It's never a good sign when I am both on the West Coast and out the door before Login is sent, but such is the case today.
That said, I'm headed down to Mountain View for Google I/O. We'll have live coverage on Axios.com starting around 10am PT.
Chipmaker AMD, long in Intel's shadow, will be at the heart of one of the world's most powerful new supercomputers, a new Cray machine being built for the U.S. Department of Energy.
Why it matters: Though such large-scale computers represent a tiny fraction of the market, they still power advanced basic research — and confer bragging rights on those institutions, companies and, increasingly, nations whose devices top the annual rankings.
What they're saying:
"The biggest battle used to be between vendors, but the new high-performance computing bragging rights are between countries, specifically China versus the U.S."
"China came out of nowhere to get to the top of the high-performance rankings, but the U.S. has reacted swiftly with its exascale commitments."— Patrick Moorhead, analyst, Moor Insights & Strategy
Frontier is also a big deal for both AMD and Oak Ridge.
The big picture: The other wrinkle in the supercomputer battle is the challenge that the big, pricey computers themselves face as Amazon's AWS, Microsoft's Azure and Google's Cloud offer much of the same performance.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Democrats in the Senate and House are proposing legislation Tuesday that would impose substantial, mandatory fines for breaches at credit bureaus, Axios' Joe Uchill reports.
Driving the news: The bill — proposed by Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Mark Warner and Reps. Elijah Cummings and Raja Krishnamoorthi — is a response to the massive 2017 Equifax breach. If it had been in effect at the time of the breach, the proposed legislation would have fined Equifax at least $1.5 billion, by the lawmakers' tally.
Details: The Data Breach Prevention and Compensation Act would fine credit bureaus $100 for each person with at least one piece of private information stolen in a breach, and $50 for each additional piece.
Why it matters: Little has been done to impose cost on credit bureaus for cybersecurity negligence since the Equifax breach.
The other side: Having credit bureaus may put data at risk, but not having credit bureaus may potentially be worse. Without credit bureaus, there's no quick objective test to determine who should get a mortgage or credit card. In the past, that's made it difficult for poor people and minorities to get those services.
The Citi building in Long Island City. Photo: Erica Pandey/Axios
When Amazon announced its retreat from Queens amid a backlash from local activists, Long Island City seemed to have lost 25,000 new jobs and billions of dollars in investment.
Instead, two months later, the neighborhood is experiencing a boom, Axios' Erica Pandey reports.
What's happening: Other companies have grabbed much of the 1.5-million-square-foot, all-glass building that was to be the beachhead of Amazon's Queens expansion, and interest has surged in nearby commercial real estate.
Panelists from the trans and tech session at YTH Live in San Francisco. Photo: Ina Fried/Axios
The mobile revolution is changing how all kinds of information is delivered, including messages about sexual health.
Details: At a conference in San Francisco this week, youth leaders and health policy experts from as far away as Rwanda gathered to share techniques and stories as part of YTH Live.
Why it matters: As Trevor Project's Danielle Ehsanipour notes, organizations have to reach youth where they are at, and increasingly that is through social media.
Also at the event:
The bottom line: The conference drew a lot of notice from leading tech companies and nonprofits, including representatives from Twilio.org, Salesforce.org, Okta and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Who needs a T-shirt cannon when you have WNBA player Kelsey Plum in the house?