There are more than 650,000 words in Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables."
Today's Login, by contrast, is 1,377 words, a 5-minute read. That said, I doubt seriously it will be made into a musical.
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A federal judge allowed T-Mobile's purchase of Sprint to proceed, ruling against a suit by a coalition of state attorneys general, in a decision released Tuesday morning.
Why it matters: The deal, announced back in April 2018, reduces the number of national carriers from four to three, but creates a much larger rival to AT&T and Verizon, and was seen as vital for Sprint, which has continued to lose market share during the deal's long approval process.
The states' lawsuit was by far the largest remaining hurdle to the T-Mobile/Sprint deal, although California's Public Utilities Commission has yet to approve the deal. The states could also appeal the ruling.
Representatives from T-Mobile and Sprint both declined to comment.
The big picture: The deal comes at a precarious time for antitrust regulation, with a wide push for greater scrutiny for tech companies, new theories of antitrust in the digital age, and new proposals to reorganize federal antitrust authority.
Our thought bubble: The judge's ruling might pave the way for Sprint and T-Mobile to merge while not weighing too heavily on the future of antitrust regulation. This deal was a classic horizontal merger of two companies in the same market, while many of the biggest questions now center around how much power tech companies should be allowed to amass through vertical integration.
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Snapchat is launching a new set of tools and custom content around mental health and wellness, sources tell Axios' Sara Fischer. One tool includes a search function that delivers health and wellness resources on topics including depression, suicide and anxiety.
Why it matters: It's the first product launch around what will be a bigger health and wellness push from Snapchat that will be rolled out in the next few months.
Details: A search tool called "Here For You," will launch in beta Tuesday, along with new content features.
The big picture: Many tech platforms are beginning to invest in health and wellness efforts to ensure the loyalty and wellbeing of their users.
Between the lines: Snapchat's efforts, like Pinterest's, are more about providing resources than they are about fundamentally changing its product.
Go deeper: Tech companies target your sanity
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Lawmakers working to speed a federal framework for autonomous vehicles into law face a key obstacle that stymied previous attempts: who gets sued in collisions.
The big picture: Manufacturers and tech companies want federal rules of the road for their roll-out of self-driving vehicles. But trial lawyers, a powerful lobby, want key questions on liability in a driverless world answered before legislation advances, Axios' Margaret Harding McGill and Joann Muller report.
Driving the news: Daniel Hinkle, an attorney with the American Association for Justice, is one of six people testifying at a House Energy and Commerce consumer protection subcommittee hearing Tuesday.
Yes, but: Others argue the arbitration issue shouldn't hold up urgently needed legislation.
Context: After AV legislation stalled in 2017 and 2018, in part because of questions about liability, lawmakers from both parties in both the House and the Senate are working together on a new bill.
Where it stands: Without federal legislation, a hodgepodge of state laws allows the testing and deployment of self-driving cars.
Docugami CEO Jean Paoli (center), with investors Ilya Kirnos of SignalFire (right) and Bob Muglia (left). Photo: Docugami
For two decades, Jean Paoli worked to make Microsoft's products more standards- compliant, and along the way he helped create the XML format, a key standard for organizing data for consumption by many different platforms. Now, Paoli has raised $10 million for Docugami, a startup that aims to allow businesses to use XML to get a handle on their piles of unstructured data.
Why it matters: Only 15% of business data is stored in databases. "The rest is all this mess," Paoli told Axios.
Details: While others focus on so-called big data, Paoli says Docugami aims to let businesses make use of all their "small data." With as few as 30 files to go on, Paoli says, Docugami’s Microsoft Word plug-in can offer workers suggestions to help create new documents based on prior ones.
Also: Bob Muglia, former CEO of Snowflake and former head of both Microsoft's Office and Azure businesses, is investing and joining the company's board.
Brandless, a SoftBank-backed effort to build an online Trader Joe's for millennials, is shutting down after two and a half years.
Why it matters: It's another black eye for SoftBank's Vision Fund and shows that the direct-to-consumer business model has its limits, particularly for low-priced goods.
Flashback: The company began in 2018, offering a series of household goods and non-perishable foods. Every item sold for $3.
Turns out that acorns can interfere with cell phone calls, at least when a woodpecker puts a few hundred pounds of them into a cell tower.