Situational awareness: Apple apologized for the FaceTime bug that had allowed callers to hear recipients before they picked up. The company said an update next week would fix the problem.
Apropos of nothing, Wired has a great piece on why your phone and other electronics shut down when it's freezing cold out.
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At the same time, it was a stunning display of the absolute control Apple has over what runs on the phones it makes, Axios tech editor Scott Rosenberg writes.
Why it matters: The squabble reminds us that all these companies have become gatekeepers with enormous power. One way to map the contours of their turfs is to examine where each can say "no."
Apple controls our phones (if they're iPhones).
Facebook controls our access to people.
Google controls our access to information.
Amazon controls our access to goods and many software services.
The big picture: The early, "permissionless" internet and web found a key to growth by connecting the world and bypassing gatekeepers. We've come nearly full circle in 2 decades.
Go deeper: Read Scott's full story here.
Carbon CEO Joe DeSimone holding a football helmet with 3D printed inserts using the new L1 printer. Photo: Ina Fried/Axios
Carbon, whose unique 3D printing technology makes it suited to both prototyping and mass production, is moving into some new areas thanks to a larger version of its printer.
Why it matters: The technology, which builds parts Terminator 2-style from a pool of liquid resin, has already found a range of uses from car parts to sneakers to dental prosthetics.
Details: Carbon's new 3D printer, known as the L1, is 10 times bigger than the original and 5 times bigger than the current version (known as M2). That makes it better suited to both larger size parts and mass production.
Yes, but: A big question is whether the new helmets make a meaningful difference in player safety.
Meanwhile: The company expects to have 1,000 of its printers installed by the end of this year.
As the smartphone market matures, customers are increasingly sticking with the same operating system when they buy a new model, as evidenced by new data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.
By the numbers: More than 9 in 10 U.S. consumers in 2018 were buying a phone running the same OS as their last one.
Net neutrality protest in February 2018. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images
The net neutrality litigation cycle continues Friday as a three-judge panel considers a challenge to the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of its own previous regulations for internet providers, Axios' David McCabe writes.
Why it matters: From AT&T's purchase of Time Warner to Comcast's Netflix competitor, internet service providers are increasingly getting into the content game, raising questions about whether they will try to use their pipes to boost their content businesses.
The bottom line: Net neutrality backers, which includes public interest groups and tech companies, want to see the repeal struck down — restoring regulations from 2015. The FCC wants things to stay as they are.
The panel of judges is facing multiple questions:
What they're saying: Both sides are — no surprise — projecting optimism.
Amazon distribution center in Germany. Photo: Holger Hollemann/picture alliance via Getty Images
Amazon said Thursday that quarterly sales rose 20% from the same quarter a year ago to $72 billion, which is ahead of what most analysts were projecting. Profits also topped estimates, coming in at $6.04 per share, compared to an average analyst target of $5.56.
The big picture: The growth of Jeff Bezos' e-commerce behemoth shows no sign of slowing down.
Yes, but: Amazon said it expected its spending to rise this year, spooking some investors.