It's already a busy week and it's only Monday.
Net neutrality supporters project a message onto a building in D.C. Photo: Mari Matsuri/AFP/Getty Images
The FCC’s net neutrality rules officially end today, but the years-long battle over how to deal with the issue continues, Axios' David McCabe reports, as advocates fight to restore them.
Why it matters: With content companies and internet service providers consolidating and online platforms expanding, the government's choice of whether to police the equal treatment of web traffic has greater consequences than ever.
What’s next? Net neutrality backers describe a multi-pronged strategy to restore the strong rules they prefer.
Yes, but: For his part, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who spearheaded the effort to repeal the rules, promised the Washington Post that his agency is nonetheless "going to be a powerful tool for weeding out any anti-competitive conduct.”
The bottom line: The end of the rules is far from the end of this story. Additional consolidation in the telecom space (a judge will rule Tuesday on whether AT&T’s Time Warner deal can go forward) and developments over the court case will keep advocates and opponents of net neutrality regulations busy.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call
Facebook's troubles in Washington have accumulated over the past year not as the result of a single scandal but through a pileup of missteps large and small.
Why it matters: The controversies — and Facebook’s sometimes-halting response — have painted a picture for policymakers of a company unable to be totally forthcoming about its past mistakes.
Go deeper: David has a timeline of all of the trials and tribulations.
Microsoft announced on Sunday it's buying four game studios and bringing a number of exclusives to the Xbox console.
What's happening: At its E3 press conference, the company said it was acquiring Ninja Theory, Playground Games, Undead Labs and Compulsion Games. That brings a number of franchises in-house, including the popular Forza racing series.
Why it matters: With no new blockbuster hardware expected from the game giants, new titles and exclusives are where it's at. (Microsoft did say its next console is in development.)
Separately, in our Expert Voices section, Marine energy expert David Hume writes about Microsoft's recent announcement of deploying their underwater data center, Project Natick, off the coast of the Orkney Islands in Scotland.
Skip hasn't yet dumped its e-scooters onto the streets of hometown San Francisco, instead quietly testing its service in Washington, D.C., while waiting for San Francisco to put a regulatory regime in place.
San Francisco is giving e-scooter permits to only five companies, but a dozen companies applied. Skip not only will compete against established e-scooter rivals, but also against ride-share giants Uber and Lyft.
Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva has a look at how Skip is trying to stand out from its rivals using a friendlier, play-by-the-rules approach.
I look forward to seeing more signs like this at tech events.