Well, that didn't work out like I'd hoped. That said, congrats to Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs and the city of Kansas City on a great game and a great season.
Through my tears, I did manage to crank out the 1,242 words of today's Login, a 5-minute read.
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The 49ers and Chiefs weren't the only ones trying to score some points on Super Bowl Sunday. Verizon and T-Mobile used football's big day to trade shots over each other's 5G networks.
Why it matters: 5G is starting to arrive, but in different flavors and at different speeds — and with all the heavy marketing hype and consumer confusion that has accompanied past transitions from one generation of wireless to the next.
Driving the news:
The big picture: Heavily touted for its eventual benefits of ultra-fast speeds, 5G is just starting to arrive. In many cases offers only modest speed boosts (T-Mobile and AT&T's initial 5G rollout, which uses low-band airwaves) or very minimal availability (Verizon's network, which uses millimeter-wave frequencies).
To use either flavor of 5G, customers need to purchase one of only a handful of 5G phones on the market.
Our thought bubble: None of the 5G offerings on the market are particularly compelling at the moment. What's really needed is a network that, first, gives consumers enough places where they can use high-speed 5G connections, and second, works with the device they want to use (or at least one they want to buy). That will start to be more of a reality later this year.
Meanwhile: Plenty of other tech companies forked over the big bucks for a Super Bowl ad.
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YouTube will bar videos that lie about the mechanics of an election, the company announced in a blog post Monday, as Axios' Margaret Harding McGill and Sara Fischer report. But YouTube indicated it remains reluctant to crack down more broadly on deceptive political speech, as some critics have demanded.
Why it matters: YouTube's content policies — which are separate from the advertising policies Google outlined in the fall — do not ban political falsehoods at a time when tech platforms are under fire to limit misinformation about candidates and elections.
Driving the news: In new explanations refining its stance, YouTube clarified how its deceptive practices policy applies to election-related content, including deepfakes.
YouTube's efforts also include giving "authoritative voices," including news sources, higher ranking in search and "watch next" recommendations to combat political and election misinformation.
The big picture: Critics argue that YouTube's algorithms promote extreme points of view and conspiracy theories. They've long charged the service with promoting hate speech and allowing its video recommendations to become an engine of radicalization.
What's next: YouTube notes that the overview of its current practices will not be the end of its efforts on election-related content.
In a separate blog post, Google pulls together its efforts to help campaigns effectively use its platforms, its work on tracking abuse and threats, and how it will help voters.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai told lawmakers Friday he intends to propose fines against at least one U.S. wireless carrier for sharing customers' real-time location data with outside parties without the subscribers' knowledge or consent, Margaret reports.
Why it matters: The FCC has been investigating for more than a year, following revelations that subscriber location data from AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint made its way to a resale market used by bounty hunters.
Driving the news: Pai said in letters to several lawmakers that the agency's investigation has found that "one or more wireless carriers apparently violated federal law."
What they're saying: Democrats who have called on the FCC for an investigation said this conclusion is overdue.
Go deeper: Location data is ground zero in privacy wars
Intel is dropping development of the line of neural network processors it acquired through its $400 million purchase of AI chipmaker Nervana in 2016.
Why it matters: The move comes amid continued competition from Nvidia and others and follows Intel's purchase in December of Habana Labs, another startup in the AI chip space.
An Intel representative told Axios the company wants to focus on a single product line and will build on Habana's technology going forward.
"The Habana product line offers the strong, strategic advantage of a unified, highly-programmable architecture for both inference and training," Intel said.
The company will continue supporting the current chip running Nervana's technology, known as Spring Hill, but is canceling work on a follow-up known as Spring Crest.
Ready to have your mind blown for (at least) the second time in two weeks? Here you go.