Congrats to the Honolulu Little League baseball team, which captured the U.S. and international Little League World Series titles over the weekend in Williamsport, Penn.
Situational awareness: Facebook announced this morning it's removing pages and accounts associated with senior military officials in Myanmar after facing criticism for not acting to reduce violence against that country's Rohingya minority.
Plenty of people have never even heard of esports, but the growing industry was cast into the national spotlight Sunday when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of people participating in and watching a video game tournament.
Also caught in the middle of the tragedy was Twitch, the Amazon-owned service widely used for watching other people play video games, Axios' Sara Fischer reports. Twitch had been broadcasting the event, which was taking place at a bar in Jacksonville, Fla.
The details: Many shots can be heard on the livestream, although the actual shooting took place off camera.
Twitch has taken the video down, but it has gone viral elsewhere on social media.
Why it matters: This is one of the worst instances yet of public violence being broadcast to thousands of people in real time through internet live-streaming. It's also a new kind of headache for Amazon, which has been less implicated than some of its rivals in many of the controversies swirling around social media.
Twitch is by far the most popular streaming platform for gamers, with over 2.2 million monthly unique broadcasters competing for the attention of the site's 15 million daily users, according to the company's website.
Esports has become a massive business, and is expected to nearly double in U.S. revenue 2021, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. PwC estimates that esports will bring in $240 million in U.S. revenue in 2018, which is 10 times more than it brought in just 5 years ago.
The big picture: Increasingly, people are leveraging the mass reach of live-stream platforms to commit violent acts.
Go deeper: Read Sara's full story here.
Sensing that some sort of federal action on privacy might be inevitable, big tech companies are starting to lobby for what they say should be in any regulation, the New York Times reports.
In addition to the specific rules they do and don't want, the tech companies want to pre-empt a state law that was passed in California, the article says.
What they're saying, per NYT:
Our thought bubble: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg indicated months ago that he was open to the right kind of regulation and the spotlight on the tech industry has only intensified since. Supporting some legislation while pushing for language it can live with is a smart move for the tech giants.
A Syrian man checks a phone map after being evacuated from Eastern Ghouta. Photo: Abdullah Hammam/AFP/Getty Images
Over the weekend, Axios' Haley Britzky took a look at several technologies being put to use to aid Syrians as well as those who have fled the war-torn country.
Go deeper: Haley has more here.
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images
Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted out Friday night that the electric car company would remain publicly traded, capping a crazy couple of weeks for the executive, shareholders and Tesla itself.
Here's what to know:
What's next? Musk and Tesla are still likely to face both shareholder lawsuits and an SEC investigation over Musk's original tweet, especially the part about "funding secured." As Axios' Dan Primack tweeted Sunday night:
"The question is no longer if the SEC will determine that Musk lied in his original tweet, thus manipulating the stock. The question now is what it plans to do about it."
Photo: Kari Jones Estabrook
My friend Kari enjoyed this at the Idaho State Fair on Sunday. It looks like a baked potato but I’m assured it’s actually a tasty ice cream treat.