Situational awareness: Nvidia will acquire the chipmaker Mellanox for approximately $6.9 billion. It’s Nvidia's biggest acquisition to date and reportedly tops a bid from rival Intel.
And, I'll be moderating a Q&A tonight after the Silicon Valley premiere of the HBO documentary "The Inventor" about the rise and fall of Theranos. We'll have more in Login tomorrow and hopefully a recording soon.
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For all the many controversies around Facebook's mishandling of personal data, Google actually knows way more about most of us.
That's the takeaway from "What Google knows about you," the second in a series of looks by Axios at all the data being collected by large tech companies. Back in January we took a look at "What Facebook knows about you."
The bottom line: Just how much Google knows depends to some degree on your privacy settings — and to a larger degree on which devices, products and services you use.
Yes, but: Google's reach is nearly inescapable, as Gizmodo's Kashmir Hill found out when she tried to shut the search giant out of her digital life.
The big picture: Google isn't just its namesake search service. It also gets lots of data from its Chrome browser, as well as from YouTube, devices running its Android operating system, Google Assistant and Google Maps. There's also hardware products like Nest and Google Home.
Between the lines: A study last year by Vanderbilt University’s Douglas Schmidt found that Google and Chrome are sending plenty of data to Google even without any user action, including location data (assuming a user hasn't chosen not to share such information).
Go deeper: Read the full piece here.
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The grand bargain of the digital age, in which consumers have traded their data for free services, is coming under belated, but intense scrutiny. However, as Axios' tech team reports, it's too late to regain control of the personal data that's been bought, sold and leaked all over the web for the past 3 decades.
In this weekend's Axios Deep Dive, we looked at the many issues surrounding privacy, from proposed regulations to the role of data brokers to the need for massive personal data to provide the raw fuel of artificial intelligence.
Here's what it's come to:
Why it matters: If information is power, our lackadaisical approach to safeguarding details about our lives has made a handful of companies more powerful than we ever expected, and it's made consumers more vulnerable than ever.
The big picture: A reckoning is underway. Major tech companies have announced sweeping changes to their businesses, with privacy — or at least their own versions of privacy— in mind.
Go deeper: Read the whole report.
For years, critics and investors came to SXSW mostly to scout hot trends, products and talents before they got big. Politicians were present, but definitely not front and center.
What's new: This year all eyes were on up-and-coming political stars like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Beto O’Rourke, as well as presidential hopefuls like Amy Klobuchar, Howard Schultz, Elizabeth Warren and John Hickenlooper.
Why it matters: The invasion of politicians, regulators and political reporters at the festival shows just how much politics has become entrenched in every aspect of our cultural lives.
Yes, but: Noticeably absent from the conversations, events, and parties were conservative politicians and media outlets.
Go deeper: Axios' Sara Fischer has more here.
John Oliver from "Last Week Tonight" used a good chunk of last night's episode to highlight the scourge of robocalls, which he noted are the source of 60% of all complaints to the FCC.
And, to drive the point home, he is robocalling all 5 FCC commissioners every 90 minutes with a message reminding them that they are the ones who could actually do something about robocalls.
Between the lines: Oliver notes that FCC chairman Ajit Pai has done a lot to criticize the practice and has "urged" telecom providers to do more, but he adds new rules are what's needed.
Check out this beyond-half-court shot from Stanford's DiJonai Carrington. The Cardinal went on to upset top-ranked Oregon and claim the Pac-12 tournament championship.