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The tech industry was born largely union-free, but there are signs its long management-worker harmony may be ending, as Axios' Scott Rosenberg writes.
Driving the news: Companies big and small have been making headlines more commonly associated with old-line manufacturing firms than tech giants.
The big picture: Silicon Valley's labor strategy has always aimed to replace the worker-vs.-management bargaining of the unionized industrial era with mission-driven, stock option-aligned unity.
Between the lines: That was always at best an aspiration, and at worst a fiction, but it helped keep large swathes of the tech industry union-free.
What's happening: Several factors are opening big cracks in that model.
The catch: In each of these cases, an "in" group gets all the spoils, while everybody else gets a lot less.
The other side: Anti-union sentiment remains a powerful belief in much of the tech world, which sees organized labor as "friction" that reduces corporate agility and divides manager-employee teams.
What's next: For decades federal administrative and legal support for labor has weakened. But if the Democrats take the White House and Congress in 2020, that could shift — at the same moment that more tech workers are growing disgruntled.
Go deeper: Big Tech workers call out their companies
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Photo: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
As protests over gas prices erupted last weekend, Iranian officials cut the nation's access to the internet. On Wednesday, according to state media, the government declared victory over the protests. Yet the internet has only begun to trickle back online, as Axios' Joe Uchill reports.
Why it matters: Keeping the internet off prevented global reporting of police abuses and prevents domestic coordination between protesters, Adrian Shahbaz of the human rights group Freedom House told Axios.
While reporting is spotty, largely because of the internet shutdown, Shahbaz said he has spoken with Iranians, who confirmed that the nation shut down its global internet connections, but left some access to national, internal sites.
As of Thursday morning on the U.S. East Coast, internet connectivity in Iran was only at 10% of its typical levels, according to connectivity monitor NetBlocks. That's up from 5% during the height of the protests.
President Obama, speaking at Dreamforce 2019, with Salesforce co-CEO Marc Benioff. Photo: Salesforce
"We need to stop believing that more and bigger is better. We are chasing the wrong things," former President Obama told a Silicon Valley audience Thursday.
Why it matters: Obama's warning has an added layer of meaning here, where the tech industry has grown powerful and rich by mastering the art of "scaling up."
The big picture: Speaking at Salesforce's Dreamforce conference, Obama traced many of the problems in today's society to uncertainty fueled by globalization and automation, along with an underlying misconception of what it takes to be satisfied.
The bigger picture: Technology and globalization have "turbocharged" the anxiety, and we need to deal with the social issues that has created, he said.
Tim Cook, Presdient Trump and Ivanka Trump at the Austin facility where the new Mac Pro is being manufactured. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images
For all its cringeworthy moments, there's a reason Tim Cook and President Trump were willing to pose next to one another in Texas this week: They both need each other.
Driving the news: The president showed up at the Austin factory where Apple makes the Mac Pro because he desperately needs to show something high tech being manufactured in America. Meanwhile, Apple needs the government's support, particularly when it comes to China and tariffs.
My thought bubble: For all the political expedience of the photo op, it's an image that indelibly ties the two men together and could easily become something that Cook (or even Trump) comes to regret.
Yes, but: At least Cook met with Trump out in the open. We only just learned — via some NBC News sleuthing — that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg dined at the White House last month, breaking bread with President Trump and board member Peter Thiel.
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