple of minutes, but Cliff Knight, a packaging associate with Amazon for more than 2 years, says he does a box every 5 to 15 seconds.
Go deeper: You can read Erica's full take here.
Uber's explosive growth to a valuation of more than $3 billion within 3 years of its seed round has been notable, but today's scooter startups have ascended even faster, Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva writes.
Why it matters: Scooter companies like Bird and Lime benefitted from the optimism ride-hailing companies created about transportation services. But they're now facing an increasing number of questions about their ability to sustain this growth including concerns about seasonality and vehicle costs.
Of note: Bird's total scooter trips have continue to grow, though the company declined to share updated data with Axios. Instead, the company says it has been focused on its profitability per ride.
Methodology: Axios created the chart above using data from company news announcements, Pitchbook, and Uber trip data tabulated by Michal Naka.
Over the weekend, the Axios team posted a deep dive on how different technologies are reshaping human notions of memory.
The full package is worth a read, but here are a few key points I wanted to implant in your mind.
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