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When it comes to the four major carriers, everyone says they're going to be first with 5G.
It turns out, though, they all mean something different when they say that.
Why it matters: It's always a race to be first with a new generation of technology (and to claim being first, which isn't always the same thing.) The stakes are extra high — both within the U.S. and on the global stage, with China, Korea, Japan and others all looking to be ahead of the game.
Heating up: Expect even more noise (and therefore more confusion) when the cellphone industry's big conference, Mobile World Congress, starts Feb. 26 in Barcelona, Spain.
Once again, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter were caught flat-footed during a major news story, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
What's happening: This time the platforms saw conspiracy theories about survivors of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting elevated on their sites through algorithms that promote trending topics and popular content.
Why it matters: Pressure is building on social media companies to better manage the spread of misinformation during breaking news. But they're struggling to contain the problem without compromising openness, which can also help get facts out quickly.
Yes, and: While YouTube, Facebook and Twitter were caught flat-footed once again, the young survivors of the shooting proved they were up to the challenge, going after conspiracy theorists and opponents with skill and vigor.
More: Read Sara's full story here.
The Federal Communications Commission plans to unveil an updated nationwide map of broadband access today, the first update to the map since 2014.
Why it matters: Consumers can use the map to get a closer look at broadband availability in their hometowns, and the map can inform policymaker's decisions as they try to bring internet access to areas that lack it, Axios' David McCabe reports.
The bigger picture: Chairman Ajit Pai has made closing the digital divide a key talking point of his tenure at the FCC. The White House's recent infrastructure proposal includes money the administration says could be used to provide internet to rural areas, although no funds were earmarked explicitly for broadband.
Yes, but: Expect FCC Democrats to raise concerns about the accuracy of the FCC's data on broadband deployment (data that is provided by internet service providers) that, according to a source familiar with the matter, will be used in the map.
What else to watch at the meeting:
Separately: The FCC's net neutrality repeal is set to become official today. The fight isn't over though, as Axios' Kim Hart reports, with possibilities remaining for a court challenge or congressional reinstatement.
Included in Sacramento's bid to host the 2022 or 2023 NBA All-Star Game is a pledge from Airbnb to help out with housing out-of-towners.
The details: As part of the city's effort, Airbnb said it would set up an "All-Star ambassador" program to encourage the 115,000 Airbnb users in Sacramento to open their homes as well as with Sacramento Kings season ticket holders.
Why it matters: While Airbnb regularly organizes accommodations for cities hosting large events, this is the first time the company has joined a team in their bid for a major sporting event.
A man demonstrating advanced yoga poses. Photo: Creative Touch Imaging Ltd. / NurPhoto via Getty Images
Ever wonder how many calories you are burning doing yoga? Well Apple has applied for a patent for a means of doing just that.
Apple's proposal suggests using a heart-rate sensor, a thermometer to measure ambient temperature and motion-sensing.
Why it matters: The pitch for Apple Watch is being able to measure your exercise, whatever it is. And people hate it when their form "doesn't count."
From Apple's filing:
"A motion sensing module can collect user's motion data. In some embodiments, a hot yoga session can be detected based on measured ambient temperature. In some embodiments, a yoga type can be detected based on the motion data. In some embodiments, an energy expenditure model can be applied based on the determined yoga type."