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Today's tech giants achieved success and scale by promoting their openness, but, as Axios' Scott Rosenberg reports, the industry's open doors are shutting, one by one.
Why it matters: Being "open" allowed tech innovators and companies to claim a sort of moral high ground. Without it, they are increasingly vulnerable to legal and regulatory restraint and popular disaffection.
The big picture: A 50-year arc toward open technology has shaped today's industry.
That arc looks to be ending, as a new wave of change closes tech's open frontiers.
Yes, but: Tech's open ideal brought its own set of problems, and many of these changes arose in response to them. Openness at global scale is difficult (and expensive) to keep safe. Plus, even today's more closed platforms have their own form of openness.
Go deeper: Scott has more here.
Photo: Meta View
A new startup has acquired the assets of defunct augmented reality headset maker Meta.
What's new: Meta View, as the new company is known, has hired some of the old employees but plans to use the wide-field-of-view headset technology for a particular vertical market (which it hasn't yet identified).
Why it matters: The once-promising technology has a new home, but its vision of a desktop computer on your face died with the original Meta. Meta, which had developed 2 generations of its AR headset, abruptly closed its doors earlier this year.
What they're saying: Wright tells Axios that the company is focused on a particular industry, with its planned hardware and software tailored to that market's needs.
What they're not saying: Meta View isn't saying which market they are targeting or how much funding they have.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
It's been a year since Europe's strict new privacy law, known as GDPR, went into effect.
What's happening: Ireland, which is tasked with investigating potential violations by most of the U.S. tech giants, has launched 19 cross-border probes, including 11 against Facebook, according to the BBC.
Why it matters: Despite fears GDPR's rules would be either too onerous or not go far enough, the law is emerging as a model for privacy legislation elsewhere, including in the U.S.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty
Facebook's refusal to remove a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has reignited the debate over how tech platforms should respond to misinformation and hoaxes, Axios' Sara Fischer and I report.
Why it matters: Facebook's decision to eventually demote — not remove — the doctored video has critics questioning whether its standards and processes are adequate to handle constant attempts to spread misinformation on its platform ahead of the 2020 elections.
Driving the news:
The delay in removing the video, which CNN reported was 32 hours, was attributable to the fact that Facebook outsources its fact-checking process to a network of third-party fact-checking partners, and they needed time to inspect the video themselves.
The big picture: Facebook is doing more to explain its rationale and policies, but critics aren't all happy with the platform's decision-making.
Our thought bubble: In an era where video can increasingly be faked, Facebook is surely going to face more tough challenges ahead.
The bottom line: Facebook outsources these decisions so that it doesn't have to make them itself. "We aren't in the news business. We are in the social media business," Monika Bickert, Facebook's head of global policy, said in an interview with Anderson Cooper.
I took my 6-year-old bowling on Saturday. Suffice it to say, it looked nothing like this incredible shot.